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Published April 10, 2015 | By SECCCA
Many of us with solar systems on our roofs understand that it is a great thing to do. Not only does it save money but also reduces our dependence on fossil fuels for our energy and helps slow down the effects of climate change. However, talking about solar with friends, neighbours and family can sometimes feel like a dinner-party topic we are supposed to be avoiding – like politics and religion!
1 Tell them your story – The best case study is the one that comes from a real person. If you can explain why you think solar is great that will reach people quicker than technical information.
2 Despite the low feed-in tariff solar can still save you money. People hear about the low feed-in tariff and think that the incentive is gone, but this is not the case. Some behaviour change may be required to make the most of a solar PV system, but if a household can install a system that covers around half of their usage, the payback period will be about six years.
3 Solar systems have come down in price. Many people still view solar as a luxury item that costs upwards of $10,000 but the truth is that most households will be looking at $3,000- $8,000 for a good quality system, which will last around 25 years.
4 Like any product, you get what you pay for! Of course there are less expensive options available on the market but if you want premium quality you can expect to pay more. However the longevity and efficiency of the systems means that the price difference is generally justified.
5 Be open-minded. Remember that solar power is not for everyone! If someone tells you that they hardly use any electricity and they can never use it during the day, then maybe solar is not the best option for them. Encourage them in the efforts that they have already made and see if they can give you any tips on saving too
Moreland Energy Foundation