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  • How to beat bill shock

    How to beat bill shock

    With electricity and gas costs continuing to rise, it’s no surprise most of us are suffering from bill shock. It’s that dreaded moment when you open your power bill and realise just how much energy costs are impacting your household budget.

    That’s why we’re always on the lookout for the most advanced energy-efficient solutions available. As LED lighting specialists, we recommend the replacing of halogen downlights with LEDs - 85% more efficient and lasting up to 30,000 hours, they’ll save you a lot of money in the long run. One of our in-store lighting specialists can advise you on the most practical and affordable LED lighting solutions.

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    We’re also home to Australia’s biggest range of energy efficient ceiling fans. Nowadays, ceiling fans are a must for every home and there’s a style to suit every room – even alfresco areas. Most ceiling fans are equipped with a reverse function, so you save money through winter and summer. In fact, ceiling fans can cut your cooling costs by up to 90% when compared to air conditioning.

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    And if you want to dramatically reduce bill shock, talk to Beacon Solar about making the switch to solar. We can tailor a solar power system to suit your needs, with a range of superior solar panels and invertors. We also specialise in off-grid and battery back-up solar systems. To learn more visit the Beacon Solar website today for more information.

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    From energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling solutions and solar panels, Beacon Lighting has everything you need to help you beat the dreaded bill shock.

    9 September 2013

    How to beat bill shock

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  • Beacon Solar comes to our Heidelberg store

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    Beacon Solar recently completed our biggest install yet – a gigantic 42kW solar power system atop our Beacon Lighting Heidelberg store in Melbourne, VIC. With a system made up of 168 solar panels, that’s a lot of roof space!

    This was part of an initiative to reduce the store’s power costs. The system will also reduce carbon emissions in terms of black balloons by approx. 350,400 per year. If you imagine one black balloon contains 50g of carbon pollution, it’s easy to see that’s a lot of pollution saved!

    The installation took place over 3 days and included:

    • 168 x 250W Poly-crystalline panels
    • 84 x 500W Micro-inverters
    • 112 lengths of racking

    Micro-inverters are the latest solar technology to help increase solar panel performance. Micro-inverters operate like any other inverter, except for the fact that there is one to each panel. This means that these AC micro-inverters work independently of each other. Compare this to traditional DC systems that are wired in a series like the lights on a Christmas tree – when one stops working, they all stop working.

    Micro-inverters enable each panel to work at its best under all conditions. When there is a shading issue the micro-inverters really come into their own, as they control each module independently, which yields the most from each panel. Our micro-inverters are covered by a standard 25 year warranty.

    The 168 x 250W premium Sun-Earth Polycrystalline panels used feature anti-reflective glass, which means even in low light conditions the anti-reflective coating reduces the loss of light and contributes to higher power generation. They also feature four bypass diodes. These diodes ensure minimal power is lost under low light or shaded conditions.

    If you would like more information about a solar system using micro-inverters, please give us a call on 1300 BE SOLAR.

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  • QLD power price hikes to hit July 1

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    News has hit today that electricity prices in Queensland will increase by 22.6% from 1st July 2013. This will lift the average household's bill by more than $260 per year.

    The Queensland government had previously said this was an unacceptable increase, but this week announced that it won't be introducing an electricity rebate to offset the price hike.

    The Queensland Competition Authority boss Malcolm Roberts has stated that the price of electricity must reflect the cost of producing it, yet other commentators such as Nick Behrens, from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland, have said that too much is being spent on upgrading poles and wires, when the focus should be on reducing power bills.

    Queensland businesses and farmers are particularly alarmed, with canegrowers saying the growing cost of running irrigation is threatening the future of irrigated farming in Australia. Small businesses are also set to feel the pinch.

    With power prices continuing to rise, cushion the blow by switching to a solar power system covering part or all of your electricity needs. Chat to a Beacon Solar expert about solar power options for your home or business, or get an instant estimate today. 

    Read full articles on the price hikes here at Nine News Finance and The Age

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