As the cost of living continues to soar alongside a now universally acknowledged need for more energy-efficient construction and home living, we’re using our expertise to create leading all-electric solutions for our customers.
According to recent Australia-wide statistics, energy-efficient homes can save up to 30% on energy costs, making it a win-win situation for both homeowners and the planet.
But what are the solutions? And what on earth are the best first steps to take?
Enter our “triple hit” approach – that is, considering even the smallest of energy-efficient upgrades to three of your home’s most heavily energy-consuming systems:
Energy production (e.g. swapping out gas/electric for solar)
That’s right – we’re facilitating a unified, fully integrated symphony of approaches to help you get the very best out of your home (and your back pocket) – because when everything’s working together, the savings are greater than the sum of their parts.
By implementing a “triple hit” approach to energy efficiency upgrades throughout your home, you’ll not only drastically increase your ability to reduce your monthly bills but also save you and your household precious time, money, and resources in the process.
And remember: changes to your home’s systems don’t need to be expensive. They just need to be smart!
Ready to learn more? Let’s get stuck into it!
How to utilise solar energy and solar battery storage in your home
The sun, a vastly reliable source of clean and renewable energy, can significantly reduce your household’s reliance on traditional electricity.
By adopting solar energy solutions, homeowners are generating their own power while minimising their carbon footprint. In fact, according to recent estimates, a typical Australian household with a 5kW solar panel system can save anywhere between $900 and $1,500 per year on electricity costs. This data assumes an average electricity usage of 20kWh per day, with approximately 30% self-consumption of solar energy.
Here are some effective strategies for utilising solar in your household:
Research your rebates: With so many government solar incentives available in Victoria, there’s never been a better time to get a high-quality solar PV panel system for a cost-effective initial outlay. G Store can help advise you on which of the several solar rebates you may be eligible for.
Install solar panels: By installing photovoltaic (PV) panels on rooftops or open spaces, homeowners can convert sunlight into electricity. This renewable source of energy can power appliances, lighting, and more.
Optimise panel placement: To maximise solar energy generation, it’s essential to ensure that solar panels are installed in areas with ample sunlight exposure throughout the day. Orienting panels to face the sun’s path and avoiding shading from nearby trees or structures is crucial.
Invest in solar battery storage: Incorporating energy storage systems such as batteries allows homeowners to store excess electricity generated during the day for use during peak hours or at night when solar production is reduced. This helps in reducing reliance on the grid and increasing self-sufficiency.
Join a Virtual Power Plant (VPP) program: VPP membership allows you not only to store the excess power generated by your solar panels, but aggregate and export it to actually start making money from the power you create! Find out more about our incredible VPP offers by giving our award-winning solar team a call today on 1300 766 940.
In 2021, Australia installed over 362,000 rooftop solar systems, resulting in an estimated 14 million tons of CO2 emissions reduction. This significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions showcases the positive impact of solar energy adoption.
With these simple strategies, you too can get in on the savings! If you’re not sure where to start, just give our award-winning G Store solar team a call on 1300 766 940. You’ll get a friendly, generous, entirely obligation-free consultation – we’ll be happy to help guide you.
Visit our website today to learn more about our vast array of solar and solar battery storage options in Victoria.
TIP 2: Utilising energy-efficient hot water in your home
Hot water usage represents a significant portion of a household’s energy consumption – on average, around 25-30%!
By implementing energy-efficient hot water solutions, homeowners can reduce energy wastage and achieve substantial savings. Consider the following measures to ensure you’re making the most of you hot water system:
Upgrade to a heat pump hot water system: Heat pump hot water systems are energy-efficient because they extract heat from the surrounding air or ground and transfer it to the water, requiring less electricity to heat the water compared to traditional electric hot water systems. By utilising this heat transfer process, heat pump hot water systems can provide hot water at a fraction of the energy consumption, resulting in significant energy savings for households.
Upgrade to a solar hot water system: Solar hot water systems utilise the sun’s energy to heat water, minimising reliance on electricity or gas. These systems typically consist of solar collectors and a storage tank, harnessing the sun’s heat to provide hot water for various household needs.
Make sure you choose the right system for your needs: Instantaneous or storage? Depending on you and your household’s needs, the most energy-efficient system for you is going to differ. It pays to speak with an expert (like any of our award-winning G Store team) to help you understand how your hot water needs translate into the right product choices for you.
Insulate your hot water pipes: By insulating hot water pipes, homeowners can prevent heat loss during transportation, ensuring that hot water remains hot for longer periods. Insulation materials such as foam or rubber sleeves are readily available and can be easily installed.
Install low-flow showerheads and taps: Low-flow fixtures reduce water consumption while maintaining comfort. These fixtures regulate water flow, resulting in lower energy requirements for heating water and reducing both water and energy bills.
The latest research shows us that both heat pump and solar hot water systems have the potential to save Australian households up to 3,000 kWh per year, equivalent to approximately 3.6 tons of CO2 emissions!
The widespread adoption of more energy-efficient hot water systems can lead to substantial energy savings and a significant reduction in carbon emissions – and with wide variety of government incentives now available, likely for a fraction of the cost you were expecting.
Learn more about our range of hot water offerings here.
TIP 3: Opt for more energy-efficient heating and cooling
Heating and cooling account for a considerable portion of a household’s energy consumption, especially in extreme weather conditions – sometimes up to 50%.
So it follows that by scrutinising and optimising the HVAC systems in your home (and implementing smart practices) can help you achieve efficient control of your living climate – and substantial energy savings in the process!
Let’s take a look at some exciting steps you can take to help reduce the demand of your heating/cooling systems on the energy efficiency of your home:
Look at passive options like sealing air leaks: Air leakage can lead to energy wastage as conditioned air escapes the home while outdoor air infiltrates. Properly sealing gaps and cracks in doors, windows, and ducts helps prevent drafts, minimise energy loss, and maintain indoor comfort.
Upgrade to energy-efficient HVAC systems: When it comes time to replace your heating or cooling system, opt for models with high energy ratings. Energy-efficient HVAC systems utilise advanced technologies to provide optimum performance while consuming less energy. Look for systems with high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) ratings for air conditioners and AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilisation Efficiency) ratings for furnaces.
Install programmable thermostats: Programmable thermostats (such as those inbuilt to many high-quality hydronic heating/cooling systems) allow homeowners to set temperature schedules based on their daily routines. By automatically adjusting the temperature when occupants are away or asleep, these thermostats prevent unnecessary heating or cooling, resulting in energy savings.
Regular maintenance: Regularly servicing and maintaining HVAC systems ensures their optimal performance. Cleaning filters, checking ducts for leaks, and scheduling professional inspections can improve efficiency, extend equipment lifespan, and reduce energy consumption.
Even by making just small, seemingly modest and conservative changes to the way you heat and cool your home can save you up to 30% on your energy bill. By considering these energy-saving measures, you too can enjoy a more energy-efficient home (and the lack of worrying that comes with it!).
Discover our high-quality HVAC and heating/cooling solutions here!
Something final to remember
While some energy-efficient upgrades may require a significant investment, it’s essential to remember that not all improvements have to be expensive. In fact, there are numerous affordable measures homeowners can take to enhance energy efficiency and reduce monthly bills.
You might even consider the following cost-effective options:
Energy-efficient lighting: Replace traditional incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient options like LED (Light Emitting Diode) or CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) bulbs. These bulbs consume significantly less energy and have a longer lifespan, resulting in reduced energy costs.
Smart power strips: Many devices continue to draw power even when not in use, a phenomenon known as “vampire power” or standby power. Smart power strips automatically cut power to devices when they are in standby mode, eliminating unnecessary energy consumption.
Proper insulation: Insulating your home effectively is a cost-effective way to improve energy efficiency. Properly insulating walls, attics, and crawl spaces reduces heat transfer, maintains a comfortable indoor temperature, and reduces the need for excessive heating or cooling.
By embracing these cost-effective changes, homeowners can make a significant impact on their energy consumption and expenses without breaking the bank.
The G Store “triple hit” approach to energy efficiency upgrades is revolutionising how homeowners in Australia save time, money, and resources.
But remember, not all energy-efficient changes have to be expensive. By starting with small, affordable measures like energy-efficient lighting, smart power strips, and proper insulation, homeowners can make a noticeable difference in their energy consumption and monthly bills. Every step towards energy efficiency is a step towards a more sustainable future for both individuals and the planet.
So why wait? Start your journey towards an energy-efficient home today and enjoy the long-term rewards of reduced energy expenses, increased comfort, and a healthier environment. Together, we can create a brighter and more sustainable future for generations to come.
We can’t wait to meet you!