Friday, 8 July 2011
On my mind - On grid or off grid?
The whole set up seems so complicated with government rebates, guarantees on the buy back price of electricity into the grid, electricity companies charging higher tarrifs for people on solar and so on. We were left with the feeling that everything was very uncertain........ Will electricity become so expensive that putting back into the grid won't mean much, will the government honour their guarantee?! There are so many questions.
Then there is the fact that we have a massive pole so close to our home. The photo shows our children's cubby in the play area. You can see the pole is just on the other side. It's got us wondering how much more it would cost to go "off grid". The water pump, fridge and freezer are crucial for us. Could solar run them? If not, how much would new appliances cost? I can see why I have been procastinating about making a decision, but the time has come. Today I will have to try to organise a quote for "off grid" so that we can make an informed decision. I would love any advice or information because, as you can see, I don't understand much about the process. Oh, and of course, the salesman tells us that we need to sign up right now, or risk the government withdrawing the pay back guarantee!!!