Solar power saves hundreds of dollars for single mum
ELECTRICITY bills of zero are the massive spin-off Thagoona's Larrissa Williams has experienced after installing solar panels on her roof.
Instead of bills of $1000 a quarter, she now pays nothing.
Ms Williams is one of an increasing number of Ipswich residents moving to solar power.
She started off with a three-kilowatt system with 11 panels that cost $3000, which she has paid off in instalments.
Now she has added to that and has 21 panels.
New data, released by Solar Citizens, shows 5335 Ipswich households have installed solar panels for producing power, making them the sixth biggest solar adopters in the country.
Ms Williams is hooked.
"My bills were way up to around $1000 a quarter to start off with but, just installing a small system, my bills came down to $120," she said.
"I've added to the system and now I get massive credits of between $150 to $250, depending on the season, and my bills have come down to zero.
"People say it is all right if you have the money, but I was a single mum with nothing working two jobs.
"I went to Ipswich Solar and paid $3000 to get it installed. I paid off the system at less than $100 a month. The repayments were very affordable.
"I saw savings straight away. I saved $800 with my first bill, and now I don't pay anything. It is awesome. I'd really recommend it.
"It is going to add value to your home. It is an investment and makes the future greener. Food, petrol, water and rates have all gone up, but it is one less thing I have got to worry about."
Ms Williams said Ipswich Solar was wonderful to deal with and she had pointed about 20 friends in their direction.
She said she was initially sceptical of solar power, but was now convinced that it made economic sense.
"I was dubious at the start and worried that I could spend all this money and it would not do anything," she said.
"I had all those concerns that everybody else does. But it has worked. It is really good."
- 5335 Ipswich households have installed solar panels.
- Ipswich now the sixth biggest solar adopters in Australia.
- Residents report quarterly power bills of zero.