Over the past several months, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down and some impacts of coronavirus are still coming to light. One of the latest developments are families are seeing their power bills double.
With unprecedented numbers of Australians working from home, cooking more meals, and not going on holidays, household energy usage across the country has more than doubled. In fact, since stay-at-home restrictions began in March, energy bills have shot up by 105% on average.
According to Domain, “in March 2019, the average household used 513kWh of power across the month, or 16.5kWh per day, which shot up to 1052kWh in March this year as lockdown measures were implemented around the country. It rose again in April with an average use of 1094kWh over the month, or 36.4kWh a day. As a result, the quarterly average bill of $406.75 is expected to rise to over $800, with those who routinely have much higher bills facing at least a doubling too.”
Now, as families receive their power bills from the past several months in lockdown, many are facing bill shock as they learn that they owe double the usual amount to their energy providers. And unfortunately, these exorbitant energy costs may stick around for some time, since some coronavirus restrictions will be here to stay for an unknown period of time. These increases are particularly troubling for individuals and families who are already facing tough economic times as a result of COVID-19.
The painful truth is that there isn’t much you can do to lower a pricey energy bill that you’ve already racked up. But the good news is that you can make changes at home to reduce your future energy costs. In particular, switching to solar power is a smart and affordable way to lower your electricity bills and reduce energy usage.
Many Australians are recognising the advantages that come with solar power, including cost savings and environmental benefits. As a result, more households are investing in solar panels, skylights and solar hot water systems. In fact, more than 2 million households across the country use solar panels at home, a number that is increasing each day — and it’s easy to understand why.
Once installed, solar pays for itself. For instance, if you were to add a 6.6kW solar system to your home and used 65% of the power it generate and exported the rest back to the grid, you would recover the initial costs in about 2 and half years. With electricity costs at record highs in Australia, a solar system is a savvy investment that will pay off soon after installation and put money in your pocket for many years
It’s clear that now is the right time to protect your family with an investment in solar power. SolarBright is an Australian-owned family business and CEC Approved Solar Retailer that offers affordable and efficient solar solutions to help homeowners and businesses save money on their energy bills. We will work with you to create a solar power system that is right for your home and suits your budget.
We are one of the largest solar panel and solar battery -installers in Sydney, with operations extending through regional New South Wales as well. To learn more about SolarBright products or arrange for a free consultation, call us today on 1300 852 622 or submit your information on our website.