Solar panels are great ways of generating electricity. They used to be prohibitively expensive, but now prices have gone down. With this, an increasing number of Aussies retrofit their homes with solar panels to save on their power bills. It’s not just economical, but eco-friendly as well.
So if your home has solar, follow the tips below to maximise your clean energy source and minimise dependence on the grid.
Tips for making the most of your Panels
Clean them regularly
Solar panels can get dusty and dirty over time. Anything from fallen leaves to bird droppings can block sunlight from entering your solar panels. Therefore, you have to make sure that they are clean and free of obstructions. A reasonable interval for cleaning is every 6 to 12 months.
Use electricity mostly during daytime
Of course, solar panels need sunlight to power your home. To get the most out of this free energy, schedule most of your energy use during the day. For example, charge your gadgets at day and unplug them at night. You can also do your vacuuming, dishwashing, and laundry while the sun is up. This way, the solar panels will service more of your energy needs.
Avoid running too many power-hungry appliances at the same time
Using your washing machine alongside your dishwasher, as well as the refrigerator and the HVAC, may exceed your solar panels’ capacity. But if you use fewer appliances at once, you can conserve power.
For example, you could do the laundry first and wait for the washing machine to complete its cycles. Afterwards, that’s when you turn on the dishwasher. Once the dishes are done, you can then vacuum the carpets. With this, you increase your home’s energy efficiency.