TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY, 2013 |
Death By Power Bill
Electricity can be deadly - not just from electrocution, but also from the
knock-on effects of power bills.
The AMA has warned that the increasing cost of electricity will contribute to
more deaths of elderly people during summer heatwaves.
According to a report on The
, heatwaves will kill 130 Adelaide residents each year by 2050 because of global warming and high electricity prices.
"With electricity prices going up the way they are, there are a lot of
pensioners who cannot keep the air conditioning on as long as they should,"
says AMA president Dr Peter Sharley.
The AMA has approached the Federal Government urging action to combat the
Solar power could play a role in preventing heat related deaths in the elderly.
If additional subsidies for installing solar were made available to at risk
groups, it would not only help more retirees reduce their power bills and allow
for longer running of air-conditioning units; it would mean the extra potential
load - which can create serious problems of its own - would not be additional
strain on the mains grid during peak power consumption periods.
Even without additional support, solar power may have other benefits making it
more affordable for retirees - investing in solar may increase a pension due to
a reduction in savings account balance and income from interest.
With electricity cost increases set to continue and given solar's potential to
provide better returns than some other investments; perhaps installing
should be an important part of retirement planning.
According to national solar provider Energy
, a good quality 2kW solar
can provide electricity bill savings of between $417 and $980
annually; depending on the location.
With a solar panel array
having a serviceable life spanning decades; it's an investment that will see
many people through their retirement, except for perhaps the solar
needing replacing or refurbishing during that time frame.
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