Solar panel systems are becoming more and more popular with many homeowners looking for a way to reduce the amount of money they pay each month for electricity. Solar panels are the simplest way to improve the overall energy efficiency of your home only and quickly.

At Always Energy, we are a team of expertly trained solar panel installers with years of experience in the industry. We help homeowners of all types find the right alternative energy solution for them.

When installing solar panels, it’s essential to understand that you need to use daylight and sunlight appropriately so you can generate as much energy as possible.

Every solar system uses different technology to produce energy. So, it is essential to look at the make and model of your chosen solar panels before installing them.

To learn more about properly using sunlight and daylight hours for your solar panels, continue reading.

Understanding when solar panels use power to generate light

The two terms daylight and sunlight are often confused, while they may sound like the same thing, they’re not. Daylight simply refers to any hours during the day in which darkness is not present in the sky.

Sunlight hours refers to the actual amount of hours that sunlight is directly visible in your area. Solar panels work by drawing energy from the sun, so without sunlight, power cannot be produced.

In various regions across the NSW part of Australia, sunlight is prominent for many hours during the day. So, it is one of the optimal locations to install solar panels if you want maximum energy efficiency.

Also, you need to prioritise exposing your solar panels to as much sunlight as possible. This will increase the amount of energy stored and produced in your system over time. Thus, lowering your direct grid energy costs substantially.

Getting the most efficiency from your solar panel system

There are several types of solar panels available for purchase on the market. Choosing the right one for your home means maximising the amount of energy you produce overall.

Our team at Always Energy can help you make an educated decision about which solar panel system is right for your exact needs. We’ll get an accurate assessment of your needs as it relates to energy production and how much sunlight is available in a particular area.

Once we identify these variables, we will be able to recommend the perfect solar panel system for your home. One way you can reduce the amount of energy you consume is by automating your appliances and their operation.

You can set your washer/dryer machine to automatically start at a specific time during the day and cut off at one particular time at night. This will help improve the overall efficiency of your electricity consumption so that you can see a drop in your comprehensive monthly bill.

Understanding the exact type of solar panel system you need

It’s essential to keep in mind, peak electricity consumption times do not equal peak energy production times. So, need to understand that each household uses a varying amount of energy.

Let Always Energy help you install solar panels!

Our team at Always Energy will assist you with installing solar panels Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Nambucca Heads and surrounding areas, so you can start saving money on your energy bill today.

To get started with the entire process, simply fill out the contact form on our website or give us a call. Always Energy is here to help you!

Electricity bills are set to increase at an average of 3% over the next 12 months. Having a quality solar system installed pays dividends in many ways. There are currently solar incentives from the Australian Government, and you save money on your electricity bill. If there is excess electricity produced by your solar panels it is sold back to the grid, so you make a profit from the electricity company.

How Do I Save on My Up Front Costs?

When you order solar systems in Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie and other areas of New South Wales the Australian government provide a solar rebate that can reduce the costs of your solar system by up to one third. There are a number of different solar systems to choose from.

Long Term Financial Benefits

Once you have had your solar installation done you will start to save money on your electricity bill. Electricity is created through your solar panels which will reduce your electricity bill. Having solar installed gives you a great return on investment (ROI). While we do recommend routine inspections, there is very little maintenance required on your solar system.

What Can I Do to Maximise My Return?

Choose the Best Solar Panels for your Property

There is not a one sized fits all solution when it comes to solar installation. The size of solar system you require will depend on the size of your home, the access that your home has to sunlight on a daily basis, and the weather in your area. Talk to our certified solar installers at Always Energy. We provide free advice and an obligation free quotation on the best system to meet your needs.

Monitor your Consumption of Energy

For best financial results, utilise your electricity during sunlight hours. If you run the dishwasher, do the washing during the middle of the day you will begin to save a lot of money. If you are out of the house during these times, many of these tasks can be automated with a timer. If you run all of your appliances at the same time each day this can add up to big savings.

Use One Appliance at a Time

If you are using a lot of electrical appliances at once, you could be dipping into the grid and so incurring electricity charges that can be avoided. It may seem inefficient, however, the more electricity you use at once the more taxing it is on your energy supply.

To avoid this problem, you can set timers for your appliances to run at half hour or one hour intervals. I.e. set your washing machine to run at 1.30 pm and your dishwasher at 2 pm.

Use Energy Efficient Appliances

Many of the electrical appliances that we use in today’s world are simply not energy efficient. Changing your light bulbs to energy efficient versions is easy and they pay for themselves really quickly. We don’t recommend that you spend money on new appliances when you don’t need them, but when you are purchasing new electrical goods such as refrigerators, dryers, washing machines and the like, look at their energy star ratings.

Switch off Appliances that are Not in Use

When your electrical appliances are not in use, turn them off! Then switch them off at the wall. A massive 75% of our electricity consumption is used to provide electricity to appliances that are not in use. Turning them off can save a whopping 10% of your power usage.

Seal Any Gaps

If you have gaps under your doors and windows have them sealed to stop air leaking in and out of your home. This will save you on heating and cooling costs. Close blinds and curtains to help reduce costs.

For more information about how we can help you save money through solar, contact us for a free quote today. Our solar installers service Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Taree, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and surrounding areas of New South Wales.

The price of electricity in Nambucca Heads, New South Wales is above 30 cents per kilowatt an hour on average. During peak times, the tariff can often exceed 50 cents an hour per kilowatt. This makes solar an excellent investment for businesses owners as it gives you a huge discount on your energy bill. See here for more information on how solar power installation can benefit businesses.

Solar not only saves you money it helps the local environment and wider community. In New South Wales there are two main financial incentives when it comes to solar.

There is a solar rebate from the small scale renewable energy scheme. This rebate is available Australia wide.

Solar Power Systems with Batteries

The New South Wales government is offering loans for solar power systems that have batteries. These loans are also available if you are wanting to add batteries to existing solar installations. Presently there is a Solar for Low Income Households trial program where 3 kw solar power systems are installed for free. Note that this is a trial program only and subject to availability.

New Solar Installation with Batteries

The installs are eligible for interest free loans of up to $14,000. Loans must be repaid in 8 years.

Batteries that are Added to Existing Solar Panel Systems

If you have batteries added to your solar panel system you may be eligible for loans of up to $9,000. These loans must be repaid in 10 years.

How Much Do I Save?

When you order solar installation in New South Wales the Australian Government solar rebate can reduce the costs of your solar system by up to 33%. There is presently no additional rebate for New South Wales, unlike Victoria.

Small Scale Technology Certificates

Property owners that install approved solar panel systems through accredited solar providers will receive Small Scale Technology Certificates (STC’s).

Always Energy can organise the discount that is available to you when you purchase your solar systems with us.

Will the Government Rebates Be Cancelled?

The government subsidy scheme seems safe for now. Under current legislation the STC rebate is set to drop by one fifteenth every year from 2017 until it reaches NIL in 2031.

Feed in Tariffs

Feed in tariffs are a rebate system. Your electricity company pays you for any electricity that is feed into their main grid via your solar system.

What Type of System Can I Buy?

To ensure that you receive the rebate, your batteries, panels and inverter need to appear on the Clean Energy Councils approved product list. Our team of solar installers can verify that the products you purchase are eligible for the rebate, and we can even help you with the application. All of our team are Clean Energy Council (CEC) qualified electricians.

Increase in Prices

Due to demand, it is possible that the price of solar installation in Australia will increase over the next few years. This means that even though the rebate will probably still be in place, you will still have a higher out of pocket expense at the outset.

Saving Long Term

Once you have had your solar panels installed by professional solar installers, you can start to help create a greener environment, reduce your emissions, and save money on your electricity bill. The returns you receive depend not just on how much solar electricity you use, but how much electricity you consume in general.

For more information about how we can help you save money through solar, contact us for a free quote today. Our solar installers service Nambucca Heads, Port Macquarie, Taree, Coffs Harbour, Newcastle and surrounding areas of New South Wales.