A few simple moves can save you around $600 a year on electricity and about 70 percent on heating bills, while at the same time such moves are key to a safer climate, cleaner air and a coal and gas mining free environment. Installing solar on the roof is not only a question of saving money but also about living more sustainably.
YOUR OWN SOLAR
► Install roof solar
Cost are coming down constantly and some schemes have zero upfront costs. It takes between three to seven year before your investment in the solar PV equipment has paid itself back by the savings you make on your electricity bill, and after that, you can happily continue to harness free electricity from the sun.
Around 2.5 million Australians live in homes with solar panels on the roof because it pays off. When you include the investment costs, newly started solar owners are currently paying between 7 and 10 cents per kilowatthour for their electricity as opposed to the prices in the range of 30 cent from the grid, delivered by power plants.
In other words, it is time to get a quote from a solar installer in Geelong! There are more than 20 of them listed in the directory ‘Sustainable Geelong’ which you receive for free when you become a member of the organisation which has published it, Geelong Sustainability Group.
The Renew Geelong initiative is so far cooperating with the following local solar installers:
» City To Surf Solar Plus: www.citytosurfsolar.com.au
» Green Earth Electrical: www.greenearthelectrical.com
» Green Energy Options: www.greenenergyoptions.com.au
» Green Line Engineering: www.greenlineengineering.com.au
Guide to Installing Solar PV for Households
The Clean Energy Council has published a free guide to buying and installing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels for your home.
» See more: www.solaraccreditation.com.au
“Australian households looking to install rooftop solar will now have access to an independent consumer guide, to help ensure they install the PV system best suited to their needs.
The guide, produced by the Clean Energy Council and launched today at Clean Energy Week in Sydney, takes prospective customers through a seven-step process to help them choose the appropriate rooftop solar system and avoid common pitfalls.”
RenewEconomy – 24 July 2014:
Consumer guide to rooftop solar launched by CEC
Solar guide for download
“Energy Matters’ Solar Power Consumer Guide will help you select the right solar power system and avoid potential pitfalls. 23 pages of valuable information – it’s free to download”
» Download here: www.energymatters.com.au
Around Australia, experiments are rolled out where citizens join a co-op and crowdfund a larger solar plant. It is only a matter of time before one is started here in Geelong. Watch this space, and also, check this list with Community Energy links.
» Embark: How to start a community group
» The People’s Solar: Crowdfunding solar power
SUPPORT A SOLAR ‘CHAIN REACTION’
If you support Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia, you are helping setting off a ‘chain reaction’ that will be funding renewable energy far into the future and empower us all. CORENA Fund is a people-powered movement to fast track the renewable energy revolution.
► Switch halogen down-lights to LEDified LEDs
► Insulate your walls, ceiling and floors
► Put double-glass in windows
The online power company Powershop lets you choose green or the cheapest power available all while supporting renewable energy generation. A smartphone app helps you reduce energy use. PLUS, being 100% online, Powershop = no paper bills = happy trees!
► Energy Australia: Green energy options
Switching to one of Energy Australia’s GreenPower government accredited PureEnergy options is marketed as “the easiest way for your household to help reduce the environmental impact of electricity generation in Australia.”
» PureEnergy plans: www.energyaustralia.com.au
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