A growing number of families are switching to solar and battery storage in a bit to cut energy bills and control their usage.
With household power bills already doubling over the last five years, experts estimate New South Wales households will pay another $434.08 more for electricity by the end of 2019.
The price rises have driven 50,000 families across the country to install solar batteries – with that figure forecast to reach 450,000 by 2020.
Nick Pfitzner of Kellyville Ridge has switched to solar to cut his power bills.
NSW families dominated new installations, with most recent Renewable Energy Index figures revealing the state’s households installed 4689 new solar systems in February this year alone, expected to cumulatively result in $60 million in savings over the next decade.
Nick Pfitzner, of Kellyville Ridge, switched to solar to cut his power bills and uses an app called Reposit First to monitor and control his power usage, after he and his family moved into a larger house and realised their air conditioning was causing a surge in their power bill.
Power price rises have driven 50,000 families across the country to install solar batteries.
The app reveals exactly how much users have spent on power each day in real time, and lets them know if cheap electricity is available and how much their battery is charged.
Smart Energy Council CEO John Grimes said the rising cost of living in NSW, combined with a hostile property market, was sending households into debt, particularly those with large mortgages.