THE cost savings from installing a 10-panel ZEN solar energy and hot water system was a key factor in Juan and Margaret Hooper’s decision to go solar in January.

”We’ve also become increasingly conscious of our own environmental footprint,” Juan says. ”Seeing the dollars saved for every kilowatt hour we produce in solar energy and the amount of carbon dioxide we’ve reduced is a real incentive to think smarter about our energy consumption at home.”

With the various state and federal rebates available, the Hoopers invested about $8000 of their own money at their Aldinga Beach, South Australia, home for about $20,000 worth of the latest solar technology.

While the first energy bill is yet to arrive, the benefits are expected to be hundreds of dollars each year.

”I am positive this will prove to be a smart investment and a key asset for our house should we ever wish to sell in the future,” Juan says.

The chief executive of ZEN Home Energy Systems, Richard Turner, says the average Australian home uses 20 kilowatt hours of power a day.

Different home systems, comprising solar panels and a control system, can be installed to offset part or all of your whole-home electricity usage, to either reduce your own power bill or feed significant amounts of power back into the electricity grid for which you get paid, he says.

source: theage