Solar Power – What’s Happening in Australia

Rotex PV Hot water

I spent a couple of hours last week looking around the Australian Solar Council ‘Solar 2015 Exhibition and Conference‘.

So here are a few things which may be of interest if you are planning a new house.

Hot Water from Photovoltaic (PV) Panels

This is a Rotex Hot Water Service that uses Photo Voltaic Power [read more…]

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Passiv Haus

Castlemaine Pasiv Haus

What is a Passiv Haus (Passive House)?

Well as you might have guessed the term originates in Germany, and relates to a method of achieving more sustainable performance (and lower Energy Bills)

It’s a technique which doesn’t rely on good orientation, high thermal mass and natural cross flow ventilation to provide comfortable [read more…]

Solar Electricity To Heat Water

Do you need a separate solar hot water system?

Could you just heat the water by electricity generated by your Photo Voltaic (PV) solar cells?

I have carried out a desktop exercise to help you review the options.

Solar Water Heaters

There are now hundreds of thousands of solar hot water heaters installed around Australia [read more…]

Update on Solar Power, and Tariffs

tariffs smart meter

To get the best benefit from Grid Connected Solar Power you need to be up to date with the latest tariffs that apply to your installation.

These days the Feed In Tariff (FIT) is much less than a few years ago.

Power Tariffs

Here in Victoria the FIT for excess power put into the [read more…]

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Solar Power – Inverters

What Are Inverters?

Basically an inverter is a device which converts the electricity from your solar panels to a form that can be used by normal domestic appliances, and lights.

The electricity generated by the solar panels is Direct Current (DC) but the typical home runs on Alternating Current (AC)*.

*It is possible to run [read more…]

Energy Through The Windows

Glass transmission

Ever wondered how much actual benefit you get from the sun shining in?

How The Sun’s Energy Warms Your Home.

Basically when the suns energy (which includes both visible and invisible energy such as Infra Red and Ultra Violet [UV] radiation) hits your window three things happen to the energy:

Reflection – Plain glass [read more…]

Garage Door Insulation

insulating garage door

Most garages are too hot in Summer and too cold in Winter.

If you want to use the garage as a workshop . . or even a man cave, it will be much more comfortable if its insulated.

Maintaining a comfortable temperature in the garage also means it makes a better Buffer Zone for the [read more…]

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Tank House – Win!

Tank House 1

For all you water collecting enthusiasts can you beat this home?

Two sides of the house are lined with plastic rainwater tanks!

Not surprisingly its called the ‘Tank House’ and is located in Port Melbourne.

Although there are a considerable number of tanks that are plumbed for water storage there are some ‘dummy [read more…]