If you have recently installed a solar system on your roof, chances are you’re expecting a much lower electricity bill than ones you have received in the past. Going solar is a great way to reduce both your bill and your carbon footprint and there are a few simple things you can do to ensure you’re getting the most out of your solar.

Usage Times

Your rooftop solar system produces electricity during the day when the sun in shining brightest. Although the best time for solar production is throughout the day, most homes use majority of their power during the evening when everyone is home watching TV, cooking in the kitchen and using lights. By using appliances strategically to align with daytime solar production, households can ensure they get the most out of their solar.

  • Try to use large appliances like dishwashers and washing machines during the day so that they use produced solar power to reduce the amount of power drawn from the grid.
  • Charge your laptop, smartphone or tablet during the day
  • Set timers on large appliances to turn off before sunset

Storage batteries

Majority of South Australian households aren’t at home during the day and use majority of their electricity at night. This can be frustrating for solar homeowners to produce electricity during the day but have to buy back the same energy from the grid later on at a much higher rate. Using a solar battery can allow households to store excess energy produced by a system during the day making it ready to use at night. By using your solar during the day and your battery in the evening, households can dramatically reduce their dependence on the grid. The South Australian Governments’ Home Battery Scheme can save residents up to $6,000 off the purchase of a solar battery. To learn more about how you can take advantage of the home battery scheme visit the Home Battery Scheme.

Maintenance

It’s important to ensure your solar panels are clean and in working order to produce electricity. Over time solar panels can build up dirt, mould or debris reducing the amount of sunlight they receive which can affect electricity production. By booking in a service of your solar system, you can ensure your households solar panels are performing their best.