We all know renewable energy is the way forward. And if you want to do your bit for the environment as well as your wallet, talking to AGL about installing solar could be the answer, because of many benefits.
How does solar energy work?
Solar panels, also known as photovoltaic panels (PV panels), convert sunlight into energy. This energy is then converted into electricity using an inverter. The electricity either powers your home energy needs or can be fed back into the grid.
How solar can reduce your energy bills
Installing solar energy can help reduce your energy bills in two key ways:
You’re generating power yourself, therefore you’re reducing the amount of power you need to buy off the grid.
You could be entitled to a tariff for any excess power you sell back to the grid.
The key environmental benefits of solar
AGL uses solar panels which are high quality, efficient and long lasting.
Any energy used to manufacture or install the system is typically paid back many times over with the energy it produces over its lifetime.
And, once installed, solar energy does not produce any greenhouse gas emissions.
The costs of solar energy
There is an initial outlay to install solar energy (either electricity or hot water). However, you may find these establishment costs are covered by the savings you make over time in energy costs.
If you pay for the solar system upfront, you can start saving immediately. If you don’t have the finances to pay upfront, AGL offers flexible finance to make it easier to enjoy solar.
And, depending on where you live, if you feed excess electricity back into the grid you could be entitled to a credit.
There are also government incentives available for installing renewable energy like solar, including the Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES).
AGL is Australia’s largest non-government owner and operator of renewable energy assets. And when it comes to solar energy we don’t believe one size fits all. We provide expert advice and tailor solar solutions specifically for you that take into account your particular property, energy usage and your budget.
Visit our solar energy page to find out how we can tailor a solar solution for your property or to enquire about a free quote. Or, you can always call us on 1300 377 118.
Future Forests offsets 100% of your household electricity carbon emissions. This is calculated using your household's actual electricity usage and the carbon intensity of electricity generation in your State. These figures are provided by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and is usually updated on an annual basis. Visit the Department of Environment and Energy to learn more.
First, we check how much electricity you’ve used at home. With this data, we can calculate the carbon emissions generated from your usage using official estimates from the Australian Government Department of the Environment.
We can then purchase the equivalent number of carbon credits or offsets from our suppliers, representing the removal of that amount of carbon from the atmosphere. Visit the Department of Environment and Energy to learn more about carbon calculations for your state.
According to the Australian Energy Regulator, 87% of Australia’s electricity is produced using fossil fuels, and it’s been proven that generating energy this way adds carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
Global warming is the earth’s average temperature increasing due to the effect of greenhouse gases, and it can lead to changes to our climate and environments. While global warming is caused by a number of factors, a main contributor is human beings burning fossil fuels to produce energy.
Future Forests is independently audited each year with the results published as part of AGL's annual Sustainability Report as well as a standalone Future Forest Program Annual Report. 100% of customer contributions go toward purchasing carbon offset credits.
By adding a Green Choice™ option to your electricity plan, we will source the equivalent to a portion (10%, 20% or 100%) of your household's electricity usage from renewable energy sources. Future Forests offsets the carbon emissions associated with your household's electricity usage through Australian Carbon Credit Units.
The cost of Green Choice™ can vary depending on the amount of electricity you use. With Future Forests, you just pay $1 (GST incl.) a week, whatever your energy usage. You can choose to get one, or both, for your home.
Australia still generates a large amount of its energy from fossil fuels.
Through Future Forests, AGL wants to make it possible for our customers to offset these emissions in an affordable and easy way using Australian based offset projects. Future Forests is a great way to do this because AGL doesn’t profit from the contributions and will cover the emissions from all of your home’s electricity usage for only $1 (GST incl.) a week.