When you live in a place like Western Australia, one thing you can be certain of is that there will be sunshine. A lot of sunshine. We average about eight hours of sunshine a day, and of course with the sunshine comes the heat. And heat is energy, right?
So what do we do with all that sunshine and heat energy? We harness it, of course! Solar energy is free and clean. We will never run out of it and it is renewable.
The Australian government recently offered incentives to householders to encourage us install solar panels in our homes. Hub-a-Lubs and I took advantage of their generosity (thank you, Aunty Julia for the rebate!) and some friendly workmen came and added some solar panels to the roof of our home:
So now on those numerous sunny days that we enjoy over here, we also get free hot water and electricity for our home! How cool (er, hot?) is that?
Hub-a-Lubs is especially thrilled. He got a new 'toy' to play with too. The solar panels came with an inverter box which looks a bit like this one:
If you tap on the box some digital numbers appear in the little display window and you can see how much power the solar panels have produced at any given time. This has proved to be such good fun for him that every now and then Hub-a-Lubs disappears into the garage, we hear a lot of tapping noises, and then he comes back in triumphantly announcing to all and sundry how much electricity we have saved.(We're all secretly hoping this novelty will wear off soon though!)
Since installing the panels we have halved our electricity bill too, which is an added bonus. He is a happy man.
Wishing you a happy, sunshiny day today!
God made two great lights - the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. Gen 1:16.