Solar power is a fantastic and green way to generate electricity for your home. Unfortunately, when it comes to solar panels, Rockingham homeowners often find themselves struggling to get the best use of their system. So, here we’ll explore some tips to get the most use of your solar power system.
Assess Your Electricity Production
Every home is different with a different orientation, and this will affect when your solar panels are producing the most electricity. For example, you may find that your energy production is at its highest between 10 am and 3 pm or it could be earlier or later in the day. Knowing when you produce the most electricity from your solar panels will help you to tailor your system to your home.
Follow the Sun
If you’re enjoying a bright, sunny day, it is the ideal time to use your solar power. You can run your air conditioning, dishwasher, washing machine or perform any other chores that require electricity. When it is an overcast day, you’ll be getting less out of your solar panels, so try to follow what sun you can see to use your power.
Program Your Appliances
Appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines, and water heaters use significant energy, so if you want to maximise the use of your solar panels, run these appliances when you’re not at home. On a sunny day, delay the start of your dishwasher program until you’ve left the house. Some devices such as washing machines feature a delay program, but if yours does not, you can use a timer plug. This allows you to have control over your appliances and use the energy from your solar panels even if you’re not home.
As mentioned above, appliances can use a serious amount of energy, particularly if you have more than one running at a time. So, try to stagger your consumption, so there isn’t a big production curve at a particular time of day. For example, it may be fine to put all your appliances on in the middle of a sunny day, but if something is on when your solar panels are producing less energy, you’ll be dipping into the grid and not making the best use of your system.
Minimise Consumption After Dark
While no one expects you to sit in the dark or live by candlelight, you can still minimise your consumption to make the best use of your solar system. For example, install LED lights, switch off electrical items when not in use and don’t leave appliances on standby. This will allow you to shift usage to daylight hours when your solar panels are producing.
If you would like to learn more about getting the most out of solar panels, Rockingham homeowners should speak to us. We specialise in solar power systems, and you’ll find the IBreeze team ready to answer any queries.
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