Household Renewable Energy and Natural Disasters

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Natural disasters seem to be an increasing part of life. Whether floods, cyclones, bushfires or earthquakes, our world is becoming a more unstable place.

The latest issue of ReNew magazine takes a comprehensive look at what to do before, after and during a natural disaster to protect a renewable energy system.

Solar panels, water tanks and wind turbines are just as vulnerable as other technology in the face of nature, but steps can be taken to keep them safe:

Solar panels

  • Turn off mains isolator in meter box
  • Turn off DC input to inverter

Water tanks

  • Choose a tank material suitable for your climate, like steel or concrete for bushfire-prone areas
  • Secure tanks as well as possible or use underground tanks

Small wind turbines

  • Shut down wind turbines if possible
  • Lower tilting tower systems to the ground if safe to do so

Battery-based power

  • Isolate battery bank
  • Turn off the inverter and disconnect any mains connection
Also in the latest issue of ReNew

Re-Use Your Television competition
Houses made from hemp
Double glazing buyers guide
Cubby houses go green