Ruth is conscious of the impact her lifestyle has on the sustainability of
the planet. To save energy, she has purchased more energy efficient
products, such as a split system air con with an inverter, low energy light bulbs,and an energy efficient fridge and front loader washing machine.
Even before joining Alice Solar City, Ruth had installed two whirlybirds in her roof to let the hot air escape, installed skylights so she wouldn’t use as much electrical lighting, and installed window coverings on her glass doors and windows. Ruth also invested in security screens so she could let in natural breezes without worrying about her safety. Now she only
uses her evaporative cooler in the height of summer.
Since joining Alice Solar City Ruth has undertaken the following energy efficiency measures.
Install solar hot water
Replace lights with energy efficiency lights
Replace 12 volt halogen lighting system with a 240 volt system
Service the evaporative air conditioner.
Ruth has reduced her energy consumption from 13.6kWh per day to an average of 9.9kWh, and even dropped to 6.1kWh in the second 12 month period after having her Alice Solar City home energy survey.
“Alice Solar City gave me traction in lowering my energy use and minimising
my footprint. Getting the financial assistance was such a boost and morale
raiser and it is something I often talk to others about. I encourage people to start with small energy saving projects around the house. Do it incrementally, just one step at a time, not all at once.”