Solar Power and the Stay at Home Parent


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If you’re a stay at home Mum or Dad, then putting a solar power system on your roof is a GREAT investment.

Here are the reasons why:

When one or both parents are at home with the children, the power bills definitely go up.

That’s no surprise to you, we would imagine.

Whether you have the TV &/or computer on, you’re cooking with an electric stove &/or oven and are operating appliances around the home (washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, vacuum cleaner, etc.) or even running the air conditioning or heating, your power consumption rate has definitely risen. And having lights on around the house will also increases your costs.

If your bills have gone up enough, you might have tried using less power by switching most of your lights off &/or keeping the TV, computer and aircon use to a minimum, but let’s be honest – that’s not a lot of fun AND kids don’t always understand why you’re doing this and end up getting occasionally agitated with you.

So, What’s The Alternative?

There’s really only one solid, reliable, proven alternative and that is to add a solar power system to your house.

Obviously solar power only works during the day, when the sun is shining, so it’s perfect for at-home parents with bigger power bills.

If you put a 5 kW solar power system (for example) on your roof, it could be generating anywhere from 17.5 – 25 kWh of electricity per day.

If you had to purchase that amount of electricity (17.5 – 25 kWh) from the grid at an (estimated) rate of 24 cents per kWh, that would add anywhere from $126 to $180 per month on your power bill, which adds approximately $1,512 to $2,160 EXTRA to your power bill each year!

With a solar power system, you could offset some of that additional cost and reduce your electric bills thanks to solar.

With the price of solar down about 80% in the last 5 years, it’s also a heck of a lot more affordable now than it’s ever been before. And the savings from using solar would help pay your system off a lot faster than a household with parents not home during the normal working day, because you are able to use more of the power from your solar system.

So, What’s Involved In Getting Solar?

If you don’t yet has solar, why not find out whether the numbers work out in your favour by getting 3 free quotes from local installers.

Our service will connect you with 3 local installers who can prepare no-obligation quotes for you to install solar power on your home.

Just complete the simple form below and get your quotes started.


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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.

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