Having a solar power system can assist you to minimise your carbon footprint and reduce your electricity bills. However, you may not be getting the best results by having a solar panel system on its own. Whether you’ve installed solar panels for financial or environmental reasons, the following recommendations can assist you to use your system more effectively and get the most out of the electricity it produces, which will allow you to pay back your system quicker, pull less electricity from the grid, and potentially even create excess power to sell back to your utility.
Older light bulbs are highly inefficient and use only a small amount of the electricity incoming to produce light (most of the other electricity is turned into heat). Modern LED lights, on the other hand, use almost all of the power they take in to make light. In fact, a good LED bulb only needs about ten percent of the electricity as a traditional light bulb to produce the same amount of light, so they aren’t pulling as much electricity from your solar system to light your home.
LEDs also last much longer than older light bulbs. This means that replacing the lights in your home with LEDs will pay off very quickly.
In many houses, a huge amount of conditioned air is lost through windows, doors, and roofs because these are the areas that typically have small gaps where air can escape, as well as enter from the outside. You can combat this by installing more energy efficient windows, replacing old weather stripping, and/or applying caulking. You can also insulate and save energy by adding thick curtains to windows.
Even when appliances and electronics are turned off, they can still suck quite a bit electricity from your solar system if they are plugged in. A washing machine can use 4 watts per hour when plugged in and turned off, a cable box can use 26 watts per hour when turned off and not recording, and a laptop can use 48 watts per hour when closed and charging. If you do the math, those three devices alone can drain 1,848 watts per day, more than 55,000 watts per month, and over 674,000 watts per year just by being plugged in.
If you don’t want to worry about constantly plugging and unplugging electronics and appliances, you can purchase smart power strips or smart plugs, which allow you to control power to devices remotely through a mobile app or even set timers.
Refrigerated air conditioning takes up about 45 percent of a home’s electricity budget on average. This means that your HVAC system can easily use up most, if not all, of the electricity produced by your solar power system. While ceiling fans won’t heat or cool the air in your home or office, they can move the air to make rooms more comfortable while using significantly less solar power.
The price of solar batteries has dropped significantly in recent years and is expected to continue to decrease, making them increasingly attractive to homeowners and business owners. While solar power battery storage is still developing technology and may not be the best option for every solar system client at this point in time, it can be a very beneficial option for those who frequently experience grid blackouts or are subject to time-of-use electricity rates from their utility company.
With a solar battery, your home will be able to run off of the solar electricity stored up in the battery at night or during power outages.
When you leave a room, take care to turn out the lights. When you’re finished using an appliance or electronic device, turn it off and unplug it. Simply being aware of the ways you use electricity and making small adjustments when you notice you’re using more than you need to is the best way to make sure that the power produced by your solar panels Mandurah system is being used as effectively as possible.
If you are looking at installing a new solar power system please contact iBreeze on 95349491.
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