Whether in your backyard or inside your home the need for greater efficiency is everywhere.
New technology and innovation means smaller things are being designed to do the same job.
We want ever more efficient ways to live and make good decisions for ourselves and our families.
Ride the new wave of efficiency appearing before our eyes
Every day more apps are created to do more things, including managing your energy and water bills while you're in Bali is the way more people are managing their lives.
Some apps allow you to set what you think is your average spend per month or quarter on water and energy. The app then alerts you if there is a spike above your personal average spend-trend - well before you get a bill shock!!
Below are some apps and monitors to check out:
LED TVs are saving costs each year on your electricity bill Using the equivalent of 2 light globes of power compared to at least 4-6 light globes of power 5 years ago for older TVs.
With solar PV (photovoltaic) panels generating electricity from the sun beating down on your solar panels watch out there may be sharks trying to get you to over-spend! Finn Peacock an Electrical Engineer of SolarQuotes.com outlines 6 mistakes people make when thinking about getting solar -
1. Not getting multiple quotes
2. Not knowing how the 'rebate' works or how to calculate the paybacks
3. Not knowing what consumer protections you are entitled to
4. Not knowing the hard hitting questions you need to ask your solar installer
5. Not knowing what size system you need to install
6. Thinking that because your roof doesn't face the best way that solar isn't worth getting
Read the report on the 6 mistakes and how to avoid them at SolarQuotes.com
Celebrate Our Solar Breakthrough in Australia
Australians have passed the 1,450,000 million homes connected to solar PV panels and generating electricity from our sun. It is expected to be above 1,500,000 mark by Christmas 2015.
The big push by the Australian Government is investment in storage capacity from solar power over the next 5-10 years so even more people are motivated to join the efficiency future.
The good news is that some big companies are doing more to reduce their carbon footprint. Rio Tinto and Australian Renewable Energy Agency have opened the first commercial diesel displacement plant at Weipa, NT, using solar energy,reducing diesel used by 600,000 litres a year and reducing greenhouse gas by the equivalent of removing 700 cars!