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Summer Sun: Four tips for optimising your solar power system

Get the most out of your solar panels and maximise your energy bill savings during the warmer months.

With summer here, take advantage of long days and stronger sun rays.

To help you get the most out of your solar system this summer, here are 4 quick tips.

Tip 1: Organise a clean of your solar panels

As your system is connected to an active electrical current, you will need a professional to safely disconnect the system, access your roof using safe height practices, and reconnect your system after the cleaning is completed. While the electrician is cleaning the solar panels, they can also check the panels for any cracks.

Tip 2: Install a solar battery

A battery stores any excess energy generated from your solar system during the day, allowing you to use this energy at night, which in turn minimises your reliance on the grid and further reduces your energy bill. If you would like a quote for a solar battery, head to the Brighte Marketplace for a list of battery installers that service your neighbourhood. You can also check out whether you can take advantage of any government rebates for solar batteries.

Tip 3: Time your appliances

Use your appliances during off-peak electricity times, typically late at night or on the weekend. If you power your washing machine on the weekend during the day, for instance, you will be using the energy provided by your solar panels and, if required, the energy from your retailer at a lower rate.

During the week, you can also time your appliances with a delayed start, so you can pack your dishwasher in the morning and have it running at lunchtime. 

Check-in with your energy provider to find out when their off-peak times are and how much you could save by using your appliances at these times.

Tip 4: Reduce shadows

Shadows from trees on your solar panels can reduce your energy output. You can trim back the trees and make sure no other objects are casting shade on your roof or on your solar panels.

Any more tips? Let us know!

The information contained in this article is general in nature and does not take into account your personal situation. You should consider whether the information is appropriate to your needs and, where appropriate, seek professional advice.