Many property owners who install solar on their home experience a great deal of excitement from seeing their reduced energy costs from clean, renewable solar energy. This feeling is often followed by thoughts of how they can further maximize their system’s performance to see even more significant savings. If this describes you, or maybe you’re just curious, here are four steps you can take to further optimize your solar panel’s performance:
1. Optimize your home’s energy efficiency
Regardless of if you have panels or not, it’s a good idea to take steps to make your home as energy-efficient as possible. This could include things like upgrading to energy-efficient appliances, unplugging inactive electronics, installing energy efficient light-bulbs, sealing air leaks, and improving insulation. By reducing your overall energy usage, you’ll be able to make the most of the power generated by your solar panels.
2. Monitor your energy usage
Once your solar panels are installed, it’s important to keep track of how much energy your home is using and when. This will help you identify any inefficiencies or areas where you can make additional energy-saving improvements. Many apps and devices can help you monitor your energy usage in real time, including the solar monitoring software available via most solar installers.
3. Consider battery storage
If you live in an area with variable weather conditions or frequent power outages, investing in battery storage can be a smart choice. This will allow you to store excess energy generated by your solar panels for use during times when the sun isn’t shining or during power outages.
4. Keep your system clean and free of debris
Although solar panels are almost completely maintenance free, one way to optimize their performance is occasionally rinse them off with a hose to help to remove any dirt, dust, and other debris.
NOTE: It’s important to use the proper cleaning techniques when cleaning your solar panels, as using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials can damage the panels and reduce their lifespan.
Contact All Energy Solar today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you make the switch to clean, renewable energy.