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These days we hear a lot about reducing our carbon footprint. But what does that actually mean? And how can you, as an individual, make a real difference?

‘Carbon footprint’ is simply a metaphor that’s used for how much impact a particular activity, lifestyle, business activity or even country has on the environment. As a responsible homeowner, it’s important that you are aware of your energy consumption, and that you’re doing everything you can to maintain an efficient and environmentally friendly home.

Welcome the age of solar panels! This renewable energy source combined with home automation is the key to unlocking your cleaner, greener future.

Nobody charges you for the sunlight that shines on your solar panels, so why not make the most of this free energy and use it to its maximum advantage? With a home energy efficiency system you can use your smart device to monitor exactly how much power your solar panels are producing at different times of the day. You can track the highs and lows in your daily energy usage, and then use high consumption appliances when the solar panels are at their peak.

To reduce your environmental impact, you need to able to see exactly what’s going on in every part of your home, all the time. And the only way to effectively do this is with a totally integrated home efficiency system. Using your laptop, iPad or smartphone you can now log in and monitor your energy usage at any time of day, from anywhere in the world. With the touch of a screen, you adjust your climate control, lighting and even turn off appliances that have been left on inadvertently. It’s easy, it’s convenient and it’s the only responsible thing to do.

Have you ever heard the term ‘phantom energy’? This is the name given to power that is used by appliances that are in ‘energy friendly’ mode or even turned off. And it can add up to a significant portion of your monthly electricity bill too! Using your smart device you can now see how much power these appliances are drawing, and negate them without having to unplug anything! You’ll save yourself a humble dollar or two, as well as caring for our environment.

As we become more aware of how our activities impact on our environment, the need for clean energy becomes obvious. Solar panels are an excellent way of saving you money as well as contributing to a better future. And the good news is, they can be retrofitted to your home at any time.

The team at McCormick Concepts understand the benefits of solar energy and the need for monitoring power consumption. We’re here to help you create a cleaner, greener future and reduce your carbon footprint. Call us today on 1300 795 469 and let’s get started! Together we can make a real difference.