Take a Walk on the Bright Side of Life

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If you’ve ever considered installing solar hot water heating the council’s Auckland Solar scheme makes it easy. Under the scheme, the Auckland Solar team do all the hard work for you - from installing the system to taking care of the building and consent application process. Additionally Auckland Solar is covering the consent costs for the first 100 people that purchase a system through the scheme.

Auckland Solar is a pilot scheme managed by Auckland company Solar Group and aims to install up to 250 systems in homes (225) and businesses (25) by June 2013.

Solar water heating can give people more control of their energy costs and is an important step in Auckland becoming a more sustainable, resilient and liveable city.

Auckland families who have installed a solar hot water system through the Auckland Solar project are impressed by how much power and money they’ve saved.

Dee and Steve West of Greenhithe say the idea of creating and using their own energy was their main motivation for installing the system, but the prospect of saving money on power was also an incentive.

“We thought we wouldn’t save much during the winter, but we were very impressed by its performance,” says Dee. “So far we’ve saved about $100 a month on our power bill.”

Point Chevalier couple Ruth MacClure and Tony Morpeth and family also had solar heating panels installed in their home in August 2011, as a case study for the project. They say the system has saved them between 20 and 30 per cent on their power bill.

To find out more, including the 100 free building consents offer, terms and conditions and financial assistance available to help with purchasing a system, visit Auckland Solar.

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