Originally this blog was all about scenic sites and stories of Adelaide. I then incorporated great places to eat and then my experience with some of the local businesses. The last post being all about my review of Adam Solar Solar Panels.
Today’s post is my Godfreys Salisbury review.
Godfrey Salisbury Review Hoover Ultra Power
It all began when my old cordless vacuum cleaner died. I’ve been to this Godfreys store before with my parents and was so impressed with their service that I decided to make it my first port of call. As it turns out I found the perfect cordless vacuum cleaner, for me, and did business then and there.
The salesman happened to be Darren Reid the actual store owner. It turns out that Darren has over 20 years experience in the vacuum cleaner business and so was quite knowledgeable.
Darren was really friendly and not a pushy salesman at all. I started off with the cheapest cordless, sorry I don’t remember which one it was but it cost about $99. As you all know you get what you pay for and that particular one just didn’t have any power. You could actually stop the brush from spinning with your hand!
I worked my way up to the Hoover Ultra Power 2 in 1 cordless stick. You can see it over there on the left, next to Darren. I wanted something with a lithium battery and this one had a 21V lithium battery. I also liked that it had a LED battery life indicator.
The only thing I didn’t like about it was the crevice tool which I found to be a little short. Don’t know what they were thinking when they put that one together.
All in all though I found the Hoover Ultra to be perfect for my needs. I especially love the LED lights that show you everything in the vicinity of your vacuuming job. No way you’re going to miss anything with that little sucker on.
If you’re looking for any type of vacuum I can highly recommend the guys at Godfreys Salisbury. Who knows, tell them you read this post and they may even give you a little discount. 😉
This post is about my experience with Adam Solar. Like so many other home owners I decided to do something about the ever increasing electricity costs of running a household in Adelaide. It was time to do something about it and that meant finding the best solar panel installer in Adelaide.
That involved a hell of a lot of research and getting a whole lot of quotes, to make sure I was getting the best solar panels installation that my hard earned money could buy.
Later on in this post I will reveal which solar panels and inverter I chose and why I opted for a 5KW solar system instead of the recommended 3KW solar system. First I’m going to tell you the top ten reasons that make Adam Solar the best solar panel installer in Adelaide.
Top 10 Reasons Adam Solar Is Best Solar Panel Installer In Adelaide
- South Australian Company: I wanted a South Australian company to insure there would be a higher probability of great followup service if the need eventuated. These guys are actually based in Adelaide.
- Solar Industry Knowledge: During my discussions about installing solar panels on my home I mainly dealt with Adam and Spenser and these guys were very knowledgeable and able to answer all my queries about the installation of solar panels.
- Physical Inspection Of Job: Where other installers showed me a Google image of where the panels would be placed Adam sent someone out to inspect the job to ensure that it could be done. This would probably be because I explained I had raked/cathedral ceilings and that other solar panels installers said it couldn’t be done.
- No High Pressure Salesmen: I hate it when companies try to pressure you into buying something. There was none of that crap with the guys at Adam Solar. They simply told you how it is and left it up to you to decide, answering any questions in such a manner that was easy to understand. There was none of that talking down to you when you needed them to go into further detail.
- Selection Of Solar Panels: Unlike Integra (I’ll mention them again later, and not in a good way ;)) who concentrated on their Black Max solar panels, Adam Solar offered a selection of solar panels that made it easier to compare with other solar panels installers.
- SMA Sunnyboy Inverters: My research had put the SMA Sunnyboy inverter at the top of the list as the best inverter around so it was important to me that the solar panel installer had them available.
- Best Price For Solar Panel System: Naturally, cost is a factor and out of the four quotes I got Adam Solar was the cheapest. The Integra salesman wasn’t prepared to offer a quote until after I sourced the other quotes! What’s with that anyway? Needless to say I never called them back. When AGL finally called back I had already given the job to Adam Solar.
- Great Service And Followup: I mentioned earlier how they were exceptional when it came to resolving any issues and questions we had. They were also the first one to contact us back. Whether by messages or phone call they were always available. Once the job was done, Adam rang us the next day to make sure we were happy with our new solar panels system
- Best Reviews: I was once a salesman and I know better than to take everything they say for granted. That being the case reviews left by others were important in my decision making.
- Professional Tradesmen: The installation of any solar system is only as good as the tradesmen involved. The Adam Solar tradesmen were exceptional. They got on with the job in a professional manner and took everything back with them when they left. Apart from my new solar panels it was as if they were never there.
What Are The Best Solar Panels
As to the best solar panels, this is a question asked by many looking to install solar panels to their home. I was tossing up between the Jinko 260W PolyCrystalline panels and the California solar panels. I couldn’t really make up my mind and went with the Jinko as Adam believed them to be the better option. I decided against the LG MonoX Panels, another option, as that would have added another $1000 to the cost.
How Many Solar Panels Needed For A Home?
The amount of solar panels you need would depend on your electricity consumption. The more you consume the more you need to cover your cost. According to AGL System size calculator I needed a 3KW system. This was also confirmed by a couple of the quotes I received. I opted for 5KW because I plan to install a battery system at a later date so I can finally go completely off the grid.
Even though I’m only getting 6c a KW rebate from AGL I figure any extra off the bill will always be a bonus. In the first week of the installation I’ve pumped over 250KW into the grid which is another $15 off my bill.
Another reason for getting extra panels is because I figured that on cloudy days and in the winter month they would make up for the poorer performance generating more than was otherwise possible.
The Truth About A 5KW Solar Power Output
When I first got my solar panels installed I thought they would be producing 5KW as long as the sun was shining. This is not the case. The only time you’re getting full production is when the sun is nearing and at its peak. One to two hours a day. You can see it building as the sun reaches it’s peak and declining as it lowers towards sunset.
Best Way To Utilise Solar Energy
Just a quick tip to get the most out of your solar panels. Make sure you do all your clothes washing/drying, dishwashing and anything else during the day where your solar power soaks up your energy consumption.
All in all I’m entirely satisfied with Adam Solar and would highly recommend them to family and friends.
Yesterday was Australia Day and because it was such a beautiful day the wife and I decided to check the Henley Square redevelopment.
I kinda liked the undulating wooden slated seats leading up to the jetty. I’m not the only one either as heaps of people were relaxing on them as we walked by. The water feature in the centre of the Henley Square was also very popular.
After a bit of a look around we decided to grab something to eat and decided to give Stella a go. Like I said it was Australia Day and there were heaps of people around. Even so we were lucky enough to get a table outside. It was cleared quickly and the menus arrived soon after. Once we placed our order the drinks arrived in a timely manner. Unfortunately the food was another matter. It took almost 45 minutes and the beer was warm before the meal arrived.
Like I said though, it was Australia Day and I reckon because of the penalty rates they were probably understaffed. Once the meals arrived I have to admit I was shocked at the presentation.
As you can see in the image above it was a tiny burger with a smattering of fries on this huge plate. If the burger wasn’t tiny enough it looked dwarfed when placed on that plate. I’m sure a smaller plate, perhaps a rectangular or oval one, would have done the meal a lot more justice.
That aside the burger was delicious and the fries were cooked perfectly. Apart from the tardiness in receiving the meal we had no complaints. The staff were very friendly, knowledgeable.
We wouldn’t have a problem frequenting Stella again and I’m sure we would receive our meal in a prompt manner once penalty rates were not an issue.
Speaking of penalty rates, my recommendation to those places that choose to open on public holidays is to not scrimp on staff. Even if means you run at a loss it’s better to do that than to give customers a bad experience. Consider it as part of your advertising costs, as great service can only lead to more business. Poor service on the other hand can prove to be quite detrimental.