5 easy ways to start your journey to renewable energy

From carbon neutral broadband and mobile phone plans to all-electric vehicles and green energy providers, Australian and New Zealand homeowners are regularly pulled in multiple directions when it comes to doing the right ‘renewable energy’ thing.

At Redback, we get that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, so here are 5 easy ways to start the switch to renewable energy.

1. Invest in a Smart Meter

If you don’t know how you’re using electricity in your own home, then it’s a lot harder to do something about it, and even harder to make it ‘green’. If you own your own home, then using a smart meter is a must. Not only does it digitally measure the energy your home uses, but more importantly, it measures when and how much electricity is used at in your house.

This not only allows you to see when your usage is on the higher side, but some smart meter models even pinpoint which appliance is the power hog. Unplugging idle or power hungry devices when not in use can not only save you money, but will also help you on your ‘green’ journey.

An example of a Smart Meter

2. Insulate, Insulate, Insulate!

In Australia we’re used to hot summers and (relatively) mild winters. But according to the Australian Energy Foundation, “we actually feel the winter cold more than Americans and Europeans” in our homes due to inadequate home insulation, losing up to 35% of household heat in winter and allowing up to 35% more heat in summer.

Fortunately, upgrading the insulation of your home is easier and less expensive than most people think. In the average home, insulation costs are recouped in the form of 40-50% lower heating and cooling bills within 5-6 years. This is a fantastic way to become a little more self-sustainable, reducing your reliance on electricity providers.

3. Cut back if you can

Cutting back on your electricity consumption is an important step in making your home eco-friendlier. There are plenty of ways you can do this that don’t hinder your existing way of living.

4. Switch to a Greener Provider

Want to source your electricity from a greener, eco-friendlier supplier? Energy providers across Australia vary in their green advocacy, but Greenpeace annually compares the top providers’ practices in their ‘The Green Energy Guide’.

The companies listed at the top of this guide are making significant progress towards incorporating more renewable energy into Australia’s electricity grid. And several of them have come up with innovative ways to give customers and communities more influence over their electricity generation.

Winner of the pack this year are Enova Energy, who source almost all of their energy from distributed solar panels from their customers, and from Diamond Energy, a renewable electricity generator and retailer.

5. Add a Redback Solar Storage Solution

Investing in your home by installing solar panels and solar batteries will allow you to live your most eco-friendly, sustainable life, allowing you to create and store your own electricity. With your own renewable energy source ready to go, you’ll reduce your reliance on the electricity grid.

In addition to solar panels, installing a Redback Smart battery that stores the sun’s energy during the day for use at night, avoids the need to buy from the grid after the sunsets. This has the added benefit of relieving grid stress by balancing energy supply and demand.

With our brand new Smart Inverter designed for Australian conditions, and battery options for homes with existing solar, homes thinking about installing solar, and houses with three-phase power, Redback is your proud Australian provider of solar battery storage solutions.

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