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'Installing solar panels and a Tesla battery was the best thing we ever did'

Nick and his wife Lily, from Brooklyn Park in South Australia, didn’t hesitate to enhance their newly-built home with solar panels and a Tesla battery.

By Carly Nichols

16 December 2018

Nick and his wife Lily, from Brooklyn Park in South Australia, didn’t hesitate to enhance their newly-built home with solar panels and a Tesla battery. The high and rising cost of electricity in Adelaide drove the couple to make the decision to power their home with the sun. 

“In 2017, we were building a brand new home with Metricon so it felt like the right time to move to solar power. Our solar panels and a Tesla battery were both installed within one month after the build was finished,” said Nick.

Having committed all of their available funds to their new home, Nick and Lily didn’t let installation costs act as a barrier to their energy improvements. Rather, they took a recommendation from their chosen energy company, Energy Rating Systems, to look into a Brighte payment plan.

After some research, the couple was ready to move forward. “I checked out reviews of Brighte online and the experience of previous customers reassured me that Brighte would be easy to deal with and that the process would be hassle-free,” Nick said. 

Only a few short months after installation, Nick boasts that installing solar panels and a battery system has been “the best thing I ever did”.  

When it comes to his new-look bills, Nick explains: “Before our new home was finished, we were living next door with my mother and our electricity bills were as high as $1,000 per quarter. Amazingly, our first bill in our new solar-powered home was only $36.19 per quarter - or 41c per day for 89 days. I couldn’t believe it when I saw the bill – that’s an average daily usage of just 2.58kW.” 

Based on his new bills, Nick expects the payback period on his investment to be five years, after which they are excited to start making real savings. Nick said they will consider putting these savings towards a second Tesla battery. 

Nick predicts that electricity costs are only going to continue to go north, so it’s no surprise that he is active in spreading the benefits of solar, proudly showing off his post-solar bills to family members and friends. His advice to others is simple: “Don’t hesitate to take the next step with home energy improvements – it’s the best investment I ever made and it could be yours too.” 

At Brighte, we’re on a mission to make a sustainable home affordable and accessible to all Australians. To learn more about our 0% interest payment plans or request quotes from our network of trusted tradies, click here.