Diamond Creek family install rooftop solar through the Solar Savers program.

When Nillumbik family of four considered installing solar 4-5 years ago, the technology available meant that shading caused by the beautiful surrounding trees would significantly decrease the productivity of their panels. Also, at that time, the family weren’t often home during the daytime, and so for them, the benefits didn’t stack up. Fast forward 5 years, mum and dad now work a few days per week from home and new technology means that some shading won’t impact the productivity of their whole system.

“Environmental concerns, wanting to impact our footprint, also wanting to save money” were the main reasons this family wanted to install solar. They are currently waiting for their first electricity bill since installing in February, however, based on predictions that they will be saving approximately $1,000 on electricity bills per year, “it makes perfect sense”.  Solar Savers will be doing a before and after comparison of their bills soon, so stay tuned! When reflecting on their experience with Solar Savers, the family commented that “It was good to go through something that you could tell was approved, and councils had given it their stamp of approval”. When doing their own research on the products used by eko energy, they found that “all the warranties were legit[imate], better than what I was reading was the bare minimum of what you should expect. When they ticked all those boxes, I was like yes, it’s a good deal.”

Diamond Creek home with recently installed rooftop solar. Homeowner explained, “It was good to go through something that you could tell was approved, and councils had given it their stamp of approval as well. I feel like I was safely handed over to the installers, eko energy.”

Banyule home installs solar to reduce carbon footprint and lower utility bills.

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Some of Banyule resident Emily’s new solar panels. She shared with us the benefits of installing through the council backed Solar Savers program, “That was huge for us, that we could call, if we had any issues, we could call council. We knew we had that extra weight behind us if something went wrong. So that was really good.”

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Emily from Banyule, who had rooftop solar installed on her home through the Solar Savers program in April.  When asked why they decided to install solar, Emily explained that “from an environmental perspective, we’ve been interested for many years … the two main reasons were environmental but also financial.”  In an effort to further reduce their utility bills, the Ivanhoe family have also installed thermal curtains in their living areas and retrofitted their weatherboard home with new insulation.  

Emily shared that her and her husband had spent some time researching different energy saving options, and that when it came to solar “there’s lots of advertising that goes around … I was getting confused and, my husband and I, we were weren’t sure who to go with.” After reading about Solar Savers in the Banyule Banner, Emily attended a council run information session: “it answered all my questions, it was great to talk to a third party, that was independent of the people who are trying to get our money. Independent advice and it’s from the council so its credible and that was really reassuring.”

Now a couple of months in the future, Emily explains how she has changed small aspects of her daily life, to make the most out of their solar: “we’ve changed the time of when we put things on … from the data that we’ve seen, were generating fairly good amounts from 11:00 am onwards, so I’m trying to put the dishwasher on around lunch time and the washing machine a little bit later as well.” Emily also mentioned that she has started cooking more with her slow cooker, “it runs off electricity, so I do the cooking during the day, it means I’m not using the gas at night”, although she’s not sure how long this new cooking style will last!

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