Do you wanting to switch to solar but don’t know where to start? Are you wondering if Solar power will even save you enough money to justify the initial costs?
Electricity prices are rising quickly in Australia, so switching to a solar system, particularly when you live in South East Queensland is going to result in big savings for your household. If you’re thinking of going solar, the first thing you need to consider is how much electricity your household actually uses.
For Example: One Australian household uses 20kWh per day, which equals a 5kW system for this family to cover their electricity costs.
If you are wondering the easiest way to determine your costs, you can get into contact with a qualified electrician to get an energy monitor to get the most accurate reading or you can average your costs out per day with your previous electricity bills. Generally, most energy providers show your total kWh at the end of your bill.
Once you have determined how much electricity you are using, you can now determine what sized solar system will be best for your family.
1kW of Solar Panels generates 4kWh of electricity for your home.
One of the most important things to consider at this point is how many days you actually go over the average, for example, you might have some days in Summer when the pool pump runs all day and you keep the air conditioning system on, this may result in an average consumption of 35kWh.
It’s much more cost effective to be using the power that your system generates yourself, rather than feeding it back into the system, so ensuring you are covering all of your potential energy needs is going to result in a more cost effective system.
Finally, the last thing to consider when deciding what sized solar system will be best for your family is the limitations on how many kilowatt-hours of feed-in tariffs you can recieve. The electricity providers do differ in their rates with AGL up to 20c Per Kilowat hour.
For Example: Your solar system produces 24KWh per day and your family only uses 18KWh per day. You can expect to receive up to $1.20 Credit per day from your energy provider.
It is only a small amount to be receiving, however, with the skyrocketing electricity costs in South East Queensland, switching to solar is going to save you and your family money.