Ever since the first solar collector was invented in 1767, by Horace-Benedict de Saussure, the world has had a fascination with solar energy. Some of the greatest scientists in history have had an influence on the development of a wide range of technologies to harness sunlight for energy. Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect in […]
Australians have a long standing tradition of owning their own homes. Governments have actively encouraged citizens to purchase property since the loan schemes in the 1920s. While figures for home ownership in Australia indicate that 67% of households are owner occupiers, there has been a steady fall in the number of people that own their […]
Winter can be a welcome break for many Australians after our long, hot summers. During the months of June, July and August we usually see a significant drop in temperatures, increased rainfall and in some cases storms. While these conditions make it tempting to crank up the central heating, it is important to remember that […]
There was a time when choosing your home was dependent on cost, location and current and future needs. However, these days it is important that homebuyers and homeowners choose homes with high energy efficiency ratings, as it has a significant impact on your household costs and also the resale value of the house.
Solar panels are an environmentally friendly way of producing electricity for your home. They rely on photovoltaic (PV) cells to turn sunlight into electricity. They come in a range of sizes, though the current standard offering in the market is a 60-cell panel. Smaller panels are also available and can be used in the off-grid […]