Switching to renewable energy is a good way to help protect the environment, reduce costs, and increase energy independence and security, therefore many homeowners have chosen to invest in solar panels.
Once this investment has been made, it is important to get the most out of them!
To save as much money on your monthly energy costs as possible, AW Electrics have complied this handy guide to maximising the output of your solar panels.
Using electric appliances such as your washing machine, dish washer, tumble dryer and electric oven during the day rather than during the evening, can help you get the most out of your solar power system.
This is because the electricity output generated by your solar panels is at its highest during the daytime, when the sun is shining.
By using your electric appliances during the day, you can take advantage of this excess electricity and reduce your reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
So, be sure to plan ahead and put the washing on before you head out to work in the morning!
To gain the biggest benefits of the free electricity your solar panels are generating, it is a good idea to invest in an energy storage system.
Without a battery, you will need to use any electricity produced by your solar panels as it’s being produced.
Installing a battery allows you to effectively extend the daylight hours by storing the excess energy that your solar panels produce during the day, so you can use that energy later in the evening.
This can be especially useful if you are unable to run your appliances during daylight hours.
Energy storage systems help you minimise the electricity you use from the grid, which will further reduce your energy bills and carbon footprint
It is worth noting that solar panels can still generate electricity during the winter, even on cloudy days, although the amount of electricity they produce may be less than in the summer.
This is because the shorter days and longer nights in the winter reduces the amount of time that the solar panels are able to generate electricity.
However, solar panels are still able to generate some electricity in the winter, even when it is overcast as they can capture the sunlight that is able to pass through the clouds.
The amount of electricity they produce can vary depending on the location, the type and efficiency of the panels.
Solar panels require minimal maintenance as they do not contain any moving parts.
However, they do require regular cleaning.
It is important to keep your solar panels clean and free of debris, as dust and dirt can reduce their efficiency.
Use a soft brush or sponge and a gentle biodegradable soap to remove grime from the panels. Never use an abrasive sponge or harsh cleaning solution or you risk damaging your solar panels.
Using energy-efficient appliances and lighting will reduce the overall energy demand on your system.
This can help you save money, reduce your environmental impact, and conserve natural resources. It’s a win-win for you and the planet!
If you are thinking of moving over to safer, cleaner, affordable, reliable solar energy, why not call AW Electrics today?
Our friendly team can answer your questions and let you know our installation availability.
The start of your green journey to cut energy bills and your carbon footprint is just a phone call away.