Solar for property owners and investors

Interested in learning how to increase the value of your property and your rental returns with solar? Our Energy Future is excited to be partnering with the City of Canterbury Bankstown and the Centre for Liveability Real Estate to bring a series of information sessions about solar for property investors. Find out: How solar can … Read more

Understanding your energy usage

Trying to work out what’s using your power? We always encourage people to reduce their electricity consumption but we understand that it’s not always easy to work out how. There are a few options to help you understand what’s using power in your home so that you can better find ways to reduce it. Plug … Read more

Solar in winter!

Winter may be fast approaching but it’s still a good time to install solar. Here’s why: Solar still generates electricity because there is still plenty of UV light, which is actually what the panels use to generate the electricity Cooler weather actually means the panels are more efficient – on really hot days in summer … Read more

Prepare for winter!

It’s that time of year again. The days are drawing in and the nights are getting longer and colder. Here are our simple seasonal tips for keeping warm, without it costing the earth. Don’t forget that if you need help taking action you can sign up to hear from our recommended suppliers on a range … Read more

Feed in tariffs

A solar feed in tariff or FiT is the amount of money your electricity retailer pays you for the electricity that you feed back to the grid from your solar. Why would I send electricity back to the grid? When your solar power system creates electricity and you use it in your home it is … Read more

Gas versus Electricity

Your hip pocket guide to gas versus electricity The ATA’s latest study updates their modelling to give more accurate estimates of the savings or costs over 10 years when switching to electricity from gas for heating, hot water and cooking, and adds solar to the equation. Energy analysts Dean Lombard and Keiran Price report. Reproduced … Read more

Saving money on your energy bills

We are keen to see people reduce their carbon emissions by implementing energy efficiency measures and reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. That’s why we have lots of tips and advice on our website and in our news articles. Reducing your energy usage also has the happy benefit to consumers that reducing energy consumption reduces … Read more

Fans are fantastic!

Summer isn’t over and there are plenty of hot days ahead. Fans are a great way to keep cool without the added cost of running an air conditioner. Why use a fan? Fans use a fraction of the amount of electricity compared to air conditioners, costing around 1-2cents an hour to run compared to up … Read more

Renters Tips

Our friends at the ATA have run a feature in the latest edition of their ReNew magazine (Issue 142) about rental properties.  Below are some energy saving tips for renters. We also have many hints and tips to help renters and those living in apartments to save. Please note that some of the advise below is trickier in an apartment than a free standing … Read more

Clean coal fact check

The Our Energy Future team are always keen to hear from our eNews subscribers, so if you have a question about one of our articles or if there’s something you’d like to know more about please drop us a line. One of our readers recently asked us why we view renewable energy as a solution … Read more

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