With your solar system already installed, you’re likely to be enjoying all the benefits already (especially those reduced energy bills!). With things humming along smoothly as they are, you might think you’re already getting the most out of your solar system. And you could be! But did you know, you should be able to maximise the benefits of your solar system even further? We look at how you can get the most out of your solar system, with these post-installation tips.
Monitor your system
Like anything worth having, you’ll want to keep an eye on it. So once your solar system is installed, it’s a good idea to check on it regularly, to ensure everything is running correctly. Most inverters come with software that allows you to see how much energy your solar panels are producing, and how much energy your home is using.
Time your energy usage
Most households are made up of flatmates or couples working standard 9am – 5pm jobs. Which means, most people are out of the house during peak electricity times. So if you’re not home during the day, and you don’t have a battery storage solution attached to your solar system, then you may not be using all the energy your solar system is producing. The best thing to do in this scenario, is to time your energy usage. This could simply mean setting and running your washing machine or dishwasher during the day, when your solar panels are producing the most amount of energy.
Look for energy-efficient appliances
Upgrading your appliances now that you’ve got solar? Look for energy-efficient appliances! They’re a great way to get the most out of your solar system. They use less electricity, therefore they use less of the energy your solar system produces – meaning you can use this energy elsewhere! So if you’re shopping for new appliances, take note of the energy star label and choose accordingly.
Check your batteries
If you have a hybrid solar system (which includes a battery storage solution), it’s a must to check your battery regularly. Just follow the manufacturer’s instructions for checking your battery, and replace as required. Because batteries can degrade over time, which impacts their performance.
Audit your energy usage
During our initial solar assessment, we ask a lot of questions to understand how and when you use energy, so that we can design your perfect solar system. But household patterns can change over time. If this happens, it can be worth getting an energy audit from a provider (us or your utility provider, for example), to assess your home’s energy usage and identify areas where you can improve even more.
So, with regular monitoring and a conscious use of energy, your solar system should provide you maximum value for many years to come. Need help with anything we’ve outlined? Call us on 1300 4 SOLAR.