Friday, February 22, 2013

Solar….

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We nave gone “SOLAR”…about 2 years ago our hot water system died so we installed solar hot water…that is the cylinder in the first photo….then a while back we decided to convert the rest of the house to solar..so here it is….we have always had ‘huge’ electricity bills, even with just the two of us in the house…we have an in ground pool and the cost of running that is not cheap…so fingers crossed we are hoping we can save a bit of money….so now we have 14 panels, 7 on two sides of the house plus the hot water solar panel……lets hope we have done the right thing…!!!!!

Happy Friday, take care, keep safe

Peg

23 comments:

  1. Well done Peg. I know about big power bills too. You will notice a big change I am sure.

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  2. i would be interested to know the outcome Peg as we have been thinking of doing it here.xx

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  3. I hope it pays off for you - though it will take a while - but the other upside is that at least you are helping the environment a bit. Keep us posted.

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  4. We also have always had big power bills and have been thinking of going the same way as you. Like Shez i will be very interested in how it works out for you. iether way i will be happy to pay for warmth in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and the privelege of the easier life that power gives us (I am way past being a pioneering type now!!.

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  5. We also have always had big power bills and have been thinking of going the same way as you. Like Shez i will be very interested in how it works out for you. iether way i will be happy to pay for warmth in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and the privelege of the easier life that power gives us (I am way past being a pioneering type now!!.

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  6. We also have always had big power bills and have been thinking of going the same way as you. Like Shez i will be very interested in how it works out for you. iether way i will be happy to pay for warmth in the winter, air conditioning in the summer, and the privelege of the easier life that power gives us (I am way past being a pioneering type now!!.

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  7. Think globally, act locally.....going solar is a great idea. I'm sure you will notice the benefits very quickly.

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  8. Of course you have! And you will be able to have your air conditioner chugging away as well.

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  9. We went solar (3.5kw system) last year, our first power bill - 2 months with the solar and 1 month without, was about $58, the next one should be lower still or maybe a credit. Don't forget it you are lucky enough to get a large credit the electricity companies won't give it back to you unless you ask for it.
    There is just the 2 of us in our household, no pool, but we use our evaporative aircon a bit when it is hot.

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  10. I too would be very interestd in whether your bills change dramatically or not,hope it does as it's only going to get dearer :) Barb.

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  11. We have had our "little" 1.44 solar system and solar hot water for over 3 years and have been happy even with what it produces. We do have more panels in our shed waiting to be added to it to make it about a 3 kW system. Because we both work from home power usage is reasonably high (basically household plus office - making a double premises) so any saving is helpful. Systems are a lot less expensive now than they were 2 or 3 years ago.

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  13. We have solar and it has been good reducing the bill but will take a few years to recoup the initial cost. We have also had it stop a couple of times and had to have it looked at. In the meantime, you lose that power.You need to keep an eye on the panel to make sure the green light is on so I try to check it regularly. I feel it is better to have it than not. Hugs.....

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  15. I looked into solar panels and I was told by an installer, "unless I stay at home most days, it would not be worth my while"... so I make sure I turn all unused power points off all the time.

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  16. Let us know how it works out....

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  19. We're the same Peg...3 of us and always bills of $800+ a quarter....we put solar panels on late last year...the first bill didn't show much difference...about $70 savings...hoping the next one shows a difference! we've just been informed they're putting power bills up 21.4% soon....grrrrr :/
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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment, I do enjoy reading them all...take care, keep safe, happy quilting .. Peg