knowledge article

Why Solar Power Was The Perfect Fit For TV3 Reality Home Renovators


The theme of the kitchen-focused episode of TV3's latest reality show, Creative Living, was making sure that the renovation of a 100-year-old Kiwi villa was perfectly tailored to the needs of a growing New Zealand family.

Graham Family

Harrisons Energy Solutions has worked alongside TV builder Peter Wolfkamp (you'll recognise him as the site foreman from The Block NZ) as he helps couple Jo and Richard Graham turn their run-down, three-bedroom Ponsonby house into a beautiful and efficient home for their growing family.

And while the couple were focused on choosing the most cost-effective appliances, fixtures and fittings for their smart, new kitchen, it made sense for them to consider installing home Solar Panels to help cut their power bills and future-proof their home.

So while Peter and the team talked through the importance of choosing the correct number of power points and the most energy-efficient, high-use appliances such as stove top, ovens, fridges and freezers, Jo and Richard discussed the perfect Solar System to suit both their location and their lifestyle with Dan Brebner from Harrisons Energy Solutions.


And it soon became apparent that just as fitting a new kitchen means tailoring the design and the specific appliances to the needs of the family (Jo is keen to consider the “long-term energy costs of appliances” while the couple both accept Peter's plan for a smaller kitchen space), so finding the right Solar System means considering what Jo and Richard want to get out of it. As Dan says, “The whole idea is tailoring a solution around each individual home. It can be tough because Solar is not an out-of-the-packet think – It's different for everybody.”

Dan explains that their choice of a Premium LG Solar System – including eight LG 285W Mono X2 Panels, a SolarEdge 2.2kW Inverter and eight optimisers – may be a “larger ticket item but is a good long-term investment”.

Choosing a System whereby each Panel works independently of the other doesn't matter that the Ponsonby villa doesn't have a huge north-facing roof space and can cope with indirect sunlight. Dan reckons that during daylight hours, the Panels ought to be able to cope with the power required to run an appliance like a dishwasher without any problem.

This is the perfect time to install a Solar System during the renovation because you can run wiring before the gib-board and plastering are completed. The Harrisons Energy Solutions System that Jo and Richard choose is also future-proofed in case they want to upgrade to Solar battery storage with a minimum of fuss and expense by ensuring all components are fully spec-ed for improved energy efficiency.

From the outset of their renovation, Jo and Richard have been keen to stamp their character on their home and turn it into a comfortable, cost-effective, healthy and well-insulated home; they have also opted for finishing touches that speak volumes about who they are as a couple. Choosing a Solar energy System from Harrisons is yet another way they can mix practicality with their personality.

You can catch each episode of Creative Living on TV3 Saturdays from 4:30 pm until October 22 or watch the episodes online – and if you're inspired by Jo and Richard's project to makeover your whole home, or even just a room or two, you can call Harrisons for a free in-home consultation on 0800 00 33 54 or contact us via the website.

Almost any renovation in New Zealand will have to balance the practicalities of converting under-insulated, draughty and unhealthy places into energy-efficient and comfortable homes while creating something perfectly designed for a specific family's specific needs.

And what Creative Living displays best of all is how easily you can find products – such as a Solar energy System – that offer ways to address both.

Decorative Curve

Book a Free Quote Today

Book a FREE on-site measure and quote at a time that suits you, and we can also give you a proposal on the spot.

Harrisons  on-site measure to a customer

Book an Appointment Today!

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut.

Get your Beginners
Guide to Solar

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Download your Beginners Guide to Solar here
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Download our guide to learn:
How to make the right choice for your home
How solar technology has advanced and what it can do for you?
How solar effects your home’s value?
How to get started?
And more!

How we have helped our customers

Hear from some of our customers on how solar has slashed their power bill.