Susie is set to kiss expensive power bills goodbye
SUSIE Reynolds and her partner had to pay more than $800 on electricity in the last quarter.
They can expect to halve that next quarter thanks to a competition where they won almost $14,000 worth of solar power equipment from Solahart through a Fraser Coast Chronicle competition.
Ms Reynolds said they were already considering installing solar equipment to cut down on cost and allow her partner to work from Hervey Bay, rather than working away during the week.
"We were talking about saving up for it," she said.
Ms Reynolds said she had not told her partner about the competition and would break the good news when he returned from working away.
"It's going to be a nice surprise for him as well," she said.
The win has come just in time for the pair, with electricity prices set to rise in July by an estimated $68 per bill for residential customers.
Ms Reynolds praised the staff at Solahart after meeting them yesterday to talk over the installation.
Solahart general manager Paul Edwards said about 200 people had entered the six-week competition since it started at the end of February.
He thanked other Fraser Coast residents who entered the competition.
"Some people went to a lot of effort," he said.
Each entrant had to write 25 words or less to convince the team they should win the big prize.
"Some people got very poetic," Mr Edwards said.