Solar to Reduce your Power Bills
Add a solar system to your house to take control of your electricity bills.
Over 3 million Australian households now have solar energy. Why? Because it allows them to take control of their power bills, which are up there as some of the most expensive in the world!
Increasingly, Australians are producing and storing their own power with their own solar panels and solar batteries.
Taking control away from the big power companies. How good is that?!
Energy experts now believe the majority of homes and businesses will have solar and battery installed by 2030!
Are you missing out? Let’s have a look…
How much will it save me?
Let’s say you pay 36 cents per kWh and your solar power system generates one kWh to offset that. You’ve just saved 36 cents.
That means in 1 day, based on average household electricity usage (taking a very rough average), you’ve saved $12.
This means, in 1 year you’ve saved 4514kWh, which is $1652.04!
BUT, that assumes you use all the energy your solar system produces. What if you’re out during the day?
Some states offer you money to buy the electricity your system produces. Contact a local solar installer to get an estimate tailored to you.
And what about at night? Read about batteries below.
So if the average solar system costs around $6500, how long does it take to pay it off?
Here are some payback calculation examples for a 6.6kW system. They’re taken from a Solar Quotes calculator using its default settings.
Sydney: 3 years, 8 months
Brisbane: 4 years, 4 months
Canberra: 3 years, 11 months
Perth: 5 years, 11 months
Melbourne with VIC rebate: 3 years, 10 months
Melbourne without VIC rebate: 4 years, 9 months
Adelaide: 4 years, 1 month
Darwin: 4 years, 10 months
Hobart: 5 years, 9 months
Once your system pays itself off, you’re saving thousands of $$ each year.
That’s why over 3 million Australian households have solar.
Find out more here.
What about at night? Should I buy a battery?
Solar + battery = 24 hour power!
However, batteries are still expensive (although prices are falling rapidly), so it depends when you use your energy.
If for example you work from home and use a lot of energy during daylight hours, you can use all the energy your system produces. This means your payback period on your solar system will be good but it will take longer to pay back the cost of the battery.
Batteries are around $9-10k installed and some states have rebates.
If you mostly use power at night on the other hand, you should look into batteries as well.
Depending on your energy use, batteries can make your home totally self-sufficient – no more power bills!
See here for a trusted guide on everything you need to know about solar batteries.