Bundaberg is still the solar power capital of Australia

CleanEnergyCouncilReportStats2015The figures are in, and according to the latest Clean Energy Council of Australia Report: Bundaberg in Queensland was Australia’s solar power capital at the end of 2014, with the most solar power systems of any postcode in the country. Our near neighbour, Hervey Bay, came in third, and in fact: Eight of the top 10 solar regions of the year were befittingly from the Sunshine State.

But it’s not just householders who are saving money with solar power. The report went on to say: More than 15,000 businesses across the country have now installed a solar power system, collectively saving more than $64 million on their power bills. 

Statistics show we’re coming up on 1.5 million solar power installations across Australia, and nearly a third of those are in Queensland. The report went on to say that in 2014 Increased consumer engagement and awareness about electricity prices and the benefits of solar technology meant more than 230,000 households and businesses installed either solar power or solar hot water.

That’s good news for the environment, and also means there are a lot of happy householders saving money on their electricity bills. If you’d like to raise your awareness about electricity prices and the benefits of solar technology, we invite you to read our article called How Solar Power Works which is an introduction to the technology we install every day on rooftops in Bundaberg and surrounding areas. If you’re already an informed consumer and would like information on how to choose a solar power installation company, we also have an article on our website: The top 7 questions you should ask when buying a solar power system. 

From a big picture perspective, the Queensland government has recently committed to a renewable energy target of 50 per cent by 2030. That means, in fifteen years, half of the electricity used in Queensland will come from renewable sources. That will dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions and create thousands of new jobs for Queenslanders.

A win for the environment and the economy!

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The Telsa Powerwall: Say goodbye to power bills forever

The same US company – Tesla – who created stylish, affordable electric cars, and is in the process of installing recharging stations for them across America, has just invented a breakthrough in electricity storage.

The Tesla Powerwall is a huge leap forward in technology, and it will create a revolution in the way electricity is used. It is also the one item of inventory that we at AllSafe Bundaberg have been waiting for – an affordable, self-contained, quality home storage battery for electrical power. To show you how important this breakthrough is, let us explain quite simply how electricity is used by the average resident over a 24 hour period.

TelsaPowerUsageImageAs the image above illustrates, solar power in the average home is gathered for use at a time of day when people least require electricity. Peak demand times (in blue) are in the morning when folk are eating breakfast and perhaps putting the washing on, then again at night as they prepare dinner, have showers, watch television and run heating or the air conditioner.

For this reason, solar power has always been most advantageous for businesses who are open during daylight hours, residential customers who are home during the day to use appliances when the solar panels are generating, or who can set timers on their appliances to run in the middle of the day.

The solar power that isn’t used during the day is sold back to Ergon as a ‘feed in tariff’ which is currently 6c per kilowatt hour. Ergon then charges you 28c per kilowatt hour when the sun goes down and you need to buy electricity from the grid. That’s almost 5 times the price they give you for your solar power output! Despite this, most of our clients pay back their solar power systems within 5 years, using only the savings on their electricity bills, and can then enjoy minimal electricity costs for at least another decade, if not two.

Still, our clients have been asking for a battery system to store their unused daytime solar power so they can use it when the sun goes down (thereby avoiding the .28c per kilowatt charge from Ergon). Until now, we haven’t felt confident that the batteries on offer matched the quality of the solar power systems we sell.

TeslaPowerwallWithCarThe Telsa Powerwall, however, is the perfect solution. No longer do solar power clients need to lose their generated power for a measly feed in tariff. Instead, a Powerwall will enable them to save that solar generated power and use it later. And with Powerwalls starting at $3000 US (plus installation cost), this is a very affordable addition to your solar power system.

TeslaPowerwall

It will allow our clients the freedom to be completely self-sufficient (with the grid as a backup), giving them reliable, consistent power with no metered electricity bills and the bonus of knowing that they’re not only saving money, but by saying “no” to coal powered electricity, they’re saving the environment as well.

If you’d like to know more, we invite you to look at the Telsa Powerwall page: http://www.teslamotors.com/powerwall which lists the technical specifications. It also has a video of the launch of the Powerwall in LA three weeks ago by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. We are currently in negotiations with Tesla to become their agents in the Bundaberg area, although we believe it will be some months before the Powerwall is available in this country.

In the meantime, we can prepare! Phone AllSafe on 4151 7667 to discuss this product, and to talk to our friendly team about solar power, and how it can suit you and your lifestyle.

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How Solar Power Works

At AllSafe Bundaberg we are regularly asked how solar power actually works, and also whether it’s still a money-saving option with the current level of government support in the form of rebates on the purchase price. As an introduction to the topic, here’s a short video by AllSafe owner Paul Brodrick:

So how does it work? Solar power is produced by collecting sunlight and converting it into electricity. This is done by using solar panels, which are large flat panels called PV (short for photovoltaic) made up of many individual solar cells.

Solar (PV) panels

Solar (PV) panels

The conversion of the trapped sunlight into electricity is achieved by an inverter which is connected into your home or business electrical supply.

Solar power inverter

Solar power inverter

The sun’s light (and all light) contains energy. When light hits an object, the energy turns into heat, like the heat you feel while sitting in the sun. But when light hits some materials, the energy is turned into an electrical current instead. This is what we harness for power.

When you install solar power in your home, the panels gather energy from the roof and send it via the inverter into your home for your daytime use. Any unused power is sent to the grid for other users to access, and you are given a refund on your electricity account for this ‘export’ amount.

Homes or businesses will gain maximum cost-saving from solar power if they can use the majority of their electricity during daylight hours, either by direct usage or by setting up timers on appliances. So even if you’re at work during the day, you can set appliances/pool filters etc to function in your absence, or schedule high-energy tasks for weekends.

Most of our clients are using the money they save on their electricity bills to pay off their solar power systems within 4 years. After that, the money you would have spent on daytime electricity is in your own pocket. Interest free finance is also available to approved solar power customers.

As you can see, solar power systems are the perfect antidote for rising electricity costs, and for that reason there are many companies in the marketplace trying to secure your business. Allsafe Bundaberg has been supplying and installing energy efficient products from our Burrum Street address for over 17 years, and in that time we’ve seen many other companies come and go. In fact, we are often called on to service systems that were installed by other companies who are out-of-state or out-of-business.

A one-size-fits-all approach may suit other solar companies, but it doesn’t suit your best interests, and the reason we’ve gained a reputation for quality and customer service in Bundaberg is because we understand that each solar power system needs to be tailored to your individual electricity usage and budget. We take the time to show you working systems in our showroom, to come to your home and talk to you about your current usage, your needs and your budget, and if you have questions after your installation, there is always someone at our showroom who can talk through details with you. Some customers want a lot of information, others want their system to be ‘set and forget’. We’re happy to accommodate all our customers needs as their satisfaction has always been our best advertisement.

If you live in Bundaberg or the surrounding area and would like to inquire about a solar power system for your home or business, please call us during business hours on (07) 4151 7667 or leave a message on our Contact Form and we will phone you back. We look forward to speaking with you and offering a free quote on the solar power system that best suits your budget, needs and lifestyle.

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Slash your electricity bills in 2015

With electricity costs likely to rise again in Queensland, now is the perfect time for Bundaberg residents to take a fresh look at their energy usage and find ways to cut costs in homes or businesses. Each building behaves differently, depending on many factors, so by combining energy saving technologies, you can save money and make your home or business more comfortable for your family or clients. Allsafe owner Paul Brodrick introduces our range of products:


Correctly located ventilation will aid the temperature-controlling efficiency of insulation. Good quality LED or compact fluro bulbs will markedly reduce your lighting bill, and for areas that are always dark (hallways, walk in robes, bathrooms) a correctly-sized skylight will channel in free sunlight during daylight hours, making the space much easier to use.

Heating water can cost the average family around $640 a year, yet a good solar hot water system can repay itself in 3-4 years, and then continue to save approximately 80% of those old running costs.

Of course the less electricity one uses, the smaller the power bill. If you are thinking of reducing your bill dramatically with solar power, the less energy you use, the smaller (and cheaper) solar panel system you will need. Once that system is paid off (usually less than 4years), the comfort of your home or workplace can be enjoyed using electricity free from the sun.

Since 1998 Allsafe Bundaberg technicians have been installing these technologies into established homes, farms and businesses. We also work with leading local builders to incorporate insulation, skylights, solar panels and solar hot water systems during construction, reducing the building’s ongoing costs.

If you want to save hundreds of dollars off your power bill, and keep your comfort levels high, please talk to our team at Allsafe Energy Efficient Products, 24 Burrum Street, Bundaberg. We offer an obligation free energy usage assessment in your home or business so you can see which products would suit your usage and lifestyle. Customer service is our priority, and interest free terms are available to approved purchasers.

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Bundaberg leads the way in solar power

BoyOnSandBrochureI was so impressed to read recently that our post code, 4670, has the most solar power systems in the whole country! This must mean that most of our streets now have at least some solar power on the rooftops, and we will all know someone who has seen the benefits of this investment. Obviously our wonderful weather has a lot to do with the popularity of solar power here; did you know Bargara was once voted to be one of the 5 most liveable locations in the world? How lucky we are.

The Clean Energy Council of Australia’s latest report* gave some really exciting statistics. Some examples of these are:

  • By the end of 2013, the total number of residential solar systems installed throughout Australia was 1.2million.
  • Bundaberg’s postcode area has 8,015 solar power installations, the highest number in the whole of Australia. Hervey Bay area came fourth with 6,525 installations, and Gympie was at number eleven with 4,622 installations.
  • The Sunshine State has eight of the top ten post codes for solar installations. That’s over 30% of Australia’s solar power, more than any other state.
  • In 2007, just over 1 mega watt of solar power was installed in Qld. Only six years later, in 2013, this total had rocketed to over 1,000 mega watts. That’s a whole lot of Queenslanders saving money on their electricity bills.

Talk to your neighbours with solar about the benefits, then contact Allsafe Bundaberg  on phone 4151 7667 for this important investment in future-proofing your energy costs. We are a local company offering friendly, knowledgeable customer service and quality energy efficient products since 1998. Our solar systems come from established suppliers with reliable warrantees, backed by our own commitment to superior customer service. We employ our own qualified plumber and electricians, and we back our service with QBCC and Electrical Contractors Licences to give you real peace of mind.

*Clean Energy Australia Report 2103

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