These days, most of the Australian energy retailers only permit you to connect solar panels to the grid with a net feed-in tariff.

This means that whilst your solar panels are generating electricity during the day, the solar power must first be used on your household energy guzzlers. These are generally items like TVs, fridges, freezers, hot water systems, pool pumps and toasters.

The overflow of solar power produced by your solar panels gets fed back into the electricity grid and you will be compensated by the energy companies either monthly, quarterly or annually.

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Become more energy efficient

    • Increase your solar investment by adopting energy efficient habits.

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The more energy efficient your home is, the more solar power you’ll feed back into the electricity grid. In some states, the net feed-in tariff rate is as high as 55c per kW. This can equate to over $3000 per year back into your pocket.

The smartest way to adopt more energy efficient habits in the home involves the whole family. It’s not hard work, just a shift in traditional methods.

New household habits that you and your family could adopt include:

  • switching off the TV every time you leave the room
  • having breakfast together and boiling the kettle once, rather than boiling it every time someone wakes up
  • installing smart energy devices
  • cutting back on the long, hot showers

Believe it or not, these simple lifestyle changes can add up to hundreds of dollars a year.

Have a think about what changes you can make around the home and write to us so we can share them with the rest of Australia.

Energy Efficient Devices

    • There are many ways to upgrade the appliances in your home to increase energy efficiency!

Other opportunities to create an energy efficient household include upgrades to your existing fixed and non-fixed appliances such as water heaters, air conditioners, dishwashers and LED lighting.

Check out our energy efficiency page to find out what upgrades are available for you and your home.

It pays to do your homework and maths so that you can become more energy aware and get the best return from your solar investment.

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