Commercial Solar on the Gold Coast: Everything you need to know

Building Tips

One of the first things I noticed when I moved to the Gold Coast area is that almost every third home has some type of solar panel. I soon found out that when living in one of Australia’s sunniest cities, turning to solar energy is an obvious choice, both from the financial and from the environmental point.

There are a few tips and insights that I would like to share with you concerning the commercial solar systems. First of all, you don’t need more than 100 square feet to install an effective solar panel system for your home. This means that you need roof space which is perfectly exposed to the sun: it should be angled right and must be out of shade for at least 4 hours of peak sun every day. Your roof should also be well maintained and easy to access.

When you are sure that your home can physically support the solar panels you need to choose the type of the panels that would suit you best. There are several different types of solar panels on the market and each should be researched before making the choice. The main issues to look into are the average cost per watt, energy per square feet, and of course the lifespan.

There are three types available: the monocrystalline, the polycrystalline, and the amorphous/thin-film solar panels. The mono panels are generally considered the most efficient (with an average of 15-20% efficiency), while the thin-film panels are considered to be the least efficient (typically in 5-8% range). The polycrystalline panels fall in between, both in terms of efficiency (12-15%) and expenses. They also have a higher lifespan and are easy to maintain.

Don’t forget to always ask for a professional opinion that will look into your situation and give you a concrete advise on everything you need.

If you are looking for a reliable solar company on the Gold Coast then I can only recommend the techs from www.fcsolar.com.au who are doing an outstanding job in both panel installations and repairs. Let me know how it goes!

Don’t Trust Any Solar Installer If They Tell You THIS

Building Tips

Solar paneling has since become very popular and thus calling in solar installers to do the job is priority. However with so many scammers giving not only cheap but low quality paneling, there are some that go ahead and even do installations the wrong way. To avoid such circumstances, here are clear examples of when not to trust a solar installer.

“Solar energy doesn’t need the sun but light”

When it comes to solar installers conning people into installing solar in their home, this is the line that is used most. However don’t trust any solar installer if they tell you this, for the simple reason that it is not true. This arises the suns energy is the most important thing when producing solar energy.

“With any solar panel you don’t need an additional source”

Another example of when not to trust a solar installer, is on using solar as the only source of electricity. This comes about as when the sun goes down or the panels are heavily shaded, some Solar PV Panels do not produce adequate electricity. In this case an additional source of energy is needed.

Solar panel“Solar saves you money regardless of where you are”

When it comes to looking at the installation costs, reality is that many hope that the returns come back and they will start saving from first day. However don’t trust any solar installer if they tell you this, because it entirely depends on the region you live in. If you live in snowy and mostly clouded places, solar panels will be of little or no use to use. In this case before you start actually seeing the savings you were meant go get from the first time, more than a few years will have passed.

“All solar panels are the same”

The reason there are branding on solar panels is because there are many counterfeits in the market. In this regard when your installer says that all panels are similar, don’t trust them. They most likely have substandard solar panels at a low price to make you purchase, only to be disappointed later.

How to Build a Stone Oven For a Kitchen

Construction Tutorials

Stone OvenA stone oven is an ideal tool for cooking vegetables, meats and certain breads. Once it has been constructed, it can be used to prepare these foods over and over again. Although a lot of work is involves, it is worth it as this kind of oven can be a useful addition to a kitchen. Below is a look at how to build a stone oven for your kitchen.

Stone ovens come in two types; those that are fired internally and those that are externally fired. For an indoors kitchen, it is better to build an internally-fired kitchen. It is usually constructed using very large stones capable of absorbing a lot of heat, holding the heat, and radiating it back for some time. Heating such type of oven can be done by simply building up the fire in it for about two hours. Setting up a tight pile of suitable stones with a hole at the center and a door can turn out to be an oven. All in all, it is always better to for a homeowner to get out his or her inner stone cutter in order to build a decent-looking oven.

To build a typical square-shaped oven, three walls are constructed using stone; with the gaps being filled with mud or clay. A single or several large, wide stones are placed on top to form the oven’s roof. Any gaps on top are caulked using clay. The homeowner should consider the oven door as he or she builds the walls and roof, and search for a stone that fits well in the oven’s opening.

Ovens that are fired internally should have an opening located on top at the oven’s back to act as a chimney when firing. As soon as the oven is built, it can be fired immediately. Building the fire inside with the oven’s door in place is recommended. The open door allows the fire in the oven to breathe.