Solar power simply adds up

Colin Fall had solar panels installed.
Colin Fall had solar panels installed. Brett Mc Waters GLAFALL

LIKE others from his generation, Colin Fall was raised in a culture where pointless consumption was avoided.

His parents once lived on 60 pounds for an entire year, and when he was eight years old, his grandfather taught him how to use a rifle, telling him hunting rabbits would put food on the table.

For Mr Fall, money should not be thrown away.

So it is no surprise when he investigated solar power for his home the dollars made sense.

While he recognises the environmental benefits, the clincher for him was the long-term financial rewards for investing in solar.

He had his 3-kilowatt system installed 18 months ago by Sunworx, a local installer.

"I got quotes from a few companies and looked at how much (the system) puts out and how much I'm using here," he said.

Mr Fall is now putting more electricity back into the grid than he is actually consuming, so he is making money out of Ergon Energy.

Sunworx owner Stewart Watson said solar panels in this region needed to be mounted on suitable cyclone-proof brackets, and raised 10cm above the roof to allow ventilation.


SAVING energy

When you don't need them, switch off your plasma television, lights, water pumps and air-conditioners

Consider installing solar panels, or solar hot water

Replace your old light bulbs with new, energy efficient bulbs

Install batts in your roof


Colin's savers

Colin Fall replaced his electric stove with a gas one, which costs about $28 every two months to run.

He got rid of the electric kettle and boils a kettle on the gas stove, which he estimates saves about $100 a quarter.

He also replaced all his old light bulbs with new, efficient bulbs. 

Topics:  electricity solar power

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