West Australians have been on the solar bandwagon for years, setting the benchmark for the rest of the country when it comes to solar energy generation and consumption. If your home doesn’t yet have solar, now is the perfect time to look into it. But how do you know whether solar + battery is right for you? And what if you already have the impression it’s not a good fit right now? Read on, friend, this article is for you.
Here’s when Plico is right for you:
There are certain types of people, families and households who are straight-up ideal candidates for a Plico solar + battery solution. If one or more of these applies to you, don’t walk - run! Give our friendly switched-on Plico team a buzz to chat about how much you might save, and how Plico can work for you.
Your electricity bills are around $200 per month or more
This one’s a no-brainer. Why give your hard-earned to the electricity companies when you could use the same money as an investment in your own energy production and storage? You’ll also be joining an Aussie community that’s committed to reducing our members’ environmental impact and building a better future for everyone. You get 10 years of servicing and maintenance, plus access to your energy during blackouts, outages and at night - all for one low weekly fee.
You suffer from blackouts
If you live in an area that is prone to grid outages, you can take back control of your energy with Plico’s unique blackout protection. Plico’s solar + battery solution allows you to generate, store and use your own energy even when the grid is down. So, you can avoid the inconvenience of a blackout and stay in control. If you’re lucky to live in an area not subject to regular blackouts, it’s likely that we will see more widespread grid outages and possible load shedding this summer as the network struggles to balance supply and demand. Find out more about how our blackout protection works in this article.
Doing your part for the planet is supremely important to you
If you’re the kind of person who’s obsessed with recycling everything you can, using your keep cup instead of disposable cups, calculating your carbon footprint, minimising waste or purchasing recycled or second-hand whenever possible, there’s a good chance that a Plico solar + battery solution will be a great fit for you. It’s a simple - but very powerful - way to reduce your personal environmental impact.
You have three or more people living in your house
If your home is standalone and you reside with two or more other people, your energy usage is very likely to be worthy of support from a Plico solar + battery solution. You may live with your own family, have a multi-generational household or you’re renting out a room to cover increasing expenses. If your bills are not $200 per month right now, there’s a good chance they soon will be. We’re all feeling the pinch from cost of living expenses in 2022. Offset those costs with a Plico solar + battery solution. Plus, it’s a great way to manage the family budget as you’ll know exactly how much to pay each week.
Other reasons solar + battery is right for you
Have you considered the above and figure it doesn’t apply, so maybe solar + battery isn't for you?
Hold up! There are some other factors that are well worth considering.
Your family is growing
We’ve got two words for you: future-proofing. If you have young children (or are planning to have them), getting organised now with a solar + battery solution is a move you won’t regret. Just think about the extra energy your household will consume as your kids grow… additional lighting, heating, entertainment (TVs, computers, gaming consoles) - it all adds up. Why not get ahead of the game, install a Plico solar + battery solution, and enjoy the benefits starting now? Aside from the future-proofing, you’ll immediately have access to your solar energy during night-time, outages and blackouts. Plus, our 10 years of servicing and maintenance begins from the moment you’re an official member. Once the 10 years is up, you can choose to own your system outright or continue to access service (including replacement if required) for a reduced weekly fee.
You’re planning to install a pool
It’s no secret, pools are a significant consumer of energy, costing an average of $600 to $1,000 per year to run (and that’s just the pump!). If you’re planning to be lazing by the pool in the near future, consider how much more relaxed you’ll be when you have a Plico solar + battery solution taking care of the additional running costs.
You’re planning to buy an Electric Vehicle
Electric vehicle (EV) sales are on the rise in Australia (despite long lead times) and it’s no surprise, given Aussies’ concerns about climate change combined with exorbitant fuel price increases. But as electricity prices are also on the rise, it stands to reason that an EV customer would also be looking to offset the cost of charging their vehicle.
Enter the solar + battery solution. After all, if you’ve got solar panels on your roof you can charge your EV during the peak solar period of 10am - 2pm. But why would you restrict yourself to a charging time slot when you could add a solar battery and use those beautiful solar rays when the sun’s not shining?
You’re upgrading an appliance to electric
Is it time to replace that old gas hot water system with a heat pump? Or are you considering switching to electric reverse-cycle heating over gas because you want better air quality in your home? Maybe you’re comparing the cooking efficiency of an induction cooktop over gas. Whatever it may be, it’s a good idea to consider how making the shift to electric will impact your energy bills. For example, swapping gas hot water heating for electric will shift your water heating costs from your gas bill to your power bill.
The good news is that anything that can be electrified can also be powered by solar energy – and anything that can be powered by solar can be powered by Plico!
While solar + battery is not necessarily a match for every single household, it’s suitable for many - even those where it’s not immediately obvious. If this article has inspired you to find out more, you can view our different solar + battery systems by clicking here or calculate your projected savings with our Solar Savings Calculator. You can also get in touch with one of our switched-on team members by calling 1300 175 426 to see how a solar + battery system can help you save.
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