“Mum, seriously, the smartest thing you can do if we are going to talk about energy bills is to get solar panels up there. As in, yesterday.”

Mum looks at me like I’ve caught mixo. For someone who used to be a bit of an environmental mover and shaker, ( ex-hydroponic strawberry farmer) , she sure is short of info about what can save her money. I kind of expect a bit more from her and Dad but then I remember it was a good thirty years ago they got into business, and now, looking at retirement, they need to learn about ways to really save. Not just here and there, but long term.

I told her about how commercial battery storage. “Melbourne is different, Kate. But out here, you  just can’t have it all…”

“Mum, you need to have someone come out and assess the property. Someone you can trust that knows how to talk to you about how solar works and why it is the best idea if you don’t want to throw your money at the big power companies. You know they’ll buy your excess energy back from you, right?”

I refuse to listen to the negative comments and tell Mum about just how much money I can save with solar power.

Mum looks at me with eyeballs of apprehension, the trademark brow raised, just like it used to do when we were kids.

“I swear Mum, you’re mad if you don’t look into this.. If you guys want to save on expenses, this is something to invest in. Plus, don’t’ you miss being a bit of a trailblazer? No one around here has solar panels. You’ve got to get things started!”

I’ve hit a bit of a nerve, a good one, I can see. Mum misses the days where they used to go to seminars and were really up to date on sustainable hydroponics.

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