As well has having huge environmental benefits, solar power installation in Canberra and around the A.C.T. s increasingly seen as a core component of energy efficiency for home owners. European countries, notably Germany, have for many years led the way in building ‘total energy efficiency’ into their homes through:
- Energy efficiency home design. This includes ensuring the building materials used in construction have highly efficient insulating properties and making maximum use of available sunshine and ‘passive’ heating by ensuring the orientation of the home is optimal .
- Designing in energy efficient lighting solutions like L.E.D. and compact fluorescent lights.
- Installing double glazing where applicable.
- Using home appliances like refrigerators, air conditioning, heating systems, hot water systems and home entertainment systems that meet stringent energy efficiency ratings.
- Installing solar panel systems to reduce reliance on fossil fuel generated electricity and reduce power bills.
This model applies equally well in the A.C.T.and in fact better, because of the higher number of days of sunshine experienced in Australia versus Germany.
Energy Audits Make Sense
Knowing how energy is consumed in your home and the amount of energy used is very important when looking to create an energy efficient home. By looking at power ratings of appliances and their energy efficiency, some home owners find that there can be financial benefits in replacing energy inefficient appliances. Hot water heating systems often account for a large proportion of domestic energy usage and it can be worth considering solar hot water heating system in many instances.
Solar Power Systems Replace Grid Supplied Electricity
Having looked at the ‘demand side of home power usage and taking measures to reduce electricity consumption, we now look at how solar panels can cut the amount of power we need to draw from the grid. Solar systems work by converting visible light energy from the sun into electrical energy through silicon cells integrated into solar panels. The silicon material has a unique property that causes a flow of electricity through the silicon when exposed to visible light – resulting in electricity. This electricity is sent to a solar inverter that changes the electricity produced within the solar panels into alternating current – or a.c. electricity that is used in the home.
By firstly examining how e use electricity in our home and how we can make more efficient use of that electricity we take the first step in creating an energy efficient home. We can also look at how we conserve energy usage through implementing insulation technologies and home design. Finally, we look to generate as much electricity within our own home as possible, through solar power installation. Canberra’s climate makes taking these steps very worthwhile both on environmental grounds and in drastically cutting our home energy bills.