What solar power system will I require to achieve my needs?
It is important to communicate what you are trying to achieve with your solar PV system. As there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution – what works for one family may not work for you. Everyone has different needs – reduce electricity bill, looking for best payback, grid independence, blackout power, reduced environmental emissions, or increased home value. By providing the exact information the installer will work with you to tailor a solar PV system solution that works for you rather than someone else.
Additionally, it is very important to know how much electricity you use and at what times of the day. You can find your usage in kilowatt hours (kWh) on your electricity bill.
How much will I need to spend?
Discussing your budget needs early in the process will save you and the designer time and money further down the road. Understanding any budget constraints in the beginning will allow the installer to provide an efficient solution and quote that is within your expectations and without any surprises. This process also helps you understand the costs involved in different solar power system options and what you can expect.
What Government schemes are available?
There is a financial scheme available when purchasing a solar PV system.
- The Australian Government offers Small-scale technology certificates (STC’s) under the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES), where you are issued with tradable certificates for eligible solar PV systems.
Note: to be eligible for any scheme, ensure your system must be installed by a Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited installer.
Should I wait for solar technology to develop further?
Solar technological advancements are constantly improving, but marginal. If you are a solar prospect sitting on the fence waiting on some major solar breakthrough to make solar value better – not financially worth missing out on incentives as the current incentives will not be around forever.
Does solar work only with sunlight?
This is a common misunderstanding that solar panels only function in direct sunlight. The matter of fact is solar panels use daylight energy to produce electricity, and they do not need direct sunlight to work, but they are also fully capable of harvesting ambient light, even on cloudy days. What is more, solar panels performance can be more efficient in cloudy weather. A cloud can reflect or sometimes even magnify sunlight, which results in additional power output from your solar panels.
Will I still have electricity during blackouts?
No, if connect to the grid. Even though some people associate solar panels with off-grid living. All grid connected solar power systems will and must disconnect from the grid during a blackout, meaning that the solar system will shut down, due to is safety.
Yes, if off-grid living. Battery technology is improving rapidly, and cost is dropping. It may soon become far more common.
How will the system be maintained?
There is little maintenance with a grid-connected solar PV system. All you need to do is keep the panels clear of debris and dirt, and have the electrical system and wiring inspected by a licensed electrical contractor regularly.
Are batteries costly?
Batteries are expensive but the cost is becoming more cost effective. Nevertheless, if you enjoy the comfort of knowing that you will have power and independence when the grid goes down, a battery backup makes sense.
Will I save money with battery?
Yes, by not paying for your energy in the evening which is expensive.
WHAT IS THERMOGRAPHY?
Thermography is the capture and analysis of thermal data to accurately assess patterns of an objects thermal radiation through absorption, reflection, transmission and emission. Thermography operates by accurately measuring the infrared or heat energy of any target objects surface, producing a detailed visual image showing its temperature profile in contrast with its immediate surrounding area. The process does not measure temperature directly but enables remote analysis of relative temperature and heat variations, accurately sourcing and calculating anomalies through the applied knowledge of thermographic principles. Excessive heat output is a key signature that an electrical system or component may be close to the point of failure or has the potential to cause a serious health and safety issue such as injury to staff or fire risk. Thermography or infrared thermal imaging is the most cost-effective method in determining faults in all electrical, electronic and mechanical equipment and structural issues and problems with buildings.
A thermographic survey of an electrical switchboard, for example, will reveal in seconds the location of any component with abnormal temperatures which may result in a fire, equipment failure or compromise staff health and safety.
Thermography is a fast, accurate, non-intrusive and inexpensive method of obtaining thermal information and problem detection. The knowledge gained provides the means to efficiently manage maintenance operations, optimize plant performance and increase plant life and safety.
HOW DOES THERMAL IMAGING CAMERA WORK?
Our eyes work by seeing contrast between objects that are illuminated by either the sun or another form of light. How infrared thermal cameras work is by “seeing” radiation from the objects, and this is achieved by using a special lens that focuses mainly on the radiation being emitted by all the objects-living or not – that it can see. This is why thermal cameras can operate at all times, even in complete darkness.
WHAT CAN THERMAL IMAGING HELP TO PREVENT?
Thermal Imaging identifies faults that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal scanning is an efficient way to determine whether a piece of equipment needs to be replaced or not. This is important information for organizations as the continuity of production is guaranteed without unnecessary equipment replacement, leading to cost savings of thousands of dollars. Also, it picks up faults as they develop, so repairs can be planned accordingly, allowing organizations to fix issues before they disrupt the production process.
BENEFITS OF THERMAL IMAGING SERVICES FOR ORGANISATIONS
There are many benefits of using thermal imaging for electrical applications. The key benefits include:
- Reduces down time: There is no need to shutdown operational systems during a thermal audit allowing production to continue as normal
- Saves money: Deliverable tangible, return on investment (ROI) by early detection of faulty systems or components, corrective service can be planned and conducted before more serious problems or damage occurs which may result in long and unexpected interruptions to fundamental operational systems.
- Fast and accurate: Thermal surveys can quickly scan and measure the temperature of surfaces electrical equipment under normal operating load conditions quickly and accurately with no interruptions and lengthy preparation or pre-inspection work.
- Non-invasive process: Thermal Imaging is nondestructive and involves no physical contact and consequently there is no potential for damage to the systems or equipment undergoing thermal surveys.
- Reduces the potential for serious health and safety issues to occur: Early detection of problems will reduce the potential for injury to staff and risk of fire.
- Revolutionized predictive maintenance inspection programs: By detecting problems and scheduling repairs before a major failure occurs, productivity, profitability and workplace safety are all increased.
- Risk Compliance: Supports the processes of Insurance specified risk assessment and prevention criteria. (Check this with your insurance provider).
WHAT CAN THERMAL IMAGING HELP TO PREVENT?
Thermal Imaging identifies faults that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal scanning is an efficient way to determine whether a piece of equipment needs to be replaced or not. This is important information for organizations as the continuity of production is guaranteed without unnecessary equipment replacement, leading to cost savings of thousands of dollars. Also, pick up faults as they develop, so repairs can be planned accordingly, allowing organizations to fix issues before they disrupt the production process.
How do I know what is the right size air conditioner for my home?
Speak to the installer to assess all factors affecting your indoor temperature and influencing your home’s heat load. Every home is different, and the right air conditioner will vary on many factors, such as room orientation, window size and ceiling insulation, simply to name a few. It is a critical decision to get right, as an air conditioner that is too small won’t effectively heat or cool your home, and one that’s too large will be inefficient and expensive to run.
Does an air conditioner ever need re-gassing?
Re-gassing an air conditioner will never be necessary if it is installed correctly. However, if the pipe connections are not properly or tightened, or if the pipes themselves degrade over time for some unforeseen reason, then they may leak, which is the most common cause of needing to re-gas an air conditioner. If there is a gas leak in your air conditioning system, it should be inspected by a qualified air conditioning installer.
How often should air conditioner filters be cleaned?
Generally, depends on the usage of the air conditioner. In a home, if it is a regular standard usage, filters should be clean every 3 months, if you have exceptionally high use or run every day like in a commercial situation you should clean your filters monthly. The more you clean them the healthier your air and the less cash you will spend on running costs. Additionally, in more dusty or polluted environments you should clean your filters more regularly. Cleaning your filters is the most important maintenance task you can do to care for your air conditioner.
How do I save energy while using the air conditioner?
- Set your air conditioner to the recommended temperature setting.
- Cooling: 24.0-26.0°C
- Heating: 20.0-22.0°C
- Turn off at night and save while you sleep.
- Keep windows covered with blinds or curtains.
- Keep air filters cleaned.
- Only cool areas people are using by zoning.
Ecopower Electrical Pty Ltd is an electrical contractor with over 25 year’s experience in commercial and domestic electrical services.
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