The Benefits of Solar Power for Australian Businesses
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The Benefits of Solar Power for Australian Businesses

With mounting pressure to become more sustainable and eco-friendly, it’s more important than ever that businesses consider moving to renewable energy. It’s one of the simplest and most cost-effective sustainability improvements any physical business can make, and in some cases can be an added revenue stream.

We touch on many of the benefits below. If you need any more information, or if you’re ready to pull the trigger and would like a free quote, get in touch with the team at JNT.

Lower Electricity Bills

The rate of increase of electricity costs for businesses is skyrocketing every few years. The high cost of electricity prices in Australia has doubled over the past ten years, making them some of the world’s highest rates.

Installing a solar power system on your commercial building will add immediate relief from high electricity costs.

Adding a solar system future-proofs your business and helps safeguard your business from fluctuating electricity costs. Research from the Australian Energy Regulator says that energy consumers will rely on self-generated and stored-energy sources in the coming years as residential and commercial properties drive away from fossil fuels.

Most solar panels come with a 12-year manufacturer warranty and a 25-year performance warranty. So, a tip from our end would be that you ensure the warranty of your solar panel system before purchasing it – we’ll step you through what you need to know about the warranty upon installation.

Government Incentives

Which business does not love receiving some additional profits? Small and medium-sized business can enjoy government incentives when it comes to installing commercial solar power systems. Listing down two main benefits of adding solar power systems in Queensland.

Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCS)

Small-Scale Technology Certificates (STCS) are tradable commodities established by the federal government. These certificates are created at their trading price when an energy-saving activity is completed. The certificates are offered to the customer as a form of a rebate.

Feed-In Tariffs

Feed-in tariffs allow small and medium-sized businesses to sell surplus energy back to the grid system. It is an incentive that provides a return on investment for their solar power.

Property Value

Having a property that is already tailored to minimise electricity costs is a lucrative selling point. Should you have to sell for any reason, having solar panels and power production installed and fully functioning will help sell faster than other commercial properties on the market. Additionally, it’s likely you could sell your property at a higher rate, maximising the potential profits.

As a buyer, having solar power already installed means increased profitability for businesses since their power bills will be lower from the get-go. It also allows a new company to have more predictable overheads for their expenses for powering their new business.

Energy Independence 

When your energy supply isn’t dependent on the grid, you don’t have to worry about brownouts or blackouts like other businesses. You can even buy a battery to store surplus energy in the event you ever run out.

While other businesses have to stop production due to limitations from the grid, you and your team can continue working without worrying about your power sources. It’s an added advantage that can set your small or medium-sized business apart from your competitors.

PR and Public Perception

Reports indicate that nearly two-thirds of all Australians believe that climate change is a serious problem. Queenslanders show that 65% believe climate change is a serious threat.

One international study states that one-third of consumers prefer sustainable brands and an online global study demonstrated that millennials list sustainability and environment-friendly options as shopping imperatives.

When you take steps to reduce your carbon footprint, consumers become more drawn to your business – many of us want to support companies who are doing their bit for the planet, and making smart decisions that reduce their impact. There’s no reason you can’t use these as selling points for your business in your marketing.

An Extra Revenue Stream

Make hay while the sun shines. One of the many benefits of living in Queensland, with all of its abundant sunshine, is that at some point you are quite likely to end up with a surplus of energy that your business doesn’t need and won’t use. You can sell this energy back to the grid and have it become an added income stream for your business during the months you don’t need it.

While a smaller system will allow you to sell back unused power to the grid, by installing a larger system, you will have more power at your disposal initially, along with the potential for greater returns when selling back the surplus. This can mean your return on investment comes much sooner, and can even be a profit stream for your business.

Be an Eco-friendly Business

While many consumers understand that it’s not possible to be completely eco-friendly, carbon neutral, zero waste etc., these same people will appreciate you taking steps in the right direction.

As buyers become more environmentally conscious, they expect that businesses will do the same and do their bit for the planet. Those companies who don’t make changes to help outweigh their environmental impact may find themselves falling behind as consumers gravitate toward more sustainable businesses.

As an added bonus, making steps towards these more sustainable practices can be a part of your marketing and PR communications, and are a great tool for attracting more customers.

Lower Carbon Emissions

Not only is your business’s improved external perception a win here, you’re also genuinely helping the planet and being more sustainable as a company, something that grows ever more important as concerns of global warming and the effects of greenhouse gases mount.

While keeping costs down and perceptions up is important for any business, probably the biggest benefit of solar is for the environment. In Queensland, where climate change is a real danger with the rise in temperatures, flooding, and droughts commonly happening in the area, every little helps.

Be Smart, Go Green.

With these exciting benefits, it’s no surprise many small and medium-sized businesses are going solar. Installing solar for your commercial business can save money, improve your company’s public image, offer government incentives, raise the value of your commercial property, and even make you money.

Speak with the team at JNT to help plan your requirements, goals, and system setup. Take the steps towards positioning your business as an eco-friendly, energy independent, and future-oriented pioneer and reap the long term benefits while helping the planet.

With Queensland dedicated to increasing their solar power output, now is the perfect time to add solar energy to your business.

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The Elements of a Solar System
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The Elements of a Solar System

One of the most important parts of picking out a solar energy system for your home is considering the energy needs of your household. The amount of solar energy you both produce and consume can change based on a number of factors including the angle of your solar panels and the time of year.

Solar Panels

Solar panels are the most recognisable component of any solar electric system. They are made out of silicon crystal ‘cells’, glass, polymer backing, and aluminium. Typically, solar panels are installed on the rooftops of homes and are what make it possible to capture sunlight to turn into DC electricity.

When photons from sunlight collide with the silicon cell in the solar panel, electrons get released. These electrons scatter and move around very quickly. With the help of an electric field, they create energy in the process.

Panels are rated based on their voltage output under ideal performance, and can range from 10 watts all the way up to 300 watts.

Solar Mounting Systems

Without a mount, the panels cannot be installed. Mounting systems are what affix the solar panel to the roof, ground, or pole. The method that is used may either be set by zoning laws or based on the climate of the area the panels are placed in.

Roof mounting is most common for solar systems, especially here in Queensland where we get sun almost all year round; getting above the shadows is the best way to soak in as much of the sun’s rays as possible.

Solar panel mountings can be fixed or tracking. Tracking panels move with the sun from east to west, whereas fixed panels stay in one place. While fixed panels tend to be less expensive to install, their set position may not capture as much light as a tracking panel would.


The inverter is one of the most crucial parts of any solar system. An inverter allows solar power to be converted from DC (direct current) into AC (alternating current) so that your home can make use of it. Without first inverting the current, you also wouldn’t be able to send the excess power that your system produces back to the grid.

Array DC Connect

Disconnects are a crucial part of the solar panel system that allows workers and installers access to stop solar power from reaching the inverter. A successful system cannot be had without disconnects because they allow energy systems to be de-energised so that maintenance can be performed.

Battery Pack

There are some instances, such as cloudy days or nights, where solar power cannot be used. Batteries are added to solar power systems so that in instances such as this, homes are not without power. Batteries have to be maintained and replaced over time so it is important to consider the needs of your home when choosing a battery system. Our team can help you determine if it is the right choice for you.

Power Meter

A power meter allows the amount of solar energy used and produced to be measured, as well as the amount of power the solar system sends to the grid. Meters are important for tax implications as well as crediting solar panel owners for their energy addition to the grid.

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How Much Electricity Are You Using?
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How Much Electricity Are You Using?

One of the most important parts of picking out a solar energy system for your home is considering the energy needs of your household. The amount of solar energy you both produce and consume can change based on a number of factors including the angle of your solar panels and the time of year.

Electricity Usage at Home

The average Australian household consumes about 18 KiloWatts (kWh) of energy per day, or 5,639 KiloWatts a year. The amount of energy your household consumes depends greatly on how many reside there. Homes with children typically consume around 20 kWh of power per day, compared to single adults who use around 10 kWh per day.

The amount of power you use of course depends on what you do at home. Those who work from home (especially during the current pandemic) will likely be using more power than the average Australian, what with extra screens, computers and aircon running throughout the day during the warmer months.

Where is Energy Consumed?

Australian residences use about 40% of their electricity on heating and cooling, 23% on water heating, 14% on appliances like the dishwasher and washing machines, 8% on refrigeration, 7% on lighting, 5% on cooking, and 3% on standby power.

Air conditioning is what demands the most power from Australian plants. While a larger system would be required, it is possible to run your heating and cooling systems off solar power alone, potentially saving you up to 40% of your electricity costs. Shutting off your aircon for 15 minutes every hour has also been touted as a way of saving both energy and money.

Energy Consumption Throughout the Day

Every household’s energy needs are unique, but there is data that tells us about typical energy usage throughout the day. Energy usage rises throughout the day, and the highest energy consumption typically peaks at around 7 p.m. with about 90% of people consuming 2.3 kWh during this hour. Energy usage is typically at its lowest around 3 a.m with only 0.6 kWh consumed during this time.

Solar Energy Output

One of the most important factors when deciding to buy solar panels for your home is their cost and efficiency. Solar panels are more efficient at producing energy now than at any time in history. Alongside being more efficient than ever before, solar panels are cheaper than ever before with prices dropping about 89% since 2010.

One solar panel can typically produce around 1.24 kWh per day and the typical household needs around 20-24 solar panels to cover 100% of their energy needs. Australians who consume a high amount of electricity per year will typically see a 3-5 year return on their investment of solar panels.

There has never been a better time to invest in solar power for your property. Large or small, the long term savings are undeniable. Call our team to chat about your options and what to consider to get the best possible installation.

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Post Solar Installation Tips

So, you’ve got solar! Installation is complete, the panels are in working order and your home is running off renewable energy. Essentially the job is done, and yes, it’s as simple as that! However, there is always more to be done to ensure you’re getting the most out of your new investment. This doesn’t involve manual labour, or any kind of elbow grease for that matter. All it involves is a few adjustments to your daily schedule, or at least a newfound awareness of how your lifestyle affects your solar panels and vice versa.

We’ve summarised our top tips to get the most out of your solar panels from today, and long into the future.

Set Appliances to Run During the Day

Your solar panels will generate the most electricity during the middle of the day, therefore it’s best to run your appliances in this timeframe. Many appliances like washing machines, dishwashers and dryers have a delayed start function or they can be set to start their cycle at a certain time. This allows you to align their use with peak solar hours and will ensure you’re using clean energy to power them, instead of using electricity from the grid. Also consider your small appliances and electronic devices. If you’re at home throughout the day, charge your phone, tablet or laptop during the day too and unplug them in the evening.

Stagger Your Appliance Usage

Depending on the size of your panels, it may not be efficient to run all of your appliances at once. Stagger their start times throughout the day to ensure the panels can keep up with your electricity consumption. This will prevent having to use power from the grid during a time when your panels should be performing at their best.

Consider Appliance Upgrades

Innovative new appliances are more energy efficient than ever. While it may be an upfront investment to upgrade; the reduced energy usage will save you money down the track. Look for appliances with a five star energy rating (especially heating and cooling systems) to ensure your home is running as efficiently as possible.

Heat / Cool Your House During the Day

Your home heating and cooling systems can be responsible for a large chunk of your power bill, so having the ability to run them for free is life changing! Whilst night time is usually when most Aussies spend time at home, you can prepare your home during the day so it’s at a comfortable temperature when you’re relaxing in the evening. Remember to keep windows shut, close blinds and ensure drafts don’t let the cold or warm air escape.

Monitor Your Panels

Solar panels require very little maintenance and they’ll continue to perform for up to 25 years. If your panels are to live up to their life expectancy; keep an eye on them to ensure there’s no debris or damage. It’s also a good idea to monitor tree growth and vegetation in the area to ensure shading doesn’t affect the panels’ performance.

Consider your appliances, the timing of your energy consumption and the condition of your panels to ensure you’re getting the most out of your investment. A solar power system will save you money on your power bill regardless, but you’ve made the investment, so why not go the extra mile and ensure more money is kept in your pocket to pay for the things that make you happy.

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How to Choose the Right Size Solar System
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How to Choose the Right Size Solar System

If you’re one of the forward-thinking Australians who is making the choice to install solar panels, your next step is to consider the size of the system you need for your home. The appropriate size will need to reflect your energy usage habits, along with a few other key factors. When it comes to installation, your team of solar panel experts will make a recommendation of the number of solar panels needed, based on a professional assessment. However, it’s still smart to get an idea beforehand, so you can begin to plan financially.

There are four main points to consider when exploring which size solar power system is best for you.

Assess Your Energy Usage

Your current energy use should give you a pretty clear indication of what you require from a solar power system.

While it’s highly dependent on your home’s location and the amount of daylight you receive; a 1kW solar power system generally produces up to 5kWh per day. Take a look at your last power bill to determine your current usage patterns. The reverse side of your bill should display your average daily consumption. If for example, your average daily energy consumption is 15kWh per day and your goal is to run your home completely off renewable energy, you should consider a 3kW system.

Estimate Daylight Hours Power Requirements

Once you’ve found your average daily energy consumption rate, estimate how much of that energy is actually used during the day. If your home energy use peaks throughout the day (for example, if you’re running a pump or filter for your swimming pool), you should consider a larger system. If you run most appliances during the evening, you may consider something smaller that caters to your reduced energy use in daylight hours. If you’re willing and able to adapt some of your energy usage habits so that consumption takes place more so during the day, a larger system will help to save you more money in the long run.

Consider Your Roof Size

The size of your roof will ultimately determine the number of panels you can install. A professional will help you to make this decision by considering your roof dimensions and orientation. If you’d like to get a rough idea, take down the dimensions of your roof (no need to worry about the south facing part of your roof – panels will most likely not be appropriate for this area) and compare them against standard size solar panels.

When your pre-solar assessment is underway, your installation team will use satellite solar mapping software to generate a report on the number of panels that will fit in order to receive the best results.

Work Out Your Budget

Last but not least, the size of your system will depend on the amount of money you can comfortably spend. If you can make a larger investment now, you will likely save more money in the long run as more of your home’s energy usage will be renewable. If you can only afford a smaller system, you may still use quite a bit of energy from the grid, meaning you’ll still be paying a power bill. However, don’t fear! Your solar specialists will ensure your investment is a good one, and they won’t recommend a sized system that is a) unaffordable, or b) isn’t going to save you money on your power bill. Compare your renewable energy goals with your budget to make a good assessment on what size system will serve you best.

Working with a skilled team of solar specialists will ensure the most appropriate size system is installed for your home. Use the above factors as a guide in determining what system will work best, then talk to the professionals to get the most accurate recommendation.

If you’d like to learn more or you’re ready to get things underway, book a consultation with our team today.

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Save on Your Business’ Power Bill
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Save on Your Business’ Power Bill

Are you tired of searching for ways to cut costs and save on your business expenses? A costly power bill can often go unnoticed, however your electricity use could be the ticket to cutting back on business costs.

A few simple changes and some small investments could set your business up for some serious savings on your power bill. Let’s take a look at the best ways to cut back on your business’ energy consumption.

Switch to Energy Efficient Devices

Upgrading to energy efficient devices and office equipment is a smart long term investment for your business. Old air conditioners, heaters and kitchen appliances will consume a lot of energy. Depending on the size of your commercial space, these appliances could be costing you big time. In addition, you can invest in five-star energy rated devices, including computers, monitors, photocopiers and printers. Maintain an eco-friendly office and remember to turn off all equipment completely when not in use, or switch to sleep mode. It seems miniscule in the grand scheme of energy use, but you’ll be surprised at how much you can actually save by doing it consistently.

Programmable Thermostat

Stop spending money on a commercial space when it’s unoccupied! By investing in a programmable thermostat, you’ll be able to regulate the temperature to best suit the time of day and the level of occupancy. A thermostat will ensure cooling and heating remains consistent on weekends, holidays and overnight; and will help to maintain a comfortable temperature during business hours.

Prevent & Repair Drafts

Drafts can often go unnoticed in large commercial buildings, however it won’t go unnoticed on your power bill. Even a small draft can undo the hard work of your heating or cooling system. Try to conduct regular maintenance checks on your building to ensure drafts are prevented or repaired quickly.

Embrace Natural Lighting

Identify areas in your building that receive natural light and save artificial light for where it’s needed most. Make good use of windows and skylights, and light up your office naturally! If your business requires constant artificial lighting, be sure to switch to energy efficient light bulbs.


Shade From the Sun in Summer

During the warmer months, protect your space from the sun with awnings, blinds or window film. The sun’s heat will force your cooling system to work extra hard and will significantly increase its energy consumption.

Invest in Solar

You can go one step further with natural lighting and convert it into energy that will power your business. Investing in solar panels for your business will completely change the way you operate. You’ll not only increase your green rating, but you’ll also cut costs significantly without having to make sacrifices to other areas of your business. If you’re looking to become a leader in sustainability, or you’d like to take steps towards operating more efficiently; solar power is the way forward.

Stop paying for excessive energy use that can be easily avoided! Upgrade appliances, adopt energy-saving habits and use the sun to your advantage. Save on your power bill and give your business the chance to grow.

If you’d like to learn more about commercial solar installation, chat to our team today.

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Financing Your Solar System
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Financing Your Solar System

The future is bright for homes switching to solar. However, are you fearful of the financial burden? Paying for your solar isn’t as daunting as it’s often perceived. There are a variety of financing options available to new solar panel owners, each with a different set of pros that could work well for you.

Be smart in your approach to solar installation. Do your research to find the most suitable repayment plan and ensure you’re utilising your solar system to its full potential from day one. This will allow you to start saving on your power bill immediately, freeing up funds to pay for your panels.

To find the best financing option, you should begin by understanding what’s available and what will be the most cost effective in your current financial situation.

Let’s explore your options!

Solar Leasing

Leasing your solar panels allows you to make a fixed monthly repayment, with the relevant interest rate applied. The leasing company will own your solar system until you’ve paid it off in full. When considering the costs, compare your monthly lease repayments with the price of your system to ensure the interest isn’t going to send you broke. Also take into account the future of your living arrangements. If you decide to sell your home, the balance usually cannot be transferred to the new home owner and you’ll be required to pay the remainder of what you owe.

Solar leasing is usually a better option for large solar systems that are installed on commercial or industrial properties.

Add To Your Mortgage

Combining your solar system loan with your current home loan can be a relatively cost-effective option if you’re committed to making decent, regular repayments. If you generally only make the minimum repayment, your solar loan could almost double over the term of your mortgage. On the plus side, adding to your mortgage means a much lower interest rate and you won’t need to pay the fees associated with taking out a new loan.

Green Loans

Green loans are becoming increasingly popular in Australia and are now available through many financial institutions. They’re a type of unsecured, personal loan designed to fund the purchase of energy-efficient products. A green loan will have a lower interest rate and upfront fees, as well as no early repayment fees. Sounds pretty great, but what’s the catch? You need a reasonable credit score to be eligible for a green loan. If yours is good and paying cash up front isn’t an option, then a green loan could be your ticket.

Personal Loans

Personal loans are another good option. They’re a little easier to attain than a green loan and you’ll also have cash-in-hand, creating an opportunity to source the best panels for your home at the best price. They can be hard to come by, but do a little digging and you may be able to find a decent deal on a personal loan. If you’re in a position to pay it off quickly, financing your solar panels with a personal loan can be a cost-effective option.

Interest Free Loans

While it sounds good in theory, it probably shouldn’t be your first choice for financing. No interest on repayments and no upfront costs sounds tempting, but what you’ll often find with these loans is that you’ll pay a higher retail price. This excess bypasses the solar installer and goes straight to the lender. Unless your credit rating is low and you’re ineligible for a green or personal loan, we recommend exploring other financing options before committing to a ‘no interest’ loan.


It’s the odd one out in the list, but still an option – and a favourable one at that. If you have cash set aside and you’re looking to make an investment, solar panels are a great option. A return on investment isn’t far off and your system will generate a tax-free return that’s higher than any bank interest rates. It’s a smart investment for your bank account and for the future of the planet!

Weigh up your options, consider your credit history and plan for repayments you can comfortably afford. Gather your information and decide on the best way to finance your solar system. If you’re ready to learn more about installation, get in touch with our team today!

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Winter Energy Saving Tips
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Winter Energy Saving Tips

Winter is often the time when we plug in the heater, indulge in a longer, hotter shower and switch out the clothes line for the dryer. These seasonal changes keep us comfortable, however they also send our power bills skyrocketing.

Winter 2020 has the potential to cause even more grief, as more time is spent at home for those working remotely, studying online or running a business from home. Whether your most recent power bill was large enough to motivate change, or you’re simply looking to be more energy conscious this winter; we’ll explore the ways you can cut back consumption and save some cash in the process.

Efficient Heating

Heating your house can be costly – find an efficient way to do so, and take advantage of insulation methods

Turn Off Appliances

Sometimes to TV is just background noise, or you may have walked away from your computer and left it on

Adopt New Habits

Wash your clothes with cold water, take shorter showers and invest in a winter doona so you don’t need the heating on at night

Utilise Solar Energy

Despite the colder weather, if the sun is shining, it can be generating power through solar panels – it’s always a good time

Efficient Heating Systems

The heater can be the main culprit of the spike in your power bill. A well designed house with good insulation will require less heating in winter and cooling in summer. However, if you unfortunately live in a poorly insulated home and renovations aren’t an option, a heater can be the only source of heating available. If this is the case, we recommend doing your research, shopping around and investing in a heater that’s suited to the specific space you’re trying to heat.

Other tips for staying warm and keeping costs down:

  • Let sunlight into your home during the day and close curtains or blinds as the sun sets and the temperature drops
  • Heat only rooms that are being used
  • Shut doors and windows to prevent heat from escaping

Turn Off Appliances

A straightforward and very simple tip that we can often forget about! Spending more time at home means you’re likely using more appliances. Remember to switch off lights you aren’t using, unplug your devices (including your work computer) when they aren’t in use and try not to browse with the fridge door open for too long (something we’re all guilty of when working from home!).

If your power bill is alarmingly high, it might also be time to check in with your current appliances. What’s their efficiency rating? Investing in new appliances with a high energy efficiency rating will save you money in the long run.

Adopt Energy Saving Habits

If you have solar panels installed in your home, try to run major appliances when your panels are converting the most energy. This could mean doing your washing or using the dishwasher during the day. If you’re not home during peak daylight hours, invest in appliances with timers or delayed starts.

In addition, if you’re serious about reducing your electricity use, do your washing on a cold cycle, take shorter showers and invest in quality bedding that will keep you warm and comfortable without needing to run a heater all night.

Utilise Solar Energy

Although it’s an investment, now could be the ideal time to install a solar power system in your home. If this year has led to unavoidable lifestyle changes and caused increased energy consumption as a result, it could be time to reconsider how you power your home. If you foresee more time spent at home in the future; solar panels will save you money in the long run and ensure you’re using clean energy to power your home.

Don’t let the shorter, colder days dictate the price of your power bill. Make smart purchases and adopt a more energy-conscious lifestyle to stay comfortable, while keeping costs down this winter.

If you’d like to learn more about powering your home with clean energy and if the benefits will apply to you, chat to our team today.

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How Does Shading & Roof Orientation Affect Solar Power?
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What Affects Solar Panel Performance?

Solar panels produce clean energy by converting the sun’s rays into electricity, which is then used to power homes and businesses. While the amount of sunlight on any given day will affect the performance of solar panels; there are ways you can optimise performance to ensure high solar conversion throughout the entire year.

Let’s take a look at what can affect solar panel performance, including roof positioning, shading, daily weather and seasonal changes.

Roof Orientation

The direction your roof faces can affect how much power your system produces


Shading the sun from your panels will of course reduce the power output, but won’t make them useless


Rainy days will mean less power is produced, but Queenslanders will enjoy lots of sun throughout the year


While shorter days bring less sun, hotter days can also affect production, autumn and spring are ideal

Roof Orientation

Generally speaking, in Australia northern facing solar panels will convert the most amount of sunlight into energy. However, it shouldn’t overshadow the fact that east and west facing panels also have the potential for efficient conversion. Prior to installation, roof orientation is closely assessed to determine whether a home will benefit from solar power. Homes and businesses can often benefit from a combination of north facing and east or west facing panels. Positioning will reflect your lifestyle and electricity usage patterns. If your peak consumption is in the evening, west facing panels could work well as they’ll receive more sun exposure in the afternoons.

If your home isn’t north facing, don’t be alarmed. Solar power has the potential to be just as beneficial for your home.


Solar panels are able to reach their full potential in direct sunlight. The amount of shading on your roof is something that is carefully assessed in the initial stages of solar system development. Even partial shading on the cells of one solar panel can affect the efficiency of your panels, so it’s important to ensure your panels are predominately, if not completely, unshaded. This is all taken into consideration during your solar installation and our team will use a range of mapping tools to ensure the system installed is best suited to the level of shading your home receives.

Solar panels have the potential to last as long as 25 years. The vegetation surrounding your home is likely to change and grow over the years, so a tree that currently isn’t shading your home could be in five years time. It’s important to assess the level of shading on your solar panels during routine maintenance.

Thankfully, solar panel technology is continually reducing the impact of shading.


Blue skies and sunshine are perfect for solar panel performance. However, it’s inevitable that we’ll experience overcast and rainy days amidst the favourable weather. The question is, how do cloudy days affect your solar panel performance? Unarguably, they do reduce conversion, however the panels will continue to produce electricity, just at a lower rate. The weather patterns in your local area are a deciding factor in which panels are recommended for your property.

Here in Queensland, we’re lucky to have sunshine almost all year round, making it one of the best places to have solar panels for energy production for your home or business. Despite the heavy and often somewhat unexpected storms, the sun will inevitably prevail and power production will increase.

Seasonal Changes

Shorter days and less hours of sunlight will unfortunately result in lower conversion. However, on the other end of the spectrum, solar panels are less efficient on scorching hot summer days. Lack of sunlight and extreme temperatures will negatively affect your solar panel system. Transitional seasons like spring and autumn will allow for the most consistent energy production.

While certain elements can create repercussions for your solar energy system; our installation specialists will ensure a majority of the challenges are avoided or overcome. Pre-solar inspections will ensure close assessment to guarantee the most suitable panels for the job. If you’d like to learn more about whether solar power is the right move for you, get in touch with us today.

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The Cost of Running Appliances in Your Home
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The Cost of Running Appliances in Your Home

What Are Your Appliances Costing You?

Singling out your appliances and evaluating energy use is the perfect way to decipher which appliances are costing you the most. It’s a simple, yet effective way to determine where you can be saving money and if solar power will be beneficial to your home.

It’s likely that each room in your home features an appliance or two, and you might be shocked to find out where your energy consumption is highest and lowest.

Highest Consuming Appliances:


Household TVs are becoming bigger and better for viewing, but certainly no better for our wallets or the environment. While TVs are made more efficiently than they used to be, they still require a lot of power.

Fridge / Freezer

No major surprises here given the household fridge and freezer are constantly running. It pays to take special consideration to efficiency ratings when purchasing your next fridge.

Hot Water

This is highly dependant on a number of things including how many showers are taken, the temperature of each shower, the size of your hot water system and the amount of washing you do. Hot water can account for a large chunk of your power bill.

Heating and Cooling Systems

Cooling and heating your home can be incredibly costly and there are several steps you can take to reduce your consumption and save on your power bill. Learn more about how to cool your home more efficiently during summer here.

Lowest Consuming Appliances:

Digital Devices

Household digital devices are constantly increasing, however individually they are relatively cheap to run.

Clothes Dryer

Often deemed as the largest consumer, a clothes dryer actually uses far less energy than suspected.


A dishwasher uses significantly less water than hand washing in the sink and its energy consumption is low enough to warrant the switch.

How to Calculate the Running Cost of Your Appliances

There are a few straightforward steps you can follow to calculate the cost of your household appliances. Complete the following:

  1. Determine how much you pay per unit of electricity. This varies depending on your chosen provider.
  2. Calculate the input power the appliance uses in kilowatts (kW). This is usually marked on the appliance itself or in the instruction manual.
  3. To estimate the running cost, simply multiply the input power by the price of your electricity per unit.

For example, if you’re paying 25 cents per kWh and your air conditioner has an input power of 3000 watts (3kW), your equation would look like this – 3kW x 25c per kWh = 75 cents per hour.

Tips for Reducing Energy Consumption

  • When purchasing new appliances, be sure to review the energy and water rating labels when making your decision.
  • Turn your TV off at the wall when you’re not watching. The energy consumed during standby mode can add up!
  • Save dishwasher and washing machine loads for peak solar hours if you have solar power.

Assess your next move

Once it’s clear where energy consumption is highest in your home, you can start to understand whether solar power would be beneficial for you. Are some of your highest consuming appliances used during peak solar hours? Would the cost of your power bill reduce significantly if your fridge and freezer were able to run off renewable energy for a large portion of the day?

If you need more information or you’d like to speak to one of our expert team members, get in touch today. We can provide assistance with eco-improvements for your home, as well as all solar installation and maintenance enquiries.

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A Guide to Solar Installation
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A Guide to Solar Installation

The Process of Solar Installation

Solar panel installation is a quick and easy process that will completely transform the way your home operates. It’s almost hard to believe your home can run completely off renewable energy after one day’s work! The panel installation process involves a number of steps from panel placement to wiring and inverter connection.

We’ll take you through the process step by step to provide a clear idea of what takes place on installation day.

First Steps

The initial assessment

The team at JNT will run you through the initial home assessment to identify whether your home and lifestyle will benefit from solar power. This checklist includes the assessment of roof orientation and structure, current power usage and the number of panels you’d require for the system to run efficiently.

Roof preparation

We will undertake a comprehensive inspection of your roof before the installation commences. Roof preparation will include any maintenance and adjustments required to support the longevity of your new solar panels.

Solar panels are designed to last well over 20 years, and your roof’s structural integri

Panels Go Up


When your roof has been given the all clear, our experienced electricians will begin the electrical wiring process by connecting the electrical panel to the general power system. 

Mounting the panels

The panels are connected to the roof with a mounting system, which is generally stainless steel or high grade aluminium. It is the only part of the system that is directly attached to the roof. The mounting will ensure the panels are in a position where sun exposure is optimal.

The mounting system is manufactured to the highest quality to ensure your solar panels remain protected and in position throughout their lifetime.

Generate Power

Connecting to the inverter 

Finally, your new solar panels are connected to the inverter(s). The inverter will convert the DC energy to AC energy, which will power the appliances in your home. 

The final check

Upon completion of the installation, your solar power system will undergo a final evaluation. Once it’s approved, you’re all set, and the system will be connected to the meter where it can begin to generate electricity. You may need to purchase a new meter if your current meter (used to measure energy consumption in your home) is incompatible with your new solar system. If this is a requirement, we will alert you in the early stages of planning to avoid unexpected costs.

How Long Does Installation Take?

As you can see, solar panel installation is a relatively straightforward process. In most cases, the installation will be completed within one day. A longer timeframe may be required for larger houses or commercial buildings.

How Do The Panels Work Once Installed?

The panels will be positioned on your roof in the most optimal space for sunlight absorption. The rays absorbed through the panels are converted into direct current (DC) electricity. The DC electricity is then passed through the inverter and converted into alternating current (AC) electricity, which will power your home.

Get in Touch With JNT Electrical

If you have more questions about solar installation or you’re curious to find out if solar power is the right switch for you, contact us today.

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5 Energy Efficient Ways To Cool Your Home During Summer
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5 Energy Efficient Ways To Cool Your Home During Summer

Cool Your Home Without Emptying Your Bank Account

We all know the familiar feeling of opening a power bill that contains your usage over the summer months. You brace yourself for the worst, assuming it’s skyrocketed. More often than not, it has.

Thankfully, the lingering fear around the cost of cooling your home in the heat doesn’t need to continue.

There are several ways you can prepare your home to ensure you stay comfortable and that it runs efficiently throughout summer.

Home Insulation

Insulation will assist with reducing the amount of heat that enters your home. Effective insulation keeps your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, reducing the need for cooling and heating systems. Insulation is key to an energy efficient home. It will minimise your energy consumption and ensure comfort is maintained year round. Find out how much insulation is currently in your home to determine whether you would benefit from installing more. Older homes tend to have less insulation, however you can perform an inspection to gain an accurate idea.

Window Orientation

Window orientation is another key feature of the home that can affect energy consumption. It should be considered closely by those building, buying or renovating a home, however assessing the window placement in your current home can also lead to some beneficial changes.

If your windows are in a position where they receive a lot of direct sunlight, consider installing blinds, shutters or awnings to shade indoor areas. Alternatively, plant trees in the area that will eventually grow and block sunlight from shining directly into your home.

Make The Most Of Renewable Energy

You will notice a significant reduction in the cost of power during the peak of summer when you switch to renewable energy. Using appliances to cool your home during the day, when the panels are converting sunlight into electricity, will mean power is not being pulled from the grid.

Installing solar panels for summer will allow you to cool your home without an increased power bill and will enable you to enjoy your cooling systems without having adverse effects on the environment.

Energy Efficient Cooling Systems

Update your appliances to an energy efficient model to save big on your power bill. A combination of solar power and efficient cooling systems will ensure you pay the bare minimum for electricity and reduce your impact on the planet. Switch to energy efficient ceiling fans, and try to stick to fan use overnight, saving the air conditioner for hours of peak solar conversion.

If you’d like to make some eco-improvements to your home this summer, the team at AEG can assist with making adjustments that will help to use energy more efficiently.

Maintain Your Aircon Units

Air conditioners are a saviour in warm climates, however they’re also the appliance that uses the most energy. Maintaining your A/C unit will ensure it continues to work as efficiently as the day it was installed. If you fail to maintain your A/C unit, airflow will become obstructed, and it will impact the system’s performance and energy consumption.

As summer approaches, take some time to prepare your air conditioning unit for use:

  • Clean or replace filters
  • Check and clean the evaporator coil
  • Clear weeds or bushes that have grown around the unit
  • Inspect the seal between the air conditioner and the window (ensuring a proper seal will prevent cool air from escaping)

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Things to Consider Before Getting Solar Power
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Things to Consider Before Getting Solar Power

Is Solar Power Right For You?

Are you considering the switch to solar power for your home or business? While the swap is simple, there are some important points to consider before committing to renewable energy. We take you through some key considerations of solar to help you decide if it’s going to be right for you.

If you do not own the property, you will first need to chat to the landlord to discuss whether it’s an option. If you are an owner, you can tick the first box on your pre-solar checklist. If you’re in any doubt, the team at JNT are more than happy to take the time to talk you through everything and guide you to the right choice.

Things to Consider Before Getting Solar Installed:

Roof Position

The first point to address is the orientation of your roof. The panels will perform based on the direction they face. Also consider whether your roof receives an adequate amount of sunlight during both summer and winter.


When formulating your budget, remember to subtract the Australian Federal Solar Rebate from the total cost of the solar installation. The rebate is being phased out at an annual declining rate, however you can still claim until 2031. Find out if you’re eligible here.

Roof Size

Is your roof large enough for solar panels? If you live in a townhouse or a smaller building, consider whether a sufficient number of panels could be installed for a successful outcome.

Energy Use

At what time of the day is energy use highest in your household or business? Solar panels produce energy during daylight hours, so you will benefit most if energy consumption peaks during the day.

Power Bill 

Review your recent power bills to determine your potential savings. Calculate your average power usage to work out which panels will be most efficient for your property.

Panels required 

Once your budget, average energy consumption, roof orientation and size are established, you can then look to deciding on the number of panels you will need. Closely consider whether your budget allows you to install the number of panels required for adequate energy production.

Benefits of solar installation

Solar power is a great way to overcome the cost of rising power bills and it should also add significant value to your home or business if you decide to sell in the future. The benefits of solar stretch beyond the bank account and are an important step in working towards a more sustainable future. If you’re living circumstances are suited to solar, you will reap the rewards for many years to come, with very little maintenance required.

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Getting Solar Power for the First Time
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Getting Solar Power for the First Time

Introducing solar into your home

With more than 1 million homes throughout Australia now powered by solar energy, it’s evident that more and more people are starting to see the light. It’s proven to be the better choice for the environment and for your lifestyle, plus, it significantly reduces the cost of powering your home. In theory, switching power sources seems like a major task. However, it’s surprisingly simple.

Is solar power right for you?

Are you considering getting solar for the first time but unsure where to start? Good news- you’re in the right place. We’ll explain how solar works and how it saves you money long term. Plus, we’ll guide you through the selection process and provide an overview of what to expect from us; from your initial consultation, right through to installation.

Your journey to renewable energy use starts here.

How solar power works

The road to renewable energy is generally very simply. Solar power works like this:

  • The solar panels installed on roofs convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity
  • The DC electricity is then converted into 240V alternating current (AC) electricity through a solar inverter
  • Your home will then be powered by the AC electricity from the solar power system
  • Electricity will only be drawn from the grid if you require more than what’s produced through the solar power system

Our installation process

It’s our job to ensure that every new solar installation runs seamlessly. From start to finish, our team of professionals offer quality service, backed by comprehensive support.

Your solar installation journey will look like this:


During your initial consultation, you’ll meet with your local JNT Electrical team to discuss factors including your home’s power usage, suitability, building specifics and other considerations that are relevant to your situation.


Once you’ve approved the quote and package, we can begin installation. Rest assured knowing this process is fast and hassle-free. Our team of experts guarantee the highest quality results with every installation.


After we’ve met with you and identified your unique requirements, we’ll develop a package that’s best suited to your home and lifestyle. From here, we’ll provide a formal quote.


JNT Electrical is available for ongoing support and maintenance. We can provide assistance to ensure your solar panels are working efficiently and performing at the level required.

How solar saves you money

By producing your own power, you’re consequently buying less from your power supplier. Plus you’re able to save additional money by selling your excess to them.

For example, if you have 5kW of devices running in your home, and you’re producing 3kW through your solar power system; you’re only consuming 2kWh from the grid.

If you’re producing 6kWh and only using 5kWh, 1kWh is sent back to the grid, saving you even more money.

You’ll see savings on your power bill immediately, and the solar panels will eventually pay for themselves. Payback times differ throughout the country. In sunnier states it can take as little as 4-6 years to pay off the solar installation. Our team will be able to provide a payback estimate based on your area and the system selected for your home.

Which system is right for you?

There are several systems available to you, varying in style and layout. JNT Electrical is here to guide you every step of the way and our expert advice will ensure you select the best system to suit your usage and budget.

Things to consider for new solar installation:

    • Your average daily power consumption
    • The time of the day power is predominantly used in your home
    • Your location
    • Shading, surrounding trees and buildings
    • Roof orientation

Check your latest power bill to gage your average daily consumption in kWh. This figure will determine the type of system your household requires to operate efficiently. For example, if your household’s average daily consumption is 20kWh, you’d require a 5kWh system. The team at JNT Electrical will confirm which system is best suited to you.

Price does vary between different solar set ups, and the investment you make now will determine your long term benefits. Both cheaper and more expensive set ups will convert sunlight to power, however a higher quality product will conduct this more efficiently. Essentially, this means more renewable energy for your home and less power purchased from your supplier.

Get Started

Don’t wait any longer; start saving on your power bill and doing your part for the environment. For more information, or to book your initial consultation with the JNT Electrical team, get in touch with us now. Start reaping the benefits of solar power today.

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JNT Electrical – CEC Accredited Solar Retailer
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CEC Retailer Accreditation 

Choosing a Clean Energy Council (CEC) accredited retailer provides the peace of mind that every Australian deserves when switching to cleaner energy. Our accreditation demonstrates our commitment to servicing our clients with high quality products, installation and maintenance. The CEC performs regular audits to ensure every aspect of our business is adhering to the standards set in place. These standards exceed those regulated by the Government, setting the benchmark for the entire industry in Australia. 

What is the CEC?

The CEC is the leading organisation in the solar industry, with a vision to power Australia with clean and renewable energy. They run a national accreditation scheme for solar installers, work to establish support policies with the Government and help to develop and raise industry standards within Australia. 

How choosing a CEC accredited retailer will benefit you

High quality service 

CEC retailer accreditation guarantees a high level of service with quality products to match. We are regularly audited by the CEC to ensure our standards are maintained and that we’re meeting the requirements outlined by the governing body. 

Company trust

An approved solar retailer is a company you can trust. Our solar customers can be assured that we have been operating for over 12 months and that the service we provide aligns with the CEC guidelines. All CEC accredited retailers are obligated to provide every customer with complete transparency regarding additional costs that arise during installation. 

Warranty guarantee

Products and workmanship is covered by a minimum of 5 years warranty.

Mandatory deliverables 

When you choose a CEC accredited retailer, you will receive a full system design with site specifications, a roof plan and a detailed outline of orientation with tilt and efficiency losses that could occur due to shading. All quotes must comprehensively cover all information required for a customer to make an informed purchase decision. Approved retailers are also obligated to provide maintenance and performance measurement education, as well as a set of CEC approved terms and conditions. 

Our dedication and commitment to servicing our customers is backed by our CEC retail accreditation. The CEC is constantly working to produce growth and development within the industry to ensure Australia’s future is bright. 

If you’d like to know more about the CEC or our retail accreditation, get in touch with our team today.