Cairns Solar Power
One way of having a money tree would be to create a sustainable home which doesn’t carry massive overheads.
Simon Thompson and his wife Martina have spent over $10,000 to transform their 1960’s Manunda home into a Cairns solar power energy efficient home.
The family of four uses only 16 per cent of the power generated by the array of 16 solar panels on the roof. They are set to receive close to $1400 each year from Ergon Energy for the electricity which they feed into the grid.
As well as the solar panel installation, the Thompsons have also installed R3.5 insulation batts, painted the roof white, Solar hot water system, as well as replacing the air conditioners with fans and louvers. Cairns solar power has seen massive increases in the last few years and solar power is becoming a large part of the cities residential culture.
The Thompsons solar house will be on display next month alongside eight other Cairns solar power homes across the region as part of the Sustainable House Day.