Many people have Solar installed without understanding the best way to utilise their system. They assume if the sun is out then the system must be working and they’re going to see a dramatic decrease in their electricity bills – job done!
Unfortunately, it’s not that simple!
To really benefit from having solar you must understand how the system works, how to maintain it and when to use the energy produced.
How does solar energy work?
Sunlight hits the solar panel on your roof, then the PV solar panels convert the energy to direct current electricity. This direct current flows to the inverter, which converts it to an alternating current. The alternating electric current is what is then used to power your home.
The solar energy that is generated during the day must also be used during daylight hours. Some people make the mistake of thinking all the daytime energy is stored up and can be used into the evening once the sun has set. This is only the case when a battery storage system is installed.
Changing your Routine
Making some slight changes in your everyday routine can help you reap the benefits and get the most out of your Solar.
When it comes to using your large load consuming home appliances, such as your water heater, pool pump, washing machine, tumble dryer and dishwasher, put these on a timer when you know your solar panels are absorbing the most sunlight and energy.
Also, for any electrical items that need charging, for example, your mobile phone, laptop and other gadgets, they can be charged during the day and disconnected during the evening.
If you’re also one of the 15.4% of homeowners in Western Australian with a swimming pool, your solar panels will work in your favour and save you money on heating your pool. Also investing in a timer would keep you within the daylight hours to absorb the most from your system.
Various mobile apps can now control your home appliances, including vacuums and washing machines, making it easier to utilise your solar energy during the peak time of day even if you’re not home!
If you’re thinking of upgrading your home appliances, look for makes and models that have a high EECA Energy Star rating. Choose the best option that fits in with your lifestyle and cuts down on usage, this can save you money in the long run.
If you’re thinking about getting solar installed, upgraded or looking for advice on how to get the most out of your system, give JFK Electrical, Solar & Air a call today!
This article is published in good faith and for general informational purposes only. It does not constitute an estimate or quote for any specific service. This article is not intended to replace consultation with a licensed technician.