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Time of use vs flat rate electricity tariffs with solar & batteries

March 28, 2018
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If you’re connected to the grid and own your home, you pay for electricity. In most places, in Australia, there are basically two types of tariffs: Flat rate tariffs (aka ‘peak only’ tariffs), where you pay a fixed amount for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy that your home draws from the grid, or Time of use […]

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My house is net energy positive – for now (Solartopia #12)

March 20, 2018
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I’ve now had two energy monitoring systems fully functioning for a few weeks, and it’s fascinating to see what my 4.4kWh solar system is capable of. It’s also interesting to learn just how little energy my home uses (about 10-14kWh/day) compared to the 15-25kWh averages I always hear about. (Meanwhile EnergyMadeEasy tells me that the […]

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9 things you should know if you’re considering home battery-storage

February 8, 2018
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For several years now, home solar battery storage has been a hot topic in Australia, and 2018 looks set to be the best year yet for batteries. If you’re actively considering battery storage for your own house, we’ve compiled a list of 8 things that will put you well on your way towards making the […]

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Is home solar battery storage worth it? (Jan 2018 update)

January 18, 2018
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Since 2015 Australians have been talking about home battery storage being on the cusp of financial viability. Are home batteries worth the investment in 2018? We’ve crunched the number for all of Australia’s capital cities to find out. This article was originally published in February 2017. We then had an August 2017 update, followed by […]

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Happiness is an electricity bill? A coda to 2017 (Solartopia #9)

December 21, 2017
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I never thought I’d find myself chasing up with my electricity company to ask for an electricity bill, but two weeks ago that’s exactly what I was doing. I’d been living in my new house for over three months and still hadn’t heard a peep out of Energy Locals about what I owed them. If […]

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Retrofitting battery storage in Sydney: Some example case studies

July 6, 2017
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You are a solar PV system owner who is now considering adding battery storage. The options you have depend on a number of factors, and there are a range of situations that warrant different approaches – and have different outcomes. In this article we take a look at some example situations that solar system owners […]

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Is home solar battery storage a good match and your energy consumption habits?

March 16, 2017
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Each household uses different amounts of electricity in different patterns throughout the day. Some consumption patterns are more conducive to battery storage as an investment, and knowing your consumption habits can help you to decide on the best solar system and battery bank size for your home. In this article we take a look a few […]

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Electricity demand tariffs in Australia – How to handle them

March 3, 2017
Demand tariff charges

If you hear the words ‘Demand Tariffs’ and start scratching your head, don’t worry – you’re not alone. In this article, we’ll examine what demand tariffs are and how to deal with them. Supply charges, usage charges and – now – demand charges? Normally, there are two components to an energy bill: fixed ‘supply’ charges (usually […]

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Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0: Double the capacity at the same price

November 1, 2016
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Not to be outdone, Tesla has leaped ahead of its competitors with the launch of the next generation of its home battery bank. At 13.5 kilowatt-hours (kWh), the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 will have roughly twice the energy storage capacity of its predecessor (6.4kWh) but will cost roughly the same amount to have installed. Installations for […]

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What’s the best solar panel orientation for home battery charging?

October 13, 2016
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We know that the tilt and orientation of your solar panels can make a difference when it comes to solar PV system energy yields, but what impact do these factors have when you use your solar panels to charge a battery bank? We’ve taken a look in this article. There are numerous factors that need to […]

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How many times per day should you cycle your batteries?

September 26, 2016
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There are a lot of different ways to potentially get value out of a home battery storage system. Something that not many storage system shoppers realises is that it is possible to charge/discharge (or ‘cycle’) your batteries more than once a day. In fact, in the right circumstances, cycling your batteries more than once a day can potentially […]

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Installing a battery bank for a grid-connected home? Smaller is probably better

August 11, 2016
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If you are in a grid-connected home and want to get batteries for your rooftop solar system, you’re probably wondering how much capacity to have installed. Although the ultimate answer comes down to your personal preferences and goals, what about if you’re primarily after a good return on your investment? In this article we’ve endeavoured […]

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What do homes need to know to take advantage of solar-plus-storage? CSIRO study

July 30, 2015
Cost-reflective electricity pricing: CSIRO

A new report by the CSIRO has flagged the importance of engaging consumers in the transformation of Australia’s electricity market – a shift to distributed energy that is largely being wrought by the unstoppable uptake of solar and storage. The global shift to decentralised and renewables heavy energy systems is likely to see a big […]

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Queensland electricity prices to rise again in 2013/2014: QCA

March 5, 2013
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The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA), the state government body that regulates electricity prices, recently released a draft determination indicating that electricity rates will be allowed to rise by as much as 21.4% in residential tariffs over the course of the 2013/2014 financial year. Queensland electricity rates play ‘catch up’ in 2013-2014 Electricity prices have been […]

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