What Kind of Solar System Is Best For Your Family?

What Kind of Solar System
There are many different kinds of solar families. Whether you’re looking to save the world or boost your budget – what kind of solar system can make your dream a reality?

There are a lot of reasons to go solar. Maybe you’re tired of sinking so much money into inflated bills from big power companies. You might want to do your part in the fight against climate change. Hell, maybe you just want to relax in your hot tub without stressing over your next power bill!

Whatever dreams you have for solar power, ShineHub has a system that can help you achieve them. If bills are your issue, you could zero them out altogether or even send them into credit. If you’re longing for a smaller carbon footprint, we can help take your grid energy usage down to next to nothing and even reduce the impact of the grid on everyone else. And if you want to live in the lap of luxury… well, we can help with that too!

The trick is knowing what you want, and then making sure you get the right solar setup to ensure you can meet those goals. There’s no harm in being ambitious – solar power can change the way you live your life for the better!

Want to figure out how to make your solar aspirations a daily reality? Book a free consultation and one of our experts can help!

What Kind of Solar System Do I Need?

There are two main things to consider when you’re trying to decide what kind of solar power system you need. How you use power, and what you want your life to be like.

Maybe you want to free yourself of the power companies and their ever-rising bills. Maybe you want to boost your lifestyle without boosting your bill. Or maybe you just want to do your part for the world and reduce your carbon footprint. It could be a combination of all three!

You can create the life you want with home solar power. However, the lifestyle you want will affect the type of solar system that’s right for you and your family. So let’s take a look at the different types of solar families and the systems that can help them.

The WFH Family – Cancel Out Your Daytime Usage

It’s 2021, and more people are working from home than ever before. A lot of families have been stunned by the spike in their power bill as they blast the air-con in their home office all day long.

Work From Home

If you’re using most of your power in the day, then solar panels can be a simple and effective way to drive down your bill. Solar panels work pretty simply. They generate energy while the sun shines that you can then use to power your home. So, during daylight hours, you can cut your grid usage way down.

As more and more people make working from home part of their lives, daytime power usage is going up. That means reducing the amount of grid energy you use in the day can have a huge effect on your bill. Think about it this way: the sun’s hitting your roof no matter what. Without solar panels, you’re basically letting all that valuable solar energy go to waste.

Let’s say you’re paying $500 a quarter for your electricity and you’re using most of your power during the day. A 6.6kWh solar panel system could bring your electricity bill down to $175 or less! If you opt for one of the simple payment plans offered by ShineHub, you could save more per quarter than you spend on your panels. And that means instant savings!

If you think panels are a good option for your family, book a free consult with our experts. We’ll take a look at your roof and see what kind of system we can install.

The Budget Busters – Zero Out Your Bills

Everyone knows that special dread that comes when it’s time to open the power bill. What’s it going to be this quarter? $500? If it’s $600… well, that’s gonna be tough.

Now imagine this: you open your power bill and instead of seeing a three-figure number, you see a big, satisfying zero. Or better yet, a number with a minus in front of it! That’s not just a pipe dream – it’s the real experience many ShineHub customers have when they open their bill. We’re seeing plenty of people zero out their bill or even going into credit!

The key to zeroing out your bill is making sure your system is big enough to counteract your power usage. It works like this: When the sun shines, your panels produce power. If you have a battery and enough panels, the panels generate energy to power your home and charge your battery. Then you use the battery to power your home at nighttime.

The key here is having the right number of panels to produce the energy you need, and a big enough battery to store what you need for night. For most typical homes, a 6.6kW panel system with a 10kWh battery provides plenty of power for the whole day. And thanks to our Solar Affordability Plan, you can install that system in your home from as little as $99/month!

That means you could be looking at a power bill of $0 or less while paying less than $300 a quarter for your solar system. If your power bills are more than $300 a quarter right now, you’d be saving money from day one.

It just makes sense. What’s left to think about?

No Compromises

You know what’s frustrating? You’ve worked all your life to secure the lifestyle you’ve always craved – but now you find yourself rationing your hot tub sessions just to keep the power bills down.

Maybe you’re planning a renovation or maybe you finally put in that heated pool you’ve been planning for years. Or you’ve realised it’s finally the time to switch to an electric car. Sure, you’re excited to finally be making the change, but how are you going to manage the power bills?

That’s where solar can come in to pick up the slack. If you really want to make sure you have enough energy to power your lifestyle, opt for a big system like the 13kW panels and 20kWh battery. A large system like this maximises both the amount of energy your panels can produce and the amount you can store to use when you need it.

This system provides roughly twice the power an average household uses during the day. That means, if you’re driving an electric vehicle 40km a day, you’ll have enough to charge your car as well as power your home. And there’ll still be enough left over to send a bit back to the grid. Which means you’re probably looking at a credit on your power bill.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re getting an electric car, putting in a pool, or or growing your family. A bigger system means more power to use the way you want to. No guilt, no bill shock. 

When you make the power, you make the call!

Help Real Communities & the Planet

Let’s get real: dirty energy is living on borrowed time. Coal plants are fast becoming too expensive to run, and while the government and the power companies want to replace them with natural gas, the cost and environmental impact should send shivers down our spines. If we’ve learned anything from the past, it’s that the shortcuts we take today cut the deepest tomorrow.

Solar power gives us a unique opportunity to create affordable power for real people while also supporting Australia’s energy infrastructure.

Environment

There are two keys to maximising your positive environmental impact with solar:

  1. Taking your grid energy usage down to zero
  2. Contributing to a viable solar-powered future for Australia

Both of these things require a solar & battery system.

To effectively lower your grid energy use to zero, you need to make sure that you’re producing and storing enough power in the day for you to use over the course of the day and night. To achieve this, you need a complete solar & battery solution.

Your panels power your home while the sun shines, while excess power is stored on your battery. The battery then stores this power for use at night, to power your home. You don’t need a lot of grid energy in that situation. And that means lower bills and a smaller carbon footprint.

But your home is only one of many. To really maximise your impact, you need to be part of something bigger. And that’s why we started our ShineHub Community Virtual Power Plant.

A Virtual Power Plant, or VPP, is basically a network of home solar batteries. That network provides on-demand energy to support the electricity grid. Simply put, when the grid needs more power, it uses home batteries instead of burning more fossil fuels. In return, households receive a premium rate payment.

And instead of supporting the grid with natural gas, we support it with renewable energy. Renewable energy that everyday Aussies get paid for.

Time to join the solar journey? Reach out today and we’ll find the right system for you!

Alex Georgiou
Alex Georgiou

Alex is a home energy expert with experience across virtually every area of the industry, ranging from energy efficiency and smart home gear to the latest solar and battery technologies. As co-founder of ShineHub, he is responsible for delivering the best digital experience in the industry for customers as well as managing customer-facing communications.

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