Solar Roof Tiles

A question that has been coming up at our information sessions lately is “what about solar roof tiles?”. Just like battery storage, solar roof tiles are receiving a lot of media attention at the moment as being part of what is viewed as an inevitable transition to a renewable energy future. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), also … Read more

Battery storage

Many people are keen to learn more about adding battery storage to existing solar PV systems or to set up systems that include battery storage. Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, with lithium ion batteries being something of a game changer due to their longer life, low maintenance and appealing safety … Read more

Preparing for summer

Spring has well and truly arrived. Trees are blossoming, bees are out and some of us are very relieved to be putting away our beanies and winter coats for a while. But it probably won’t be long before the heat gets more extreme and this can get us down, while making our energy bills go … Read more

Gardening with stormwater

Stormwater is rain that runs off the ground or paved areas into stormwater drains that then divert it away from your property. It makes sense to slow this flow of stormwater and direct it to areas where it can soak into the soil and benefit the garden. Slowing the flow reduces stormwater pollution and keeps … Read more

Solar – Go big!

Wondering what size solar photovoltaic system to install? The latest ATA modelling shows that bigger is better, even if you don’t use much electricity. Reproduced with permission from ATA’s Sanctuary magazine edition 40. Many people ask us what size grid-connected solar system they should get. Traditionally, the ATA (Positive Charge partner and publisher of Sanctuary … Read more

Smart meters

Smart Meters were rolled out to all residential dwellings in Victoria in 2014 and are now the standard meter type throughout the state. In NSW meters are currently being upgraded by energy retailers on a voluntary basis. We thought we’d have a look at some of the benefits that smart meters bring to help you … Read more

Getting in front of the meter

Finding value in sharing Can we find value for both customers and the network in sharing locally generated energy and thus accelerate a transition to 100% renewables? MEFL alumni Bruce Thompson and Paul Murfitt discuss the potential in microgrids, virtual power plants and more. THE transformation of the electricity network is certainly now upon us. Years of … Read more

Program Update

Our Energy Future is continuing to grow in New South Wales. We now have ten councils signed up to the service, with Waverley Council and Woollahra joining the team in July. For details of participating councils visit our council page here. Services being offered through the councils include: Running energy related workshops, events or information … Read more

Reviving the art of repair

This article was written by Michelle Fisher and is reproduced with permission from the ATA. It featured in the ATA‘s Sanctuary magazine, issue 39. It’s often cheaper and easier to throw products out than fix them, a reality Michelle Fisher and the Repair Café movement is trying to turn around, one broken mobile phone, record player or pair … Read more

Three steps to all-electric

Planning ahead Thinking about going all-electric, but unsure what’s involved? Here we present an overview of the steps to going all-electric and where to find more information. Reproduced from ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 140 with permission from the ATA. Please note all past editions of ReNew magazine (some are referenced in this article) are available one line here. … Read more

Our Energy Future launches

SYDNEY COUNCILS LAUNCH Free Energy Help and Advice Program. Residents across eight participating council regions in Sydney are set to receive free energy help and advice from the experts at Our Energy Future. On 21st June 2017, Our Energy Future (OEF) was officially launched at Projects 107, one of the first beneficiaries of the program. … Read more

Gas days are over

Money-saving results in Melbourne This family of four saved around $250 last winter by heating their home with a reverse-cycle unit instead of their older gas ducted system. An extract from an article by Stephen Zuluaga, in ATA‘s ReNew magazine edition 140 reproduced with permission from the ATA. IN 2012, our family moved to a three bedroom brick veneer … Read more

Solar – Why wait?

Despite the shorter days and all the talk about battery storage it is still worth getting solar sooner than later! Although the days are shorter in winter, there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity. In fact, on really hot days in summer the panels … Read more