Ready to switch to solar but unsure how you can actively use solar to reduce energy charges? Here’s our top tips on how to save with solar!
Tip #1 – Get your pool pump working while the sun is out
Reduce your running costs by having your pool pump working while the sun is out and the solar is generating free energy for your household.
Ensure that your pump is set to begin when the solar system reaches the required energy amount and switches off before it stops running for the day.
Tip #2 – Use timers on appliances
If you have a timer on your dishwasher or washing machine, use it.
Set your dishwasher or washing machine to work during the day while the sun is out.
Ensure that your dishwasher is full and, on an economy setting, same with your washing load.
If you don’t have a timer on your appliances, switch them on just before you leave for work or your outing, so that you can harness some of the free solar energy to power your appliances.
Tip #3 – Keep updated on your energy consumption with energy monitoring
You will finally have real-time visibility on the daily cost on energy in the household.
There will be days that there is a higher consumption rate than others, be sure to keep on top of it and really know how much energy you are using.
The greatest benefit of energy monitoring is that you have real-time information on your energy usage, and can minimise any wasted usage e.g. standby loads.
Tip #4 – Ensure your panels are free of debris
Build-up of debris and shading will have a direct affect on the total energy output of your solar panel system.
It is imperative that you ensure that there is no debris on the panels to minimise the event of minimal solar generation.
Your energy monitoring system will be able to tell you if there is a decrease in solar production, by keeping to up to date with your monitoring, you will know if there’s an issue with the system sooner rather than later.
Tip #5 – Minimise standby loads
Standby loads are the appliances/devices that are constantly either on or set to standby, ready to use when you need it e.g. entertainment consoles.
If you find the use of these appliances is quite irregular, ensure that it is switched off at the plug and only drawing on energy when required.
These loads can often make up a large portion of your energy spend.
This will ensure that your solar is powering more of your household appliances that you are actually using, rather than those on standby.
Over 2 million Australian households have installed solar. With State Governments announcing rebate and subsidy programs to reduce the initial outlay on households, it has never been a better time to install solar.
Talk to a Solar Specialist today.