Summer is here! Keeping cool during the long stretch of hot and sunny days could lead to a spike in your energy usage.
Here are five easy swaps to try out this summer to make your home more energy efficient and help save you money too.
The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is one of the greatest engineering feats of all time. It's also one of the most expensive to run, clocking up around $23.5 million in electricity costs annually as it accelerates protons close to the speed of light.
Geothermal energy is nothing new, but new science suggest we may be able to tap the energy from molten rock itself even deeper in the crust. Most geothermal energy is produced by drilling into hot rocks, circulating water and harnessing the steam, but this new technology aims to capture ‘dry steam’ at 400ºC which could produce enough energy to power 30,000 homes. Typical geothermal installations produce around 5 times less energy.
Short answer: no. Solar panels are installed in all climates around the world. It is common to think that solar panels are best suited to hot sunny climates (like Australia), but solar panels can actually perform better in cooler temperatures.
Just like solar power is popping up on roofs all across Australia, there is also the option to have a mini-wind turbine too. Australia is known as a sunny country, that’s why solar is so prevalent. But in windy countries or regions, it might be feasible to satisfy your energy needs from wind power.