• What Does It Take to Have A 10 Star Home?

    On the other hand, 10 Star homes require no heating or cooling to keep homeowners comfortable all year-round.

    The more energy stars your home has, the more comfortable it is, with minimum need for heating or cooling. A 10 Star home should need no heating or cooling whatsoever.

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  • 5 Ways Solar PV Owners Can Keep Winning as Feed in Tariffs are Floored

    The Transitional Feed-in Tariff (TFIT) and Standard Feed-in Tariff (SFIT) in Victoria are set to expire on the 31st of December 2016. Solar customers currently enjoying the TFIT & SFIT will see that using the excess electricity generated by their solar panels on site is much more beneficial than exporting it back into the grid.

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  • A Smart Buyer’s Guide to Choosing Hot Water Systems

    Choosing the right product for a hot water system may not be the most thrilling undertaking but sure is an essential one. They may not look chic and appealing but your decision will be crucial for years to come.

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  • Sanden Eco for Healthy Homes

    Network 10's Healthy Homes TV show will feature the Sanden Eco Heat Pump on one of the Series 4 episodes.

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  • NewGen Solar goes to Cape Paterson for CPD

    NewGen Solar visits The Cape for its Continuing Professional Development

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  • The Home Team's Sanden Eco Promotion

    NewGen Solar's Director Ben Cole presented the benefits and advantage of using the Sanden Eco Heat Pump in your home to make it more efficient.

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  • New Gen Solar's New Ad

    NewGen Solar's new magazine advertisement featuring the snow monkeys!

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  • The Cape Eco Village Shines with 8.2 Star Rating Homes

    The Cape Eco Village showcases two homes that achieved an impressive 8.2 star rating

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  • NewGen Solar Joins Melbourne Home Show

    NewGen Solar has participated in Melbourne's iconic home show. Director Ben Cole was one of the exhibitors who introduced Sanden Heat Pump Hot Water System to visitors and gave useful information on the efficiency of this innovative technology.

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  • Twenty Ways to Cut Your Energy Bills

    Tim Forcey offers some suggestions and actions you can do to save on energy bills if you do not have solar panels.

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  • Australia to get 52GW of solar capacity in dramatic energy transformation

    The Australian infrastructure market is participating in a global energy transformation that will have a profound effect on our economy and financial markets.

    The solar industry will experience unprecedented growth, from 4GW currently to 52GW of capacity in the National Electricity Market by 2040. This will require an investment of approximately $40bn or $3bn per annum over this period in solar alone.

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  • On The Rise: The push and pull of commercial solar in Australia

    More and more businesses are taking up solar photovoltaic (PV) systems on commercial premises in Australia and, according to SunWiz Managing Director Warwick Johnston*, it’s happening more frequently. Warwick talks to Sustainability Matters about some of the latest trends in commercial PV and the push and pull factors at play in Australia.

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  • Victoria Shines on Renewables and Solar

    The Solar Council has welcomed Victoria’s ‘ambitious’ renewable energy targets to create
    thousands of new jobs and cut the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. By 2020, 25 per cent of
    electricity generated in the state will come from renewable energy. By 2025, that will rise
    to 40 per cent. Premier Daniel Andrews announced the targets last week while marking the
    arrival of the first turbine blades at the Ararat Wind Farm.

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  • Top 10 Green Building Products for 2016

    Green building product innovations have been at the forefront of the Greenbuild conference this week. During the show, Alex Wilson and Brent Ehrlich, of publishing company BuildingGreen, presented what the company — after reviewing hundreds of different options from manufacturers — predicts will be the top green products on the market next year. From urinals to office chairs, BuildingGreen's list offers a look at what's ahead in the rapidly evolving sector.

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  • Comfortably ahead: A tale of two heaters

    Turn on your air conditioner—and knock hundreds of dollars off your heating bill. Tim Forcey describes the learnings (and savings) gained from his experiment with reverse-cycle electric heating.

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  • 'Heat Pump' Tech Could Save Victorian Homes Up To $658 A Year On Gas

    Thousands of Victorian households are missing out on cheaper bills because they are not using their already installed reverse cycle air conditioners to heat their homes as an alternative to gas systems.

    An analysis by the Melbourne Energy Institute, which is based at Melbourne University, has also found greater adoption of these technologies and others could help lead to a halving of gas-use across eastern Australia in the next 10 years.

    The Institute's report says that large Victorian homes could save as much as $658 a year if they switched off gas heating and increasingly used air conditioners with "heat pump" technology in them.

     

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  • Get more out of your solar power system by using water as a battery

    When the sun shines at its brightest, many of Australia’s 1.3 million homes with rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar panels generate more electricity than they use. When this happens, excess electricity is exported to the grid.

    Maximising the use of electricity in the home while the sun shines is one strategy for avoiding giving electricity away cheaply to retailers, but there are only so many times each day you need to run the dishwasher! The alternative is to try and store energy for later use, by buying either a home battery system or an electric car. However these can be pricey, and on pure economic terms this tactic may not yet add up. There is, however, an economic energy storage option that many householders may not have considered.

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