We custom assess every system to ensure we supply the best solution fit for our client’s. Initially, in our assessment, we ask quite a few questions to get a good understanding of your specific needs and circumstances. Based on this assessment we can then size a system that will work perfectly for you – both now and into the future.
WE ASK ALL OUR CLIENTS TO CONTEMPLATE
GAS, HEAT PUMP, OR SOLAR HOT WATER
An average elecric hot water system for a 3 or 4 person house, may easily consume 4 kWh per day alone if it is powered from your Off-Grid system. Gas, Heat Pump, or Solar Hot water is a great way to simply and drastically reduce your power consumption, in-turn saving you big money. Also, remember that in bad weather you may need to boost your solar hot water system and if it has an electric boost you’ll end up using a lot of power at times when the generated power from the solar panels is drastically reduced. Choose instead gas boost
Electric cooktops and ovens are another big requirements for an off-grid system to supply. Although running ovens and elements from your off-grid system is definitely achievable you may find going with gas will save you a lot of money.
WOOD FIRE HEATING
Electric Bar or electric underfloor heaters are massive power consumers and when run for long periods don’t really fit in with an off-grid situation. Wood fire heating is an option taken up by many of our clients. The nice warm ambient temperature of a wood fire stove can also be harnessed to heat up living spaces.
If you are buying a new property a lot of clients take the opportunity to ensure they get the most efficient appliances to reduce their Off-Grid system requirements. Energy star ratings are now presented on most appliances along with a yearly kWh usage. This can be used to select the most efficient appliances for your budget. LED lighting is now a very efficient option and gives good light. As numerous lights are usually on for at least a few hours a day a more efficient light can add up to big savings.
CHANGE YOUR BEHAVIOURS
It’s simple. When the sun is out, use your bigger consuming appliances. Do your washing, vacuuming and all other household routines during the day, this way the electricity is in-effect supplied directly from your panels and not discharging your batteries. For smaller systems, you may want to load-share, which means staggering the use of your high draw appliances such as toasters, microwaves and kettles etc. This will reduce the requirement for a large off-grid inverter which will save you even more money on system cost. Use common sense.
Our Head Office & Warehouse is located at 25A Lobelia Drive, Altona North VIC 3025 and our Off-Grid team are located at 14-20 Aerodrome Rd, Maroochydore QLD 4558. All our installation crews across Australia are ready to deliver award-winning quality design & installation service.