Nevin Sweeney, permaculturist, inventor and handyman knows the value of the sun – 25 years of experimenting with solar power has reduced his household electricity bills to almost nothing.
Nevin Sweeney and his wife Linda have lived in western Sydney for over 35 years and for 30 years or more of it have been attempting to live a self-reliant, sustainable lifestyle with varying degrees of success.
Nevin says: "We have a grid connected 1 kW photovoltaic system that has been in since the start of 2009, but we have had a stand alone system in place for over 25 years. All of these units continue to pump electricity into my batteries whenever there is light shining on them, they require little maintenance, don’t annoy the neighbours and have no on-going costs associated with them."
Nevin & his wife Linda also have a selection of solar cookers, including a solar oven where they cook bread, and a solar drier for those excess veggies.
You can be even more inspired about Nevin & Linda's home & garden on their website Under the Choko Tree.
You can hear all about Nevin's solar experiences 1st hand on Monday 20th April at 7pm (supper at 8:30pm) at the Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Highway, Lindfield.
$5 non-members. Free for PSN members. Doors open at 6.30pm when you can check out our library, pick up a bargain at the reuse roundabout, or some produce from our members. Please join us for supper afterwards at 8.30 pm and bring a mug for tea.