WHO wouldn’t like to save a few dollars on their electricity bills?

Despite recent Federal Government efforts, many homeowners say they are still paying far too much for powering their homes and, with predictions of a long, hot summer, running airconditioners could set many up for a bill shock.

Solar power is one way to cut electricity costs, and if you don’t have to install it, but can buy a home with it already in place, that's all the better.

Take a look at 8A Ninth Ave, Sandgate, listed through Jacqui McKeering of Jim McKeering Real Estate. The four-bedroom house, which is scheduled for auction on October 7, is described as offering an “indulgent laid back Queenslander lifestyle’’.

The six-year-old home is in a U-shaped design focused around an outdoor entertainment area and swimming pool. Each bedroom has a view of the pool and has its own private entrance to this area.

The home has an eco-friendly, 6-star energy rating, 5kW (20 panels) solar energy covering hot water and pool, a water tank, and is insulated with rendered, fire resistant cladding.

At 55 Queens Rd, Clayfield, a three-bedroom home with solar power is scheduled for auction on Saturday, September 30, through Giulio Pecorelli of Ray White Clayfield. The Queenslander was built around 1910 and is on an elevated 868sq m block. Upstairs are three bedrooms and two sleepouts.

The lounge and dining rooms are separate areas and a family/TV room leads to the rear veranda. Downstairs is a rumpus and separate multipurpose room with its own entrance.

The home has airconditioning, solar panels and water tanks.

A three-bedroom home at 16 Bamber St, Chermside West, is listed for offers of more than $590,000. The post-war home, listed through Ryan Hoelzl of Burton & Ryan Property Agents, has plenty of modern touches including a 5kw solar system.

A front balcony flows through french doors into open plan living areas. The lounge and dining area lead to a kitchen and out onto a covered rear deck. All three bedrooms have built-in wardrobes.