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Tips for getting the most out of your solar panels

Naturally, once you have installed your solar panels, you will want to keep them running at an optimal level, to ensure that you make the most out of your investment.

Know your usage and monitor your system

Use an Energy Management System to determine your peak energy production times and then maximise your energy use for these periods. A simple way to do this is to time your appliances.

Solar batteries: store your energy

Use excess electricity produced by your solar panels at night. This can be done through storing the excess energy in batteries.

Change your energy plan

Review your energy plan with your retailer, and see what their competition is up to! Canstar has created a simple table to help you compare rates.


Solar panels are the most effective when they’re clean. Luckily, most home solar panel installations are almost self cleaning, as the occasional rain shower does most of the work for you. However, we’d still recommend that you organise for a licensed electrician to come to your home and clean your panels within a year of installation.

Find an electrician on the Brighte Marketplace.

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.