Making the switch to solar paid off big time for two local families.
Making the switch to solar paid off big time for two local families. TREVOR VEALE

Solar comp winners announced

TWO Coffs Coast families are celebrating after winning fully-installed home solar systems from Our Living Coast's local sustainability projects.

An environmental alliance Coffs Harbour, Bellingen and Nambucca councils, Our Living Coast promotes sustainable living through workshops, newsletters, a website and Facebook page.

Belinda Beckington of Utungun in the Nambucca Shire won a Sunpower system valued at $7,700 while Ree Higoe of Coffs Harbour won a Solar Edwards hot water system worth $5,625 fully installed.

Both prizes were generously donated by local company Self Sufficient Homes.

Capable of producing around 222kW/hours of power per annum, the solar panels will save Ms Beckington's household approximately $620 per year and reduce its carbon footprint by saving around 2.12 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year.

Her winning entry came through a Facebook competition and she was over the moon with the win.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you to Our Living Coast and Self Sufficient Homes," she said.

"I am so happy and feel very honoured and this is going to make a huge difference in our lives.

"Yay, we are going solar and my family and I can't thank them enough."

Ms Higoe won her prize as a result of attending a Healthy Homes workshop in Sawtell where her name was randomly drawn.

Project officer Elle Morrell said the last round of workshops will start in August and will take place in various locations around Nambucca Shire and the Coffs Coast.

"Anyone interested in learning about reducing their energy bill, gardening for food and green cleaning and sustainable shopping can register their interest in the Healthy Homes household program on our website at www.ourlivingcoast.com.au," she said.



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