Do you need solar battery storage for a solar energy system?

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Are you thinking about a solar energy system for your home or business? If yes, you might be curious about your options. What are the costs of a solar upgrade, exactly what products do you need and how many solar panels would your roof require? These are common questions we hear from our customers who are dipping their toe in the solar energy water. You CAN install solar panels without a solar battery The great news is, yes you can install a solar energy system on your home or business without a battery. Solar battery storage is a fantastic addition…

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5 Facts you didn’t know about Solar Energy

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With energy bills sky-rocketing, renewable energy and getting your home off-grid is an investment for the future. Solar energy, in particular, is booming with over 1.7 million rooftops across Australia already using solar panels. Solar energy systems offer a huge range of benefits for your home or business including sustainable, 100% renewable energy supply, but more importantly it supplies FREE energy. But let’s leave the practical facts aside and talk about some fun facts about solar. So, here’s 5 interesting facts about solar energy that might help you see the light! Solar energy is almost 200 years old Solar power…

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Life hack: Reduce your home energy bills in Sydney

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Do you rent or own a home in Sydney? If so, you could be eligible for various rebates through the Energy Savings Scheme run by the State Government. Throughout Australia state governments offer a range of energy saving initiatives to encourage residents and businesses to decrease the energy use and reduce carbon emissions. In doing so this helps Australia reach its Paris Climate Accord to reduce emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. What incentives are available in Sydney? The New South Wales Government offers a few energy-efficient rebates and tools including lighting and water-efficient products and renewable power…

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Case Study: Toy Kingdom upgrade their lights to LED

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Toy Kingdom; a thriving local Melbourne toy store decided it was time to upgrade their lights to LED. They selected Energy Makeovers to complete their upgrade. The store’s manager admitted to our Team he was a little sceptical of the projected savings but after seeing his new quarterly electricity bill he’s agreed; upgrading to LEDs was the right move as their lighting bill dropped by 89%. Toy Kingdom’s upgrade required 59 highbay 400 watt lights to be retrofitted to 59×40 watt LED highbays. This upgrade has had a significant decrease in the energy required to light the store. This has…

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How LEDs helped Sydney slash energy use by 48%

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In March 2012, the city of Sydney opted to start upgrading their energy-hungry, old fashioned lights around the city to LED with their LED lighting project. This project was the “first of its kind in Australia”. “The City of Sydney has 22,000 street lights across its local government area; while 13,500 are the responsibility of the City’s energy partner Ausgrid that leaves 8500 globes under the ownership of the City. A full 6500 are set to be swapped over to LED, and with 4100 complete nearly half are already there at this current milestone.” (source) According to the Project Team in Sydney…

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Subsidises for LED lighting upgrades in Sydney now available

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We talk a lot about the offers available to Victorian residents under the Victorian Energy Upgrades Program but did you know that NSW also has an energy efficiency retro-fit offer available for New South Wales residents? Under the NSW Energy Saving Scheme residential properties are able to benefit from a range of energy efficiency upgrades like LED upgrades. Like the Victorian program the HEER (Home energy efficiency retrofit) program offers financial incentives for homes and businesses to improve the energy efficiency at home. This scheme is designed to reduce electricity and/or gas use throughout the state. This benefits the individual bill-payers…

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VEET upgrades to the Victorian Energy Upgrades program

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The VEET Scheme gets an upgrade Victoria’s fantastic energy saver incentive program, known as the VEET scheme (Victorian Energy efficiency Target) has rebranded and upgraded. As of August 2017 the program is now called Victorian Energy Upgrades Program (or VEU program). With this upgrade the program has expanded to include large energy users. These large energy users were previously excluded as VEET focused on small-to-medium properties. The new program is predicted to saves homes and businesses $400 million in 2017. And, this new expansion means large energy-users could saves hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy bills with subsidised energy…

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Why we won’t brand our LEDs

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At Energy Makeovers our LED manufacturers offer state of the art LEDs that we meticulously select and test regularly. Just like any industry, lighting manufacturing has its fair share of ‘snake-oil salesmen’; those manufacturers who make claims false about their products that either aren’t true or may not be technically possible with current lighting technology. So to ensure we offer the best products to our customers; and by ‘best’ we mean those that offer the highest output of lumens for the lowest level of Kw and the most efficient lifespan of globe; we test all the varieties of products we…

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Melbourne businesses could upgrade their highbays to LED for free!

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Do you own or run a business in Melbourne that uses highbays? Do you manage a warehouse or storage facility that uses highbays? Many businesses around Melbourne and Victoria are eligible for subsidies when upgrading their lighting. Upgrading your highbays can offer a huge reduction on your energy bills, plus saves thousands of dollars in maintenance costs. A simple change like upgrading inefficient, energy-hungry metal halide to LED highbays can have a significant impact on the quality of lighting in your workplace and drastically reduce your lighting costs. LED highbays last up to 10 years, provide a cooler, brighter light…

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