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When talking to a solar power retailer, you’re often told how much you’ll be save on your energy bill if you switch to solar power and those savings also determine how long it will take you to pay back your solar power system. But what are these calculations based on and how can you calculate your potential solar savings yourself? In this article we explain it all. You might feel that the numbers your solar…

When speaking to a solar power retailer, you might have gotten the question if you have single phase or three phase electricity at your property. In this article we look at what single phase and three phase electricity is and how you can find out what you have. a single phase AS/NZS 3112 outlet Single phase Single phase electricity is the regular electricity we use to power our TV and charge our phones with.  It’s…

When talking to your solar power retailer, they might mention the option of “oversizing” your solar power system. In this article we look at what that means and and if oversizing is right for you. What is “oversizing” exactly? At the core of a solar power system, you have panels that generate electricity and an inverter that converts that generated electricity into electricity that you can use to charge your phone and other devices. Solar…

From 1 July 2019 onwards, the Victorian government is providing interest free loans for solar power in addition the $2,225 solar power rebate. Allowing homeowners to get solar power at little to no up-front cost. In this article we look at what exactly is being offered and what you need to know. What’s being offered At nearly $2,000 per year for many households, electricity is a big fixed cost. And that bill seemingly goes up…

When talking about solar power, most of us think about the black panels you see on roofs. While an integral part of a solar power system, it’s only one of the many components that make up a solar power system. In a series of articles we’re taking a detailed look at all the different parts of a solar power system, what their function is and what you should be looking for when purchasing. This article…

As the government is working on tax relief legislation, there are some that are asking the government to do something about the energy price increases first. Stating that there’s a potential that any benefit from the tax relief legislation could be nullified by energy price hikes. In this article we look at a couple of scenarios and what that would mean for your return on investment for solar power. For either a system you already…

From 1st July, 2019 the Victorian government is offering a rebate for solar power battery storage solutions of up to $4,839. Like the solar PV rebate, this rebate comes with strict requirements for both the customers and the retailers. In this article we list everything you need to know. What is the Victorian government offering exactly The Victorian government will provide $40 million to support 10,000 households to install a solar home battery system through…

Update 1 July 2019: This is an older article. The solar power rebate is now back and you can read everything you need to know in this article. At the end of 2018 the Victorian government announced the solar power rebate. The government said that they would pay for 50% of new solar power installations up to $2,225 for the first 24,000 eligible households to apply. And Victorians did. In droves. Fast forward to the…

Anyone who’s spent any time researching solar power has come across the letters CEC. Clean Energy Council Australia. In this article we take a closer look at what they do and why those three letters are so important. When we buy a new car, we don’t check whether or not it has seatbelts and airbags. In 2019 we know that’s a given. We know that there are minimal standards a manufacturer has to meet before…

Congrats! You’re growing your family, which is the most rewarding time in your life! How do you make sure all of your hard work pays off, or at least keeps your bank accounts happy? Your routines change As any parent will tell you; kids are hard work. They can make a fulltime job seem like a walk in the park. Young kids keep you busy 24/7- often times leading to one or more parents staying…