August 3

Why Solar Systems on the Gold Coast are even effective during winter

A common misconception about solar panels is the notion that they are only effective during the summer months. Of course, it is easy to see why people think this: the sun is strongest and feels hottest in summer, whilst the heat and glare of the sun get much weaker in winter. So it makes sense to believe that solar panels will only be effective in summer. However, you will be delighted to hear that on the Gold Coast, solar panels work perfectly during the winter months, too. How can this be? Read on to find out why Gold Coast Solar Systems are even effective during winter.

Energy not heat

Photovoltaic solar panels use the sun’s energy rather than its heat to generate electricity. And so, it does not matter if winter days are cooler – as long as the sky is relatively clear (i.e. there are no clouds blocking the air between the sun and your solar panels) and your panels are in a good position to pick up the sun’s rays, Gold Coast solar panels remain effective during the winter. Gold Coast winters are typically warm, bright and clear anyway, though, so you can rest assured that – though they may not work at the optimum level that they do in the fiery heat of the summer – your solar systems will still work in the winter.

Energy storage

In addition, you can consider getting a solar system that stores energy. That way, during the summer months (when we use less electricity for heating, lighting and so on) you can store all of that surplus energy inside your solar system. Then, when winter hits, it will not matter if you experience a run of cloudy days as you can simply use the surplus energy that you have stored within your solar system over the summer to keep you solar powered all through the winter.

Make sure to watch the video below for more info on using solar power during the cold season:

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February 12

About construction in our garden

Considering the versatility of what we can learn from children about construction in our garden over time, you should endeavor to refurbish it less specifically, so that not to be obliged to do it again when you decide to use it differently. Well, you may be more particular when it comes to refurbishing your kitchen and shower room, supposedly maintaining their use as such. But even in this case, you can’t ignore the need for consistency with the main room, in relation to style or color scheme.

As concerns the kitchen, both for the sake of its cleanness and aesthetic look, you could tile it in marble, especially in some shades not far from white, such as latte, milky, creamy or honey nuances that could match almost any color you’ll settle for in the main room. If you use also unpolished tiles, they will look both natural and neutral, exactly the combination you need.

Concerning the shower room, this will be for sure a separate room and, as such, your refurbishment scope will be wider, both in terms of color and material. Still, you couldn’t allow strong contrasts, spoiling the overall harmony of your garden building; for example, there is no way a shower room tiled with vivid red travertine could match a main room in a minimalist style and subdued colors. But marble tiles in pastels and simple patterns would look warm and be likely to fit both the style and color palette of the main room.

Regarding the latter, if you mean it to serve as a dining room or garden office, then a formal, easy to clean floor would be fitting; therefore, natural stone would be a sensible choice. But if, on the contrary, you consider some living functions such as summerhouse, guest room or children room, then the more casual and warmer laminated timber floor would be superior. As to the walls, considering the same versatility of your garden construction, keep them better painted in light shades, to be sure to fit not only future color schemes imposed by different uses, but also whatever furniture items and accessories you may bring in here over time.

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