Reducing power consumption
Reduce power bills
So with lots of discussion in this space there are a few important bits to understand. If we use energy we will need to pay for some energy. If we don’t use energy then we don’t have to pay for energy. Duh! Reduce energy consumption is a key start.
Lets really think about what this means. With some high performance house design we could only require energy to keep humans comfortable for as little as 5-10% of the time we are in the home. That is, if you can use the home to it’s full energy conservation potential.
Conversely a really poor design will definitely need energy for almost 100% of your time heating or cooling the space, no matter how green or conscientious your behaviour is. All of us can recall that rental property where, no matter what we did, we just couldn’t get comfortable and the bills were through the roof.
This means that even modest design ideas can have huge benefits. Lets also understand that you are paying for design already in almost any building work being a new build or a renovation so why not start here to reduce your power bills.
Good design pays dividends
The Nuts and Bolts to reduce power bills
Consider the component pieces that are usually being discussed. Batteries, panels and inverters. There has been rapid improvement in all of these components but what do you need? More importantly how much power do you use? These answer for different households would be vastly different even in the exact same house.
Aging stay at home couple
Consider a ageing or retired couple with kids (and grandchildren) no longer at home. This couple are likely to be home during the day but unless their hobbies involve glass blowing, firing pottery in a kiln or some welding activity the power use might be quite low on a daily basis and mostly throughout the daytime hours.
An emerging typical Aussie family (does this even exist Mum, Dad and 2.3 kids) have an early burst of activity then the school run. Followed by 2 jobs away from the house and almost no power consumption through the day. Then, bam! everyone arrives home at the same time to another flurry of activity. Lots of devices powered up multiple screens for homework and youtube “research”, meals to prepare. Because the house was closed up all day the A/C is trying to overcome the heat load from a full day in the sun. Late into the evening you find yourself shutting down up to 15 internet connected devices and stumbling off to bed for some sleep. High power consumption largely outside daylight hours and in very specific patterns. Multiple users requiring their “must have” activities as the same time.
In each of these situations there are solutions available however they are going to be designed with quite a different outcome in mind. Some of the result we can address with behavioral change, just like that new years resolution we all kept. Experience says that far and away the best outcomes are found when success is engineered into the design without conscious human intervention required. Believe me it is possible for your house manage it’s own power requirements, without the intervention of a human, and learns to fine tune itself. Smart technology is usually built into most home storage systems at the least and most likely also built into your major appliances. In some regions a householder will be offered a reduced tarrif power supply if the consumer allows the utility to load shed power demand with something called DREG control.
So sure look for a battery, or other specific component, to give yourself the sense of satisfaction of doing something to help, but better still design a better outcome for your specific household needs which will be quite unique to your family.
Who should I be talking to about he next steps? Perhaps asking the Real Estate agent (commission driven) to advise you on the appropriate system or house designed for comfort?? They are likely to provide you some interesting advice that offer a benefit, just a benefit for whom is the question.
Consider where you are seeking advice, is it suitable for your situation?
We offer an audit of your home where you may be able to find some low cost options to vastly improve your homes performance.