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World Solar Challenge

Monday, 7 October 2013 8:06:26 PM Australia/Darwin

40 Cars will travel 3'000km racing accross Australia.

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Posted By Bart Sobies

Solar Power Getting Cheaper!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 6:01:00 PM Australia/Darwin

Check out the progress in Solar Technologies! We used to be paying $1785 a WATT for solar! 




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Posted By Bart Sobies

First Intercontinental solar flight

Friday, 8 June 2012 10:19:56 AM Australia/Darwin

Solar Impulse has acheived the first Intercontinental Solar flight! The flight took 20 hours, taking off from Madrid in Europe and landing in Moroco in North Africa. The plane is absolutely enormous, as big as a jumbo jet. Solar powered flights, the way of the future?

Take a look at a video of the flight here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-18343091

Posted By Bart Sobies

Huge Electricity Bills, is it important to know where your power is going?

Tuesday, 2 August 2011 1:54:51 PM Australia/Darwin

What has been your absolutely worst quarterly electricity bill? $500, $1000, $2000?

We have seen some incredible electricity bills throughout the years working to try and help households become more energy efficient.  The funny thing is that every household is different. There is usually no ‘one cause’ for a households excessive consumption.

Let’s look at the some of the most energy intensive appliances in the household. These are the 4 largest consumers of power the most people can make large savings on very quickly.

The Fridge/Freezer: Fridges vary in their consumption depending on their size, brand, age and the technology that was used to put the fridge together. Beyond this the number of times you it is open/closed, how much you store in your fridge can vary your fridges consumption, as well as the temperature setting of the fridge. Check to see how much power your fridge uses. An inefficient fridge will use 2kWh+ of power per day ($150-700 per year). Top Tip: Have you left enough room for air to circulate at the back of the fridge?

The Pool: We typically find that most households that have high usage can put it down to the pool. The pool typically can have anywhere from 1-4 pumps. Each pump will use between 1-2kWh. The worst case scenario is 4 pumps running, using 1.5kW for 6 hours a day. This equates to  36kWh per day ($7.20 per day). Roughly $657 for running the pool during the summer! Then if you heat your pool there is the cost for the gas. If you have solar tubes on your roof  then you still have to pump the hot water from the roof to your pool. Top Tip: Make sure you have timer switches for all your pumps and only run them when needed.

The Spa: I think we will leave these for an entire other blog post. These things make us just too upset. Let’s keep it simple. Top Tip: If you have a spa and you have large bills, BINGO it is the spa!

The Dryer: Once again consumption will vary depending on the age of the dryer, the load, wether the filters are clean, etc. Top Tip: Use sparingly! Make sure that they are setup in well ventilated rooms. 

Posted By Bartek Sobieszczuk