Running on sunshine
Solar panels are becoming a familiar sight in Australian towns and cities as more families and businesses use clean energy to benefit the environment and their budgets. Some people are put off by the start-up costs of solar panels and unsure about how to install and maintain them, but solar power is an efficient green energy source and long-term money saver that is well worth the investment.
Before you begin researching solar power options for your home, you should consider the following questions:
How much power do I need?
The type and amount of solar panels you’ll need depends on your home’s energy consumption. Check your last few electricity bills to determine your home’s average consumption so you have an idea of your requirements.
How much do I want to spend?
Solar panel systems can vary in price from about $4000 to $32, 000. The price of setting up your solar power system depends on a range of factors including your home’s location, roof height, and type of roofing, as well as the number, type, and orientation of the panels. You should also factor in contractor site preparation fees. Don’t forget to research any rebates or support schemes you may be eligible for.
How much will I save?
According to the Victorian Government a typical solar panel system can provide you with a third of your daily electricity. Theoretically, solar power could offset your entire electricity bill depending on the size and type of system you install. It’s also possible to earn credit from your electricity distributor if your system produces surplus electricity and they purchase it from you.
Once you’ve done your research and thought about your home’s specific needs and budgets, contact the Clean Energy Council to find an accredited installer or DIY installation information and resources. Once it’s up and running, the environmental and financial benefits of solar power will have you beaming.
Have you considered solar powering your home?