Installing solar has proven to be a great method for households to reduce their electricity bills and overall electricity usage. Thanks to Government incentives and falling costs, the payback times for solar systems and batteries is far less than it used to be and has become popular throughout Australia. Don’t let your bills get out of control, you can stop bill shock by investing in solar to take control of your energy usage.

How solar saves you money

Rooftop solar systems produce electricity during the day when the sun is shining. The amount of electricity produced will vary depending on your system size, which is determined by the number of solar panels installed. By producing electricity during the day to be used throughout the home, households can decrease the amount of electricity they need to draw from the grid and in turn reduce their bills. For excess energy produced system owners can also receive a feed in tariff for payment for their solar.

Making the most of your solar

Rooftop solar systems will often still save owners money without any usage changes, however, to see the best results it can help to change some basic consumption habits. This includes using large appliances like dishwashers and washing machines during the day so that they utilise the produced solar power. If no one is home during the day to start these appliances many can be set on timers to ensure they start their cycles at the desired time.

Incentives

Both the Federal and State Governments offer incentives for homeowners and small business owners to invest in solar. The Federal Government is still offering small-scale technology certificates to homeowners based on the amount of electricity the system creates or displaces. The amount of STC’s you’re eligible to receive depends on where you live, installation date and amount of electricity the installed system is expected to generate.

State Government rebates and incentives

In combination with STC’s you may also be eligible for a State Government benefit depending on your state. For example, in Victoria eligible applicants can apply for a rebate of up to $1,888 off the purchase of a rooftop solar system. While residents in South Australia can apply for a subsidy of up to $6,000 off the purchase of a solar battery to help make the switch to solar more affordable.

To learn how you can stop bill shock and whether you can access any rebates or subsidies call Sunbank Solar Batteries on 1300 28 29 30