Having solar panels installed on your roof does not automatically save you a lot of money. To do so, you must make an effort to follow some guidelines on how to utilize the energy they provide. It involves discipline and habits. People may find it difficult at first, but it would be very rewarding when you start getting the hang of it. To maximize your solar panels’ potential, here are a few tips you can apply in your household!
Proper timing of energy consumption
As you would already know, solar panels get their energy from the sun. It means that they produce the most energy during the sunniest times of the day.
Solar panels are most efficient between 10 am to 4 pm. You should make it a habit to use your big appliances during these times because the solar panels would be able to supply the energy they need. These include your dishwashers, washing machines, pool heaters, and the like. By shifting your use of these appliances during mid-day, you will save a lot of money.
We know that it would be quite challenging to do this right away, especially since people have work. The peak consumption hours of electricity from the grid are between 7 to 9 am in the morning and 6 to 8 pm. However, if you can plan ahead and set timers on your appliances for them to run during specific times of the day, it would be great.
Just keep in mind that your solar system does not produce a constant energy amount the whole day. Maximize them during mid-day, and you are good to go!
Using one big appliance at a time
This is another tip that involves timing. Unlike the grid, your solar panels can only produce energy relative to the size of your roof. They are not capable of supplying electricity to all your appliances and gadgets at the same time. To save money, try to schedule the use of your big appliances such that only one will run at a time. It will ensure that you’re only consuming electricity produced by your solar panels and not from the grid.
For example, if you are using your dishwasher, let it finish up first before using your vacuum cleaner. It may sound inefficient, but it would save you money if you do so. Remember that you must not consume more electricity than your solar panels are producing to avoid dipping back into the grid.
Unplug unused appliances from the wall
Most people do not realize that their appliances, even when turned off, are still consuming electricity. This is called “standby” electricity loss. All things plugged in will draw some energy. Yes, they consume much less energy when turned off, but these will accumulate over time and add a big chunk to your electricity bill, which is basically wasted money. It may be a big adjustment for you, but it’s a good practice.
Whatever it is that’s not in use, unplug it. So if you’re done watching the TV for the night, get up from your bed and unplug it before you sleep because your solar panels would not offset its consumption.
A Final Word
There you have it! These are three simple steps you can follow to save money with your solar panels. Following these will help you utilize your solar panels better and become more independent from the grid.
If you want a solar panel installation on your roof, contact us at Yorkshire Roofing! We will take care of everything and make sure that you will get a hassle-free service. You’ll be able to start producing your own electricity in no time!