Centuries of using non-renewable energy resources lead to high carbon emissions, pollution, and global warming. A fact that forced all intergovernmental organizations to set tough measures concerning the environment. One of their solutions is to support the use of renewable energy resources like solar power.
Right now, Australia leads the world in residential uptake of solar power. As of 2021, there are over 2.8 million solar power systems installed across the country, and these numbers continue to rise because solar power regained significant momentum in recent years.
If you are thinking of installing a solar panel and battery system for your home, please continue reading:
Reasons to install solar panel and battery systems
1. Solar power is environmentally-friendly
The sun is a clean energy source with zero carbon emissions and zero greenhouse gas emissions for our eco-conscious homeowners. Switching to solar power is one of the best ways to reduce your home’s carbon footprint and run an environmentally friendly household.
2. Help the nation save water
We battle extreme droughts every year because Australia is a geographically hot and dry country. Households must make an effort to save water. Little that we know, almost all non-renewable sources of energy use so much of our pristine water supply!
The good news is that you can help the nation save water when you switch to solar energy. Solar panels don’t use water to produce electricity and save excess power in a battery.
3. Help improve the electricity grid
Switching to solar power will help the country modernise and improve its electricity grid, from the connection, collection, distribution processes ⸺ and ensuring that the system is fair for all.
The first three reasons we mentioned are collective. Next, let's discuss the benefits of running your home using solar power:
4. Get solar rebates
The price of solar panels and battery systems are decreasing, but the total costs of installing a system (e.g. 6.6kWh system) is still a hefty investment. To encourage more households to go solar, both the Federal Government and the State Government offer solar rebates to qualified homeowners. Take advantage of this opportunity when you decide to install solar panels and solar battery systems in your home.
5. Earn from feed-in tariffs
The feed-in tariff scheme enables households running solar to earn extra when they decide to pump electricity back into the grid. Learn more about solar feed-in tariffs here.
6. Dodge the ever-fluctuating cost of electricity
In 2021, the average cost of electricity is 34.41 cents per kilowatt-hour. There was an average increase of 4 cents from the previous year. It is proof that energy costs more every year.
The situation is different with solar power. Most of the early adopters of solar panel systems in the country have already paid off their systems. In addition, some of these homes are running on free electricity already!
Your Energy Blog recommends installing solar panels soon if you want to avoid being a victim of the ever-increasing price of electricity in the future.
7. Increase the value of your property
Real estate agents and brokers across the country can confirm that houses with functional solar panel systems are hot right now. Houses with solar roof tiles are super popular too! Homebuyers want it, and they are willing to pay for it!
8. Make the grid as your ‘back up’ source of electricity
Adding a battery to your solar panel system allows you to store excess solar power during the day to use at night. When you have a grid-connected solar panel and battery system, your house will run solar power as long as it can, then use the grid as back up. Less power consumption from the grid, the lower your electricity bills.
9. Lower your electricity bill
Installing a solar panel plus battery system and still making efforts to reduce your home’s energy consumption will dramatically reduce your electricity bill.
10. Take advantage of long warranty periods
Always take note of the warranty when shopping for solar panel and battery systems. Most solar panels in Australia have a standard 5-10 year product warranty and a 25-year performance warranty.