In a time when it’s unimaginable to go through the day without some sort of electronic device, or let alone without the internet, it’s needless to say modern households have a great number of devices (read three devices per person in a family on average) and appliances that are used on a daily basis. Sure, we’ve become so attached that we can see all the benefits of the tech world, but at what cost?
If paying for the devices wasn’t enough, we see an increase in the amount we get to pay in the form of electricity bills; that’s also without mentioning the rest of the expenses. So, what’s a way out of this, if there is any? Opting for solar energy by purchasing solar products, of course. Everyone knows Australia is the sunniest country, since there’s more solar coverage (more direct normal irradiance) per square metre than anywhere else on the planet.
It’s important to do your math before you actually carry on with the purchase of solar products (e.g. off grid package – solar panels, inverters, MPPT regulators, batteries) so you’d know how much of coverage it is you require, based on the amount of usage of electricity in your household. This ensures the solar powered system you install provides the sufficient amount of energy. What’s so desired about these systems is the chance to go off grid, and the fact you actually use renewable energy that doesn’t harm the environment.
The next step would be to make a thorough inspection of your home, and see whether the insulation is at a satisfactory level. If you want to count on successful check-up, equip with a laser thermometer and head to the openings such as windows, doors, floors, vents, and light switches, so as soon as you notice a temperature difference, you’d know where there’s leakage.
Gaps can easily be fixed with insulation foam. Speaking of insulation, it’s also advisable to insulate your water heater, and make sure the fridge gets regular check-up and maintenance – the two are huge wasters of energy in your home.
Another aspect you should pay attention to is the lighting. Sure, we all need lighting, there’s no way around it, but you can at least install dimmer light switches so you’d use the appropriate amount of energy at the appropriate part of the day, and get to create a soothing atmosphere at that. Don’t forget, prudent baby step choices lower the bill, and help save the planet in the long run.