Gas Versus Electricity

Your hip pocket guide to gas versus electricity The ATA’s latest study updates our modelling to give more accurate estimates of the savings or costs over 10 years when switching to electricity from gas for heating, hot water and cooking, and adds solar to the equation. Energy analysts Dean Lombard and Keiran Price report. Reproduced … Read more

Changes to the solar feed in tariff

Feeding the grid Varying solar payments by time of day The ATA’s Keiran Price explains how minimum solar feed-in tariffs are set and helps demystify an intriguing new time-of-day feed-in tariff proposed for Victoria from July. Reproduced with permission from the ATA‘s Renew magazine issue 143. A FEED-IN tariff is a pretty straightforward concept—it’s the … Read more

Saving money on your energy bills

We are keen to see people reduce their carbon emissions by implementing energy efficiency measures and reducing their dependence on fossil fuels. That’s why we have lots of tips and advice on our website and in our news articles. Reducing your energy usage also has the happy benefit to consumers that reducing energy consumption reduces … Read more

Fans are fantastic!

Summer isn’t over and there are plenty of hot days ahead. Fans are a great way to keep cool without the added cost of running an air conditioner. Why use a fan? Fans use a small fraction of the amount of electricity compared to air conditioners, costing around 1-2 cents an hour to run compared … Read more

Renters tips

Our friends at the ATA have run a feature in the latest edition of their ReNew magazine (Issue 142) about rental properties.  Below are some energy saving tips for renters. We also have many hints and tips to help renters and those living in apartments to save. Please note that some of the advise below is trickier in an apartment than a free standing … Read more

Clean coal fact check

The Positive Charge team are always keen to hear from our eNews subscribers, so if you have a question about one of our articles or if there’s something you’d like to know more about please drop us a line. One of our readers recently asked us why we view renewable energy as a solution to … Read more

Solar roof tiles

A question that has been coming up at our information sessions lately is “what about solar roof tiles?”. Just like battery storage, solar roof tiles are receiving a lot of media attention at the moment as being part of what is viewed as an inevitable transition to a renewable energy future. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), also … Read more

Battery storage

Many people are keen to learn more about adding battery storage to existing solar PV systems or to set up systems that include battery storage. Battery technology has come a long way in recent years, with lithium ion batteries being something of a game changer due to their longer life, low maintenance and appealing safety … Read more

Preparing for summer

Spring has well and truly arrived. Trees are blossoming, bees are out and some of us are very relieved to be putting away our beanies and winter coats for a while. But it probably won’t be long before the heat gets more extreme and this can get us down, while making our energy bills go … Read more

Solar – Go big!

Wondering what size solar photovoltaic system to install? The latest ATA modelling shows that bigger is better, even if you don’t use much electricity. Reproduced with permission from ATA’s Sanctuary magazine edition 40. Many people ask us what size grid-connected solar system they should get. Traditionally, the ATA (Positive Charge partner and publisher of Sanctuary … Read more

Gardening with stormwater

Stormwater is rain that runs off the ground or paved areas into stormwater drains that then divert it away from your property. It makes sense to slow this flow of stormwater and direct it to areas where it can soak into the soil and benefit the garden. Slowing the flow reduces stormwater pollution and keeps … Read more

Getting in front of the meter

Can we find value for both customers and the network in sharing locally generated energy and thus accelerate a transition to 100% renewables? MEFL alumni Bruce Thompson and Paul Murfitt discuss the potential in microgrids, virtual power plants and more. THE transformation of the electricity network is certainly now upon us. Years of environmental advocacy, … Read more

Smart meters

Smart Meters were rolled out to all residential dwellings in Victoria in 2014 and are now the standard meter type throughout the state. In NSW meters are currently being upgraded by energy retailers on a voluntary basis. We thought we’d have a look at some of the benefits that smart meters bring to help you … Read more