Power-saving homes for people living with disabilities

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A home in Salisbury, which is part of a development that includes three homes with power-saving features.

A Salisbury development is leading the way in housing for people living with disabilities, by making high power bills a thing of the past.

A landlord service specialising in inclusive rental properties, called inhousing, and solar energy specialist Natural Solar, have just installed solar panels and battery storage in three selected new Specialist Disability Accommodation (SAD) homes.

As a result, their tenants, who will be participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), will be able to save an estimated $1500 in household bills annually.

This first three power-saving homes are ready for their first occupants on Thomas St, Salisbury and it is hoped more homes of this type will be rolled-out in similar developments across the country later this year.

Inside a new home designed for people living with disabilities in Salisbury.

Inside a new home designed for people living with disabilities in Salisbury.

Inside a new home designed for people living with disabilities in Salisbury.

Chief Operating Officer for inhousing, Geoff Barber, said solar panels and batteries opened up huge potential for SDA tenants under the NDIS.

“This is our first foray into utilising renewable energy technology on our housing developments, and we are excited to see the benefits for our tenants and in future (as we) extend battery and solar (power) to a wider number of residents around the country,” he said.

“Utility costs are a really big issues for people with disabilities as they have a limited income but reply on things like aircon, heating and power in general to deal with their issues.”

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Natural Solar CEO Chris Williams said the move to energy efficient housing was all about making an impact for those who truly need the support.

“Currently the national annual average cost of power is $2,000 each year,” he said.

“Under this new electricity plan, residents will no longer have to pay for power, and will only outlay a monthly flat administration fee of $40, saving residents up to $1,520 per year.”

Natural Solar has ensured its batteries retain a minimum of 20 per cent charge at all times.

In the event of a blackout or power outage, backup power will be activated, and residents will be able to prioritise which household appliances need it most.

NDIS clients can find out more about the initiative by visiting inhousing.org.au or naturalsolar.com.au.

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