Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saving Electricity Costs In Australian Homes

Like many other Aussie householders, you've arrived here because you're concerned about rising electricity costs and want to find REAL SOLUTIONS to SAVING ELECTRICITY COSTS.

As a business leader offering HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICES & PRODUCTS, we know how important it is for you, to start saving on electricity costs today, as part of your home electricity reduction program.

Our structured services have been designed to help as many Australian homes as possible, to reduce electricity costs, no matter where you are!

Make us your first port of call, for all your HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION INFORMATION, services & products.

Start saving on electricity costs QUICKLY, by ACTING TODAY! The faster you learn, the more you save!

We've created a new website page, which we want you to visit, summarising our home electricity reduction services & products, called SAVING ON ELECTRICITY COSTS.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Does Solar PV Increase The Sale Price Of Your Home?

Any home by being more energy efficient, is a great draw card for many home buyers. Most people initially thinking of construction materials, such as insulation in the roof and walls, along with shading and sun reflecting glass. All of these pointing towards a projected lesser spend over the years, on future energy costs.

But what about a home that is more electrically efficient? A home being sold with an installed solar power system.

When home energy assessments at the time of sale, become mandatory in all Australian states, energy efficient homes will be valued at a higher price. Simply because they carry a better energy rating and cost less to run. This 'mandatory disclosure', is already happening in the ACT. Occurring at both the time of sale & a new tenancy agreement.

Further home saleability factors can be included, where the seller is in reality, selling a home with 'reduced future electricity costs'. Where the seller in theory, sells the home with a certain amount of 'electricity credits'. These 'electricity credits' being a benefit to both parties. The seller being able to ask more at the time of sale. The buyer knowing the home will cost less to run, due to directly offsetting future electricity costs.

To learn more about ELECTRICITY OFFSETTING USING A SOLAR SYSTEM visit the GUIDES page on our website, Aussie Home Energy.

This blog post and podcast brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Why Installing A Solar PV System Still Makes Sense & Reduces Electricity Costs

Around a year ago the NSW State Government's, 60 cent gross feed solar pv program, was reduced to 20 cents per kW. In June this year that 20 cent gross feed program, further ceased for new applicants. Both of these programs finish December end 2016.

With both of these investment style programs, the design of any solar pv system, did not take into account a home's electricity use. It's important to realise though as electricity costs rise, any  proposed profit from such a system will be in effect, paying for these rising electricity costs.

Currently in NSW [October 2011] there is only a net feed tariff of 8 cents per kW, for power exported back to the grid. This tariff is available from AGL.

When the following are taken into account, a solar pv system's payback time is quite flexible:
  • The system's costs.
  • The price for imported power.
  • Any revenue for exported power [net feed tariff].

It is rising electricity costs, which now make solar pv systems, so attractive. 

As electricity costs rise, the system in effect pays for itself quicker. Any system should be designed primarily to match daytime usage, maximising the offsetting of any electricity costs.

To get an insight on how you to can save on your electricity costs, by installing a solar pv system, visit our GUIDES page and download our report labelled, WHY INSTALLING A SOLAR PV SYSTEM STILL MAKES SENSE & REDUCES ELECTRICITY COSTS.

This blog post and podcast brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.

DIY Home Electricity Audit Spreadsheet

Yes we have done all the hard work for you with this DIY Home Electricity Audit Spreadsheet.

Spending a considerable amount of time to get it right. It certainly speeds up the time of performing your home energy audit. Where you will have access to the data quickly, so you can gain a better understanding of your home’s electricity usage.

This Home Electricity Audit Software is professional in every way, designed primarily for you to gain the upper hand on rising electricity costs.

All you have to do is enter the following data:

  • Room, appliance & number of appliances
  • Appliance watt rating
  • Hours used
  • Hours on standby

As data is entered the software reports in realtime, the following information for each appliance:

  • kWhs used per day, week, month, quarter, year
  • Cost per day, week, month , quarter, year

This popular spreadsheet is bundled with one of our portable LCD Energy Monitors into a DIY HOME ENERGY AUDIT allowing you to speed up the process. 

Take a look at our DIY HOME ENERGY AUDIT page! 

The five components of this great Electricity Busting System are:

  • Instructions : Designed to make your DIY Power Audit as easy as a walk around your home
  • Forms : Quick recording of appliance usage, costs and standby power calculations all increasing power rating awareness
  • Spreadsheet : To automate the above power calculations and project cost / kWh forecasts for periods of the year
  • LCD Energy Monitor : Portable allowing for increased realtime awareness of your homes appliances usage and costs
  • Power Monitoring Software : Easily see costs, usage and compare electricity tariff types to further save. We give this PC / MAC software the thumbs up for being the best on the market 

The DIY Energy Audit Spreadsheet is available in Open Office format [.ods] & Microsoft Excel 97/2000/XP [xls] format created by Open Office. To download your copy visit DIY HOME ELECTRICITY AUDIT SPREADSHEET.

This blog post updated October 2016. Brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DIY Home Electricity Auditing Forms

If you're looking for DIY Home Electricity Audit forms, we've added two forms today to our website. One simple, one complex. Both being a perfect solution, to collecting information for your DIY HOME ELECTRICITY AUDIT. Allowing you to enter the kWh rating, room & appliance information, number of appliances, watt rating and standby electricity information.

Complete with spare columns for self calculation, the simple form can be used with or without a spreadsheet, to calculate home electricity usage. The more complex of the forms, complete with mathematical formulas, easily allows you to calculate your standby costs and your electricity usage per bill. Allowing you to simply see, what appliances are costing dollars in your home.

Whilst both of these forms were designed primarily to assist Australians, with HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION, they are suitable for any home worldwide, concerned about RISING ELECTRICITY COSTS.

Visit our website to download your DIY HOME ELECTRICITY AUDITING FORMS.

This blog post and podcast brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.

NSW Solar PV 20 Cent Gross Feed Tariff Versus Net Feed Electricity Offsetting

Currently a lot of homes in NSW have a solar pv system installed, on a 20 cent gross feed tariff. Have you ever wondered though, if you could you be making more money from your solar pv, by switching from the 20 cent gross feed tariff, to a net feed electricity offset system? We are not talking about the net feed tariff, in particular here!

Let us look at a example home with a 2kW solar system, generating an average of 8kW of solar power per day.

Connected to a 20 cent gross feed tariff, this home can generate the following annual revenue.

  • 8 X 20 cents X 365 days of the year equals $584.

What we mean by electricity offset is this, you use what you generate during the daytime and we mean the sunny hours. Importantly you use it at that same time. Therefore you're not purchasing electricity at this time!

The trick is to make sure a similar amount of energy is used, to the 8kW generated. The reason for this is simple, any excess power fed back into the grid currently has little financial gain, as the rate is only 8 cents per kW, in country NSW.

So you will want to match the electricity required under the roof, to that generated above the roof or vice versa. To big a solar system and your only getting paid 8 cents per kW for excess power. An option here would be to increase the electricity used during the day, for example by operating more appliances on timers, to equal the power generated.

To small a solar system and your purchasing electricity at cost, a cost that is forecast to  rise dramatically over the next few years.

As we can see our example home using 8kW during daytime, is going to offset electricity costs of,

  • 8 X 28.5 cents X 365 days of the year, equals $832.

Now that's almost $250 per year more, than the 20 cent gross feed system generates!

And as electricity costs rise, there is a considerable more financial gain, than the 20 cent gross feed tariff!

  • At 35 cents per kilowatt hour, the total offset electricity costs per year are $1022. This is an increase of $438 per year, compared to the 20 cent gross feed system.
  • At 40 cents per kilowatt hour, the total offset in electricity costs is $1168. An increase of $584 per year, compared to the 20 cent gross feed system.
  • At 50 cents per kilowatt hour, the total offset is $1460. Increasing to $876 per year, more than the 20 cent gross feed tariff, can offer!

As your gross feed solar investment system is on a limited timeline, is it not the time now, to do your maths? You'll be able to work out, at what time any electricity offsetting system, may be the better solution of you. All based on the ACCURATE ANALYSIS OF DAYTIME ELECTRICITY USAGE and the size of your SOLAR PV SYSTEM.

If you are thinking of installing solar pv on your home, call the Aussie Home Energy team today.

Update March 2014 - Due to a increasing number of householders not being aware of solar inverter malfunctions, we now have easy online electricity and solar monitoring solutions. To learn more about the monitoring and analysis of your electricity usage and solar pv system's output, visit our ONLINE ELECTRICITY MONITORING page, where we make the task of getting your data online, very easy.

This blog post and podcast brought to you by Aussie Home Energy, a major player in the HOME ELECTRICITY REDUCTION SERVICE industry in Australia.
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