Dear Beagle Editor I would like to inform Beagle readers of the work of SHASA to achieve a more resilient Eurobodalla through our efforts to encourage energy efficiency and the adoption of solar energy. I joined SHASA in September 2016. We meet regularly at the Vulcan St Cafe in Moruya. I have been involved with their Solar Bulk Buy, performing energy assessments and giving presentations on how to save energy in the home.

The members of SHASA identified solar bulk buy as a way to reduce the unit costs, ensure a quality product, certified local installers and good warranties. SHASA went out to tender in 2016 for solar panels for households and businesses. I assisted with the selection panel and with input from the ATA (Alternative Technology Association) we selected the Smart Energy Network.

The Smart Energy Network have quality panels, hybrid battery ready inverters and local installers. A 5kw system with a 10 year warranty on the inverter will cost approximately $7,000 for the value bundle (Chinese made panels) and $7,500 for the Aussie bundle (Australian made panels). Solax inverter is hybrid battery ready so you can easily install batteries.

To assist households with reducing their energy consumption by up to 40% I undertake SHASA energy assessments at a cost of $99. I provide a detailed report with photos as well as install door seals, weather seals, and water efficient shower heads. The big users of energy are heating and cooling, heating water and appliances. Key measures that I often identify to save energy include:

  • upgrading lighting to LEDs

  • replacing any fridges more than 10 years old with anew270-350 litre 3-4 green star one.

  • Installing door seals under doors with gaps

  • Installing weather seals on windows with gaps

  • Installing thermally back curtains with pelmets on all windows (performs like double glazing and much cheaper)

  • Installing external blinds on eastern and western windows

  • When replacing the washing machine buying a very efficient front loading washing machine

  • When replacing the TV buying a 28-32 inch 5 star LCD TV

  • Installing R5 insulation in the roof and R2.5 insulation under floor where you have elevated wood flooring

To find out more about SHASA's activities either email or contact our Chairperson Annette Kennewell on 0417203610. We are keen to have more members. Kathryn Maxwell

Above: Kathryn Maxwell at the SHASA stall, Bega Show 18 February 2017 promoting the Solar bulk buy and energy efficiency in the home.

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