You've got solar, so why are your power bills still so high?
THERE is little more horrifying than receiving a big power bill around Christmas.
It's even worse when the sky-high bill comes after you've already spent thousands installing solar power.
That's the reality for many Toowoomba residents, but Excel Power director Michael Reiken said it didn't have to be that way.
He said the biggest shortfall these people faced was education rather than power input.
Unless you were one of the lucky few locked into a 44c feed-in tariff, there was a good chance you were using your power all wrong.
Do you have solar power installed at your house?
Many people come home from work on dusk, turn on the air-conditioner, put on a load of washing, flick on the television and maybe even vacuum the floor.
The hot water also heats up overnight, leaving the vast majority of consumption between 6pm and 7.30am at which point people switch everything off and head to work.
But with a little effort towards changing habits, Mr Reiken said people could do all the same things while using their solar power more efficiently.
Hot water systems could be set to run in the middle of the day, as could washing machines, dishwashers and a few other appliances.
If people were receiving 10c feed-in tariffs but paying 30c for power to be supplied, the key was to use as much of your own power as possible before tapping into the grid.