Once you have invested in your solar panels, keeping them running at an optimal level is important. While installing a solar system may see your bill drastically decrease, like Lorraine and Derek there are other ways you can decrease your electricity bill to make the most of your solar panels.
Know your usage and monitor your system:
Know when and how you are using your electricity and see if there are ways you can reduce it. For instance, change your lightbulbs to an energy-saving option like LED.
Use an Energy Management System to determine your peak energy production times and then maximise your energy use at these times, which means using your larger items when you are producing power and minimise their use at night. For some appliances, there is a ‘delay start’ feature which will allow you to specify when they should be in use.
Solar batteries: store your energy
Save on your bill by using the electricity your solar panels produce at night, this is done through storing the excess energy in batteries.
Change your energy plan
Once you have a smart meter installed, you may be able to change over to a ‘Time of Use’ (ToU) electricity plan, which is when your electricity use is charged at different prices during three different time periods – peak, shoulder and off peak.
If you are able to charge your batteries from the power grid, use the ToU pricing windows to find the lowest rate to charge your batteries in.
As soon as your panels are installed, add a reminder to your calendar to clean your panels every 6 months. Spray them with the hose and use a soft sponge to remove any stubborn dirt or bird poo. While you are cleaning your panels, take note of any pruning that needs to be done to reduce any shading issues.
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Sources: Ausgrid, 2020 <https://www.ausgrid.com.au/Your-energy-use/Meters/Time-of-use-pricing>