You’ve made the smart choice to go solar and produce free energy from the sun. Here are 4 easy ways you can save even more on your energy bills with solar!
- Run appliances during the day
A smart way to take full advantage of the sun, is to set the time of use of typical household appliances such as pool pumps, dishwashers and washing machines to during the day while the sun is out. When the sun is out, your solar panels are generating free energy for the house, so it’s the best time to wash your clothes or run the pool pump as these appliances use a high amount of energy.
It’s a great idea to stagger appliance use so you don’t exceed the amount of energy you are producing at any one point in time. If you work during the day, it is an opportunity for you to use the feature of a timer, or begin the load as you leave for the day.
- Monitor your production
Smart solar systems allow you to monitor energy production in real-time via your smartphone or computer. By logging into your energy management platform, you can monitor your energy consumption, make sure your system is running efficiently and control appliance use from any location.
- Heat or cool your home earlier in the day
The heating and cooling of your home can typically account for up to 50 per cent of your total energy usage, in peak weather periods. You can reduce your energy cost by setting your air conditioner to begin in the afternoon to cool the entire home with the power of the sun. By doing so, when you arrive home, you won’t be as inclined to set the air conditioner on full blast to cool the home quickly. Setting the room temperature to comfortable 22°C can save you on your energy consumption during peak periods.
- Don’t forget to service your system
It’s a common misconception that solar doesn’t need servicing because it has no moving parts, however, for the longevity of your system and the safety of your household, it is important to get your system serviced annually.
The system can build up with sand, dust and debris as it is exposed to the harsh elements everyday. Due to the electrical nature of a solar system, an inspection by a qualified solar technician is a must to ensure the safety and reliance of your solar.