July2016

Tips for keeping your solar panels clean and properly maintained

Ok, all the hard work is done. You’ve researched panels and inverters, sought out a few different quotes [hopefully from us *wink * ] and finally made that big decision to go solar. Now what? Well, you could look at the panels from a real “set and forget” point of view, but you might be […]

Get more out of your solar power system by using water as a battery

When the sun shines at its brightest, many  homes with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generate more electricity than they use. When this happens, excess electricity is exported to the grid. In the old days (say, about 2009), most householders would be pretty happy with this, given that in Victoria, for example, it would have […]

The hidden energy cost of smart homes

Light globes that change colour with the tap of an app, coffee machines you can talk to, and ovens that know exactly how long to cook your food: our homes are getting smart. These devices, just a few examples of what is known as “the internet of things” (or IOT), have been called the “next […]

Here’s how smart power could help the UK reach 100% renewable energy

Both Portugal and Germany have recently succeeded in meeting almost all of their power needs using renewable energy. But at the moment, the UK falls far short of this feat. In 2015,less than a quarter of the country’s energy was generated from renewable power sources such as wind, solar, hydro and bio-energy. If the UK […]