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Solar panel systems are getting more popular in the Brisbane area. Solar panels are affordable, better for the Earth and they make society less dependent on traditional sources of energy. But don’t forget that these systems need regular care. Are you unsure about cleaning them? Cleaning too often wastes money but not doing it often enough could reduce efficiency. Fortunately there are professional solar panel cleaners in Brisbane who know what to do and here are three reasons why you should hire an expert to clean your solar panels with proficiency and care:

1. Clean at the right time
Certain seasons cause more dirt to be deposited, but that’s not the only way to judge when to do a cleaning. Brisbane solar panel cleaning experts will know when your panels need to be cleaned so the system works efficiently. Avoid cleaning too often, as that simply wastes money.

2. No one wants to create further repair jobs
Panels that are properly maintained won’t have to be fixed. Avoid having a layperson try to do the cleaning because the system is made up of delicate parts that could be damaged. Solar panel experts know how to handle the job and you won’t have to worry about repair costs.

3. Safety comes first
Cleaning the panels means using a ladder and working on the roof. Since that can be very dangerous if not done correctly, you must hire a professional who has been trained to do the work.
If taken care of properly, solar panels don’t need to be worked on that often to provide energy for your home. Don’t forget to get cleanings done on a regular basis.
Solar panel owners rely on Solar Service Guys for efficient, reliable and professional standard solar cleaning for Brisbane homes.



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Shining New Lights on Solar Energy

Feb-17-2015 By Barbara Zak
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Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, scientists and researchers have spent a great deal of time and money looking for alternatives to fossil fuels. Additionally, a host of environmentalist groups have demanded these alternatives be eco-sensitive, serving as clean and renewable energy sources.

To many, solar power is one of the most desirable of all energy sources. The sun shines and strikes Earth whether its energy is used or not, so simply capturing its potential doesn’t add any environmental burden. Moreover, there are ways to use solar energy that prevent any harmful emissions or other environmental issues.

The core focus on using solar energy was initially on the solar, or photovoltaic, cell. Developed for use in space vehicles, the solar cell was adapted quickly to solar panels for use in the home and other applications. The solar panels installed on the roofs of homes are simply arrays of hundreds of these solar cells, and they create a flow of direct current. This electricity is then sent through an inverter, and it enters the home as regular AC electricity. The entire process serves to eliminate the use of electricity generated by the utilities, such as Columbia Utilities and other local utilities throughout the nation.

Increasing Efficiency

The main drawback to the growth in the use of solar energy is the initial cost of installation and ongoing upkeep of the systems. The goal is to have systems that generate a rapid payback and provide ongoing savings by providing sufficient energy in the home or other applications.
The focus on research to achieve this objective is on two areas. First, scientists are trying to improve the efficiency of the solar cell itself. The degree to which the cell converts the energy in the sun’s rays is the measure of its efficiency. While that rate has increased from roughly eight 8 percent in the first cells to 18 to 20 percent today, there are experimental cells that achieve a 40 percent efficiency rating. The more efficient a cell, the fewer needed to provide the desired level of electricity, and the cheaper a total installation.

The second focus of those who wish to see more use of solar energy in the home is on the way the cells and panels are used. Since more than 50 percent of the cost of an initial installation is related to costs other than the cells themselves, this is where a lot of the savings are coming. New approaches such as thin-cell panels and flexible cells allow a different way to use solar in the home. These products can be incorporated into roofing materials and easily installed, producing significant savings.

As science continues to make solar power more affordable and efficient, it will become even more popular as a source of energy for homeowners.


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Simple Ways to Lower Your Energy Costs

Oct-11-2014 By Barbara Zak
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The cost of energy has been steadily increasing and showing no signs of relief any time soon. We asked the electricians at Ruby Electrical to share some ideas about ways to lower energy costs. Specializing in energy efficient lighting, Ruby Electrical offers these tips to lowering energy costs by making changes to lighting.


English: Energy efficient LED lights strung in...

English: Energy efficient LED lights strung into a holiday decoration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Choose an energy efficient product. Sometimes choosing a more energy efficient light source is the easiest way to lower your costs. Whether you are light your home or your office space, changing your current lighting to LED lighting can save you more. Unlike incandescent or halogen lighting, LED lights shine bright without burning too hot. Additionally, the same amount of LED light can be produced using less energy than other inefficient types of lighting, which means lower costs for you.

2. Use timers to control when lights turn on or off. Another great way to save money on your energy bill is to use timed lights. Let your daily routine determine your lighting needs. With timed lighting, you don’t have to worry about whether you turned the lights off before leaving the house ever again. Simply set the timer to turn off the lights 5 minutes after you leave. You can also set up the timer to automatically turn on outdoor lighting at night and shut them off in the morning. Adding timers to your office lights allow you to control when the lights of your business are on and off. Set the timer to turn on lights 10 minutes before you open and shut off 10 minutes after closing. You have enough to worry about without having to think about your lighting. Automating your lighting needs will take a load off your mind and keep more money in your bank account.


3. Use motion sensor lighting. Consider how often lights are left on when no one is using the space. Avoid wasting energy unnecessarily and switch to motion sensor lighting. Motion sensor lights turn on only when movement is detecting, so as long as someone is not sitting perfectly still in a room, the lights will remain on. When someone leaves the room, the lights will automatically shut off if no movement is detected after a predetermined amount of time. Motion sensor lighting is especially useful in an office setting when you or your colleagues frequently leave an office light on because you are expecting to be back right away. With motion sensor lighting, if your short trip to break room ends up taking longer than you expected, the lights will shut off before you waste too much valuable energy.

If any of these solutions seem like something you would like to try in your home or office, contact an electrician for a consultation. Ruby Electrical serves the Gold Coast areas of Coolangatta, Robina, and Tweed Heads. Whether you need to shop fittings on the Gold Coast for your home or schedule an office fit out for your business, the professional electricians are available to help you find the right products and styles to fit your needs and lifestyle. Visit rubyelectrical.com.au for more information and to schedule your consultation.

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