How to make the most of your solar power

Learn how to make the most of solar power when you are at work, stuck in traffic or running errands.

This is great if you’re at home running the dishwasher, watching TV or working from home, but if you’re not, it’s not much use to you.

But there are some easy ways you can make the most of your solar even when you’re at work, stuck in traffic or running errands. Here’s how (and believe me, it’s easier than you think!).

1. Monitor your solar usage.

AGL solar monitoring measures when you use power and when the most power is available.

“AGL can provide you with an online tool to show you your solar production. If you’re thinking of getting solar, this will be provided as standard by AGL or if you already have solar you can get monitoring added to your system.

Checking your online monitoring tool will provide you with solar production and electricity consumption profiles.” Says AGL Head of Solar Technology Louise McSweeney.

2. Put your appliances on delay timers.

Once you’re familiar with your monitoring system, Louise recommends shifting your energy requirements from the peak evening times to during the day.

“Many appliances can be put on a delay timer, so you can stagger usage throughout the peak daylight hours.”

3. Make time for maintenance.

Pencil in some regular maintenance and cleaning to ensure your solar system is operating at its maximum potential. Supplied monitoring will eliminate the need to schedule annual cleans and services when they are not required. The online tool will identify when there is a dip in production and what will need to be done to correct this.

However, if you don’t have a monitoring system, you should try to schedule a clean once a year.

Autumn is a great time to undertake maintenance, as your system will then be in peak condition coming into the winter months when your solar production may be slightly reduced. It’s also a good time to check for overhanging tree branches that may need to be trimmed that could impede your solar production.

4. Get in the professionals.

When it comes to ensuring everything is in top shape, it’s best to enlist the professionals to give everything a once-over annually. This work should be done by a professional who is solar accredited with the Clean Energy Council.

Now that you have these four handy tips, it’s time to put them to good use and get the most out of your solar.

Are you curious about what happens to solar production in winter? Find out about clouds, storms and rain and your solar power here.