Salute to power of the sun

Some of your readers may recall that I wrote to you (Echo letters, Mar 4) about the cost reductions I had achieved in my electricity account following the installation of a 1kwh solar energy power generating system. Now, like many of your readers, I have just received my electricity account for the last quarter.

This account is the first received since adding a solar hot water unit to complement the other equipment so that now real comparisons can be made between this and previous accounts.

Our corresponding electricity account for 2009 was $204.69 with greenhouse emissions of 1.33 tonnes. Today’s account is a mere $23.42 and emissions down to 0.54 tonnes. Yes, a reduction of $181.27 in my energy costs for the quarter and $75.14 less than my February account!

A significant part of the savings made derives from the payment, by the energy provider, of 60 cents per kwh for all power produced, averaging 3.77 per day for the period or $238.80. However, from this, a deduction of 19.62 cents per kwh of power consumed has to be made. A NSW Government Energy Rebate of $32.06 was also received.

I recognise that as a retired couple our energy usage would not be as great as many other households even though we operate an air conditioner as required, have a large digital HD television set, a computer and other normal household appliances.

None-the-less the savings are very substantial and in my view fully justify the financial outlays incurred in installing this equipment.

John W. Moye

Alstonville


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