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Free heat pump for Victorian homes upgrading from an old electric hot water system
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Free heat pump on the cards for Victorian homes upgrading from an old electric hot water system Do you live in Victoria?  And do you have an inefficient electric hot water system that’s at least three years old? If you

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Powercor households stand to save even more with solar
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This blog is relevant if you live in the Powercor network area which is: Melbourne western suburbs  central, western, and north-west Victoria.    Map of Powercor network distribution area   For anyone thinking about installing solar panels in the Powercor network

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What to look out for when shopping around for solar feed-in tariffs
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How do you get the best deal for your solar feed-in tariff?  And how do you avoid signing up for an electricity deal that charges you over the odds? A recent ABC report found that, on average, Australian households can

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Is solar worth buying if you’re a business owner who leases their premises?
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Yes, a commercial solar panel system is worth buying if you are a business owner who leases their premises. That’s because most businesses consume the majority of their electricity between 9am and 5pm, which is when solar panels work the

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Will my solar panels still work when it’s cold and cloudy?
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Winter is approaching. As the weather gets cooler, the number of days that are cloudy and overcast are increasing. If you’re thinking about getting solar panels on your home, this may be a concern. You may be wondering whether solar

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SolarEdge vs Enphase: Which is best?
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If you’re shopping around for a new solar panel system, chances are you’ll come across SolarEdge and Enphase.  Both are excellent solar inverter systems; arguably two of the best solar systems money can buy. The reason why Enphase and SolarEdge

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Can I install a single-phase inverter on a three-phase home?
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Yes, you can install a single-phase inverter on a three-phase home.  It is a good solution because you get the full value of your solar generation across all three phases, and you don’t have to pay for a more expensive

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Why your next hot water system should be a heat pump
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Hot water heating accounts for 20 per cent of the total energy bill of most Australian homes. The best way to lower your hot water heating bills is to install a heat pump hot water system and power it with

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How safe is your solar?
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Most solar panel systems are perfectly safe and cause no harm to property or people.  However, poorly installed solar systems using low quality products can be risky. The risk can arise with solar panel systems that use a string inverter. 

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Buying solar on finance: Why it’s a smart move
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Why pay for solar with cash? You finance your car and your phone – why not solar as well? Solar pays for itself. A well-designed solar panel system, paid for on finance, should be cashflow positive from day one. Your

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The difference between a workmanship warranty and full system warranty
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If you’re thinking of installing solar panels, there are two important warranties to watch out for: the workmanship warranty and the full system warranty. A workmanship warranty should come as standard with any solar panel system purchased in Australia. However,

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Free in-home energy monitor for Victorian homes
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If you can’t measure it, you can’t monitor it.  This saying holds true for your home electricity usage, as much as anything else. If you know how much electricity you and your family are using – and what it’s costing

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Tier 1 solar panels. Does it mean they’re any good?
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Did you know that there are 5,465 solar panel brands from 99 solar manufacturers on the Australian Clean Energy Council approved solar panels list? We are spoilt for choice in Australia when it comes to solar panels. Whilst choice is

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What size solar system do I need?
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One of the first questions people ask us when thinking about going solar is, “What size solar system do I need?”. A few years ago, the answer would have been, “Size your solar system to meet your current daytime electricity

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Want green electricity and a great deal? Where to look for the best offers
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Electricity retailers are switching onto the fact that, increasingly, homes and businesses want their electricity to come from renewable energy sources. The demand for so-called green electricity is skyrocketing. Never slow to miss an opportunity, electricity retailers are responding with

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Warranties on your solar panel system: what you need to check
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Your solar system is meant to last 25-30 years – so getting the best warranties is vital. There are a lot of ‘smoke and mirrors’ in the solar world when it comes to warranties. This post demystifies the topic and

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