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It is a well-known fact that using the sun to power your home can help in reducing your electricity bills and provide your home with a clean source of energy but that is not all, read below to find out how switching to solar electricity can benefit your home.
Australia is the land of abundant sunshine, we experience more solar radiation for every square kilometre compared to any other place in the world. We get around 10, 000 times more energy from the sun alone compared to what Australians use in a complete year. Using Solar panels can help to harness this incredible source of renewable energy.
Making the most of solar energy
Solar panels attract the Sun’s energy and convert it into a usable form of electricity that helps to power appliances around our home. The panels are made up of photovoltaic cells and are usually fixed to the home’s roof and positioned in such a way that they make most use of their exposure to the Sun’s light. When the sunlight hits, electricity is generated. An inverter is used in order to convert the DC electricity to AC electricity that can be used inside your home.
The energy obtained from the Sun can also be used to heat your home or warm water for drinking or bathing. Heating water can make up to a third of the total electricity bill, therefore just heating water using a solar hot water machine can have an impact on the amount of energy you draw from the grid.
The monetary benefits of switching to solar
Switching to a solar power system can be very rewarding, financially. Initially there are set-up and start-up costs and they can be quite heavy. Nonetheless it’s worth looking at these as an investment rather than a burden, as there are many ongoing benefits for owners that make up for the start-up costs. Few of them are:
• As you create your own energy, you use less from the grid and you save a lot on your electricity bills.
• When your panels generate more electricity than you require powering your household, you can sell the excess back into the grid which differs from each State and Territory.
• Solar panels might be a great selling point if you ever decide to sell or lease off your property as it can add a lot of value to your home.
The Essentials

As it’s quite a substantial investment, it’s a good idea to evaluate and really understand how a solar power system works before you have one installed. Doing ample research and seeking professional help can also help ensure you make the right decision.

Here are a couple of other things to consider before making the change:
• The competence of your solar power system will hinge on many factors which include the panel type, the system size and the location of your home.
• The effectiveness of your solar system and how much electricity your household uses will impact the extent to how much you can count on your solar generated power to replace traditional energy sources.
• Be practical. Solar power can work harmoniously with grid power so you won’t find yourself in the dark during a storm. You’ll still be able to access electricity from the grid when the Sun’s power isn’t sufficient. Similarly, it can be impractical to think you can power your home with solar at all times.
• In order for the solar powered system to work to its maximum, ensure your house is north facing and has a roof that is not shaded.
• Schemes by the Government will affect how your solar power system is discounted and how you receive rebates for the electricity you produce. It’s better to check out your individual State or Territory to see what you would be eligible for and how you can benefit further from your solar power system
• Confirm that any purchase satisfies industry standards and that any installation is done by a qualified installer.

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