Save power and money

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

so­lar might seem a bit ex­treme with costs of up to $ 4000 to make the change over.

But the Cli­mateS­mart Home Ser­vice is still avail­able to res­i­dents and it can help you save u p t o $ 3 2 5 o n y o u r an­nual power bill.

The Home Ser­vice costs $ 50 and for that an elec­tri­cian will come to your home and in­stall a de­vice, called a wire­less power mon­i­tor, up to 15 p o w e r - s a v i n g l i g h t globes where suit­able and a wa­ter and en­ergy efficient shower head.

The ser­vice takes less than an hour and you can book an ap­point­ment at a time that suits you.

Queens­land premier Anna Bligh has said if we do not start to con­trol g r e e n h o u s e g a s

ad­mit

I p e t o f i nf o r ma­tion I learned was that even when we were not home, we were spend­ing 15 cents an hour ev­ery day.

So over a week, or 168 hours we were spend­ing $ 25.20 for no good rea­son.

One Townsville se­nior cit­i­zen I spoke to rec e nt l y c o nvert e d hi s h o u s e w i t h 1 6 pho­to­voltaic so­lar pan­els which now power his en­tire house.

He said the in­stal­la­tion was $ 17,000 but af­ter in­cen­tives and gov­ern­ment re­bates it ac­tu­ally cost around $ 12,000.

H e e s t i m a t e d t h e in­stal­la­tion would have paid for it­self within five to seven years.

So, in­stead of hav­ing a $ 500 quar­terly elec­tric­ity bill, the cost is now neg­li­gi­ble.

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