Free service to help residents install solar and reduce energy costs

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Tony and Amanda are among the many Australians who’ve sought help installing solar through council/AEF partnerships.

Free advice for reducing power bills and navigating the array of solar power and battery storage systems on the market is now available to Noosa residents.

It’s thanks to a new partnership between Noosa Council and the Australian Energy Foundation (AEF).

“With almost 40 percent of Noosa households generating their own electricity from the sun, we have one of the highest solar uptake rates in Queensland,” Mayor Tony Wellington said.

“But for those yet to take the step, there are now so many different options available, it can be a daunting task deciding on matters like system size or choosing an accredited installer.

“We’ve teamed up with the AEF to help locals avoid the pitfalls and find answers to their questions about solar. That way they can start enjoying the same financial and environmental benefits as many of their friends and neighbours.”

Residents can also call the helpline – 1300 23 68 55 – for advice on cutting their energy bills.

Partnerships between councils and the AEF have helped thousands of Australians, such as Tony and Amanda (pictured), find suitable solar products and suppliers for their needs.

“We kept on getting all these phone calls from different suppliers, but it was hard to tell which one to go with. Then Council let us know about their partnership with the Australian Energy Foundation,” Amanda said.

“They provided us with clear advice about solar and connected us with a fully vetted supplier and we received the quote the same day.”

Their first electricity bill after installing solar was 50% lower than the last one.

The Mayor said Council was pleased to offer the AEF service to help our community reduce its emissions to net-zero by 2026 – a target included in Council’s Environment Strategy.

“The AEF partnership will help more Noosa residents make the switch to solar and enjoy the benefits of reduced power costs, all the while reducing our emissions as a community.”

The Australian Energy Foundation has supported 27,000 households with energy advice since 2013. Call the AEF advice line on 1300 23 68 55 or visit www.aef.com.au

 
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