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Simple Tips To Get the Most Out of Your Solar Panels: Mandurah Expert Advice

Posted: October 12, 2018
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Solar Panels Mandurah Expert Advice


When they think about solar panels, Mandurah based homeowners and business managers may believe that their power generating capabilities are static. This is a common misconception. If you understand some basic facts about your system, it’s possible to get far more out of your solar panels. Here are five easy ways that you can get even more out of your solar power system.


1. When Are Your Solar Panels Working Best?


Take a look at when your solar panels are working best at producing the most electricity for your needs. If you have a north facing roof, you may find that 10 am - 3 pm is your optimal period, a west facing roof could work better at 11 am - 5 pm and an east facing roof may produce more power between 8 am - 1 pm. Knowing the best electricity producing times will allow you to plan energy draining activities better.


2. Always Follow the Sun


When you follow the sun, you will get the most out of your solar power system. When the weather is sunny run your energy-intensive devices, such as the dishwasher, washing machine, air conditioning, and underfloor heating, as required. When it’s less sunny, use these devices less and save heating the pool till later.


3. Program Your Appliances


Learn how to program your appliances so that they can turn on when you are not at home. So, if you have a beautiful sunny day and you need to leave home, you can run your appliances to get the best out of the solar panels. So, you may want to delay the start of your dishwasher until the weather gets sunnier, later. Many people run their AC system throughout the day so that they can return to a comfortable home.


4. Stagger the Consumption


Try to stagger your energy consumption throughout the best electricity generating periods. As an example: don’t run your pool heating, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, all at the same time. If you run too many appliances at once, you will notice that you have a big curve in your energy production in a single period of the day. This is an easy way to find yourself dipping into the grid, and you will not use up all of the solar energy.


5. Minimise Night Consumption


When the sun isn’t shining, you will have to dip into your stored energy to get by. Any step that you can take to minimise your energy consumption at night will help you to avoid using grid power. Turn off devices when they are not being used, avoid using devices that use a lot of energy and switch over to LED lighting.


If they are looking for solar panels Mandurah homeowners should get in touch with us here at iBreeze. We are experts in residential and commercial installations for our clients. If your needs change and you need to expand we can help with add on system installations. Our highly trained technicians can also service and repair your equipment to keep your system running at optimal efficiency. There are government incentives available for a rebate when you purchase your new solar system. Our team is ready and standing by to discuss your needs in more detail, and they are looking forward to answering any further questions that you may have.


How to Extend the Life of Your Solar Panels


When they consider the costs of solar panels Mandurah residents will often think about the installation prices. This is a common mistake, but there are other factors to consider. The longer your solar panels last, the better the return on your initial investment over the long term.


1. Cleanliness is Key


Once you get used to having solar panels, it’s easy to forget that they are there at all. After all, they are often located in hard to access locations, and they are not observed on a day to day basis. However, the efficiency and lifespan of the solar panel can both be affected by the cleanliness of the unit. So, how often do you need to clean your solar panels? Well, this is a very hard question to answer, some areas have more dust particulates in the air than others and cleaning would need to be more frequent. If you live in a dustier area, you may need to clean your solar panels weekly, and areas with cleaner air could be fine with monthly cleaning.


2. Use Appropriate Equipment


When you clean a solar panel, the goal is to get the glass nice and clean without introducing scratches. So, it’s important to never use an abrasive cleaning product or scrubbing sponge. The best way to clean a solar panel without resorting to using ladders is to mount a cloth on a pool skimmer. Use a soft cloth or washing rag, and the cleaning solution should be a kind biodegradable liquid soap. There will be harder deposits of bird poop or tree sap that are harder to remove. Be patient, don’t try to scrape these materials off and wash them off slowly with plenty of water. When the solar panels are nice and clean, you should quickly notice the difference on your meter.


3. Watch the Shade


Hopefully, when you installed the solar panels, you took the time to ensure that they were kept away from shady areas, such as pylons, trees, and other buildings. If your existing panels are in a bad spot, they can be moved if it’s absolutely necessary, but this could be expensive. However, if you have a problem with a nearby tree, it should be fairly easy to periodically trim the branches back to keep the shade at bay. This is important the amount of shade will reduce your solar panel output exponentially. As an example: a solar panel in ¼ shade could reduce your output by as much as ½ which is a significant loss.


If you need any further assistance with your solar power mandurah system please call us on 95349491 or email us at – admin@ibreeze.com.au

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