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Quick Guide To Efficient Home Heating

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One way of saving energy is to use it as efficiently as possible. Renewable energy and energy efficiency usually go hand to hand when discussing potential solutions to save energy in your home.

Choosing the right heating option saves energy but it also keeps more money in your pockets. Many households in temperate climates spend significant part of their energy budget on keeping their homes warm.

The starting point of each efficient home heating system should be keeping your home well insulated and air-sealed as possible. You should use top quality central heating radiators and make necessary steps to prevent heat from escaping with proper sealing and insulation.

Things have changed significantly in the last two decades or so, meaning that today you can use heating systems powered by renewable energy such as geothermal heating systems or solar heating systems.

Why use renewable energy powered heating systems instead of the traditional ones? I will explain this by using geothermal heating systems as an example.

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 November 2017 13:50 Read more...

Why More Businesses are Going Sustainable, and What You Can Do to Follow Their Example

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Today’s business is much different than it was even 10-years ago. Employees can be a little more mobile, suits aren’t as boxy, and an entire business can be run through a smartphone. There’s been another shift, however. Businesses today have become a lot more sustainable.

Businesses across Australia have made a decision to be more eco-friendly - to not leave as large of a carbon footprint as they did before. Some have certainly been told to try AGL solar for solar power, while others have been given advice on how to make their office more carbon neutral.

Having a more sustainable business is an excellent shift in the right direction - and one that you can very easily make too.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:43 Read more...

Ocean wind power has enormous potential

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The fact that ocean winds are more frequent and lot more powerful than those on land is a common fact. However, there are plenty of work ahead before we start harvesting this tremendous ocean wind power potential.

The researchers have calculated that wind turbines in the open ocean could in theory harvest more than five times as much energy as wind turbines over land. The main reason why wind power production in the deep waters of the open ocean is in its infancy of commercialization is because of high construction costs.

Lowering down the construction costs is the key ingredient of future ocean wind power commercialization. In order to achieve this science needs to come up with the low-cost technologies that could be applicable to open oceans.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:27 Read more...

Solution to reliable solar systems lies in algorithms?

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The current solar power systems are designed in a way that doesn't allow you to power your home during an outage. This is in order to comply with several safety standards. What this basically means is that devices that control your solar panels are powered down during an outage.

The current standards thus make it impossible for homeowners to draw on power generated by their own renewable energy resources. This significantly decreases the reliability of solar power systems.

The scientists at the University of California San Diego believe they have found the way to solve this issue. Their solution is to develop algorithms that would allow homes to use and share power from their renewable energy sources during outages by strategically disconnecting these devices, called solar inverters, from the grid.

Researchers believe that by using these algorithms they could improve reliability of solar power systems by 25-35 percent.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:46 Read more...

Renewable energy boom in Australia

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The former prime minister Tony Abbott basically did everything to stop federal investment into the Australian renewable energy sector. However, renewable energy sector still managed to survive and look strong, even despite the lack of federal support.

Luckily, the range of state government initiatives attracted investors, and Australia is currently well on the track to meet renewable energy target of 20% of total generation coming from renewables by 2020. According to the latest reports renewable energy sources currently provide 18.8% of electricity in Australia.

Hydropower is still the most important renewable energy source in Australia accounting for 40% of renewable electricity generation, followed by wind with 31%. This could soon change because of the fast growing solar energy sector, in fact in 2016 more than 150,000 solar systems were installed throughout the country which produce enough power to supply some 230,000 homes.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 August 2017 06:32 Read more...

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