In what is believed to be a Victor Harbor first, Sue and Craig Bastian have installed a solar battery pack at their home.
The couple has had solar panels on their house for four years but were still collecting large power bills when using electricity during the hours of darkness, and claimed they didn’t “get much back” through rebates when giving unused power back to the grid.
So these solar battery packs, build by sonnenBatterie, store their unused power, which they will be able to use during the night, and Mrs Bastian expected it to reduce their costs significantly.
“Our power bills were so expensive especially for two people,” she said.
“At night we will be able to use our own power instead of taking it ‘off the grid’.
“Hopefully we don’t have any more power bills.”
She said a government rebate of a few thousand dollars helped them make the decision to switch to the battery pack, which is about the height of a refrigerator.
“We read about (the batteries) in a newspaper. We got onto the battery before we knew about the subsidy,” she said.
“We had been um-ing and ah-ing about it, then when the subsidy came up we went for it,” she said.
Mrs Bastian wanted to raise awareness of the battery packs in the community to help others save money while using sustainable energy.
“You can get other people to link up and make a ‘bank’ so you can share power. If you go away for three months on holiday others can use the power you don’t use,” she said.