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How much money can I save with solar?

In September 2019, Charlotte & Tom who were looking to get a solar system put on their Perth home, contacted us for some information. They chose Termico Solar Generation for their install and Charlotte has been kind enough to share with us their solar journey so far.

Thanks for sharing Charlotte and happy reading to you all!

Are solar panels really worth it?

Like thousands of Australian’s I contemplated over whether or not to put a solar system on my home. While I knew it was no brainer solar WOULD save us money I stayed on the fence, as I wasn’t sure that the savings would be worth the initial system cost.

I finally bit the bullet back in September 2019 and wanted to share my experience for those of you still contemplating whether to go solar or not!

So a bit about me & my home……
I live in a 4x2 located in Yanchep, just north of Perth. It is just me, my husband Tom and our 2 dogs at home. Both Tom and I work full time, though I do work from home 2 days a week.  We do have a swimming pool but apart from that, I would say we run a fairly standard household in terms of the electrical appliances we use.

Life before & after Solar
Before we installed solar power to our home our bills over 12 months averaged out at approximately $419 across the 60-65 day synergy billing cycle. I have always been energy conscious, so to keep our bills down I would only run the aircon on very hot days, and tried to limit power usage where possible.

Towards the end of September last year, we contacted Termico Solar Generation to discuss solar options for our home. We decided to take advantage of their special at the time and signed up for a 6.6kW Solar System. Note while we could have gone with a smaller system we decided we wanted to go with the larger system to ‘future proof’ ourselves.

Termico Solar Generation were fantastic, they talked us through our options, applied for all the approvals we needed and kept us updated. Install took place less than 2 weeks from us signing the contract. On install day they arrived on time and the guys that did the install were friendly and very professional. I could not fault them; the team was great and a pleasure to deal with!

Since having our solar system installed I have made a few tweaks to my daily routine so that I am using appliances where possible when the suns up. However, my aircon is no longer reserved for the 40 plus days and am enjoying using it whenever I want to without dreading a massive power bill.

In December, I received my first bill since going solar and was amazed by how much we had saved. Our normal $419 bill was reduced to just $82.30 a saving of $336.70! This was even with us running the aircon at night over a string of hot days!!

As mentioned previously both me and my husband are out the house the majority of the time and  I assumed the majority of our energy was being used in the evenings. Therefore, while I was expecting to save I was not expecting to save so much.

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Obviously we are still in the early days of solar but I will be sure to keep you all updated. Until then check out some hints and tips of making the most from your solar system!

Blog written by Charlotte Smith - Perth, Western Australia

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