Tips for Maximizing Your Solar Energy System
Solar energy offers many benefits, including the possibility to save a lot of money on your monthly energy bills and helping Mother Nature. You can optimize the efficiency of your solar system by a number of methods, whether you are considering solar energy or you have solar panels on your roof.
These are some simple tips that will help you make the most of your solar energy investment.
Ensure You Have the Right System for Your Home and Needs
Schedule an energy audit before you begin shopping for a solar power system for your home. An energy audit will help you determine your energy consumption and suggest ways to reduce it. An energy audit is possible even if you have had solar panels for many years. An energy audit will help you assess if your system is adequate or need to be upgraded.
Consider several factors when choosing a system. If you have more people in your family and you need to use energy more often, you may need more panels or higher-wattage panels. Florida has more direct sunlight than any other state. You may still need to store a large number of solar batteries.
Make Use of Your Solar Panels during the Day
Only sunlight can directly illuminate solar panels. You will need to rely on your batteries to power your appliances and gadgets as the sunsets. Your batteries will be depleted and will need to recharge throughout the day. Your batteries will not be over-drained by using as much energy as possible during the day.
Make sure your phones, tablets, and other devices are charged throughout the day. You should also make sure that any small appliances, including your robot vacuum, have rechargeable batteries. You can use your appliances throughout the day, but you should stop using them after sunset. As an easy way to remind them to shut off at night, you can place a timer on each appliance.
Make Your Appliances Work Smarter
Your solar energy will be drained by every appliance in your home. This includes your dishwasher, stove, dryer, and washer. Your solar energy will be depleted if you run your appliances continuously throughout the day. This can cause unnecessary strain on your system and drain your batteries.
Use your appliances sparingly, and, if possible, only one at a given time. If you are washing clothes, wait until the laundry is done before turning on your dishwasher. This will make sure you don’t use too much energy to run each appliance or the water heater.
Clean Your Solar Panels
Your solar panel’s efficiency can be affected by dirt, debris, leaves, and sand. A rain shower can often eliminate most of the debris. Cleaning is required to increase the efficiency of your solar panels if there is drought or if they are covered with too much dirt and debris. Cleaning solar panels on your roof is dangerous and could cause damage.
If your panels are on the ground, and you feel confident doing the job, you can clean the solar panels yourself. These are some simple ways to clean solar panels.
- To turn the system off, refer to your instruction manual. For more information, please contact the installer.
- Use a soft cloth or sponge to clean the panels. To avoid streaking and mineral buildup in hard water, you can use distilled water.
- The panels should be cleaned in the morning, or whenever it is cooler. Streaks can also be caused by too fast drying due to heat.
Solar panels should not be treated with abrasive chemicals. Before using a pressure washer to clean the panels, talk with the installer.
Yearly Maintenance Schedule
A professional inspection of your panels and batteries at least once per year is the best way to maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of your solar energy system.
These and other factors can impact the efficiency of your panels. A professional can help you determine whether they are affected. If the panels are not in the right place or moved, they will not receive enough sunlight to power your home.
Professionals can also spot minor damage before it becomes a major problem.
This post was written by Daniel Massaad, owner and expert solar technician at Energy Solutions Direct! ESD is the top choice for solar panels in Tampa! Our licensed and certified contractors are masters of their craft; with years of experience servicing the great Tampa Bay area and beyond, the choice is simple. ESD excels at offering you the best in solar value!