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Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Solar PV Installation

Green Lifestyle  (tags: environment, eco-friendly, energy, protection )

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Installing solar PV on your home is a great way to reduce your electricity bills and your carbon footprint. However there are ways you can get the most out of your system, therefore maximising your savings and also doing your bit to help save the world

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Kit B (276)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 9:41 am

Good information for those who have been able to convert to solar.

Cher C (1429)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 10:35 am

Thnx Kit!!!


Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday September 7, 2013, 11:22 am
I wish Solar and Wind power was affordable.

Inge B (202)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 12:32 am
A hopeful future

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. (0)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 6:27 am
Very interesting, Cher. Thanks for sharing.

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday September 8, 2013, 9:48 am
Doing my little bit and I am getting paid for my over production of energy which amounts to hundreds of $ every bill.. Getting paid? My billing company is hanging on to my CR and is reluctant to pay. I spend a lot of time on their call centre begging for my CR. Now they will loose my gas account to teach them a lesson ( I am locked in on my solar acc. for another 3 years). that does not even rattle them. I cancelled all accounts from my second home which my daughter manages. No reaction, after all their call centres are in Asia, they don'give a damn. The company is Origin, Asian owned and absolutely useless, I am phasing them out, so do my friends.
I need my CR payments to pay off the system, but they hang on to my CR as long as they can, as soon as I type my acc..number on the phone I get disconnected. They know how to screw their customers, but for how long?

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:41 am
Godd !
From the article:
"Use appliances during the day: Solar panels work by converting the energy in sunlight into electricity. This is done mostly during optimum conditions the daytime. Therefore by using appliances during the day, the electricity being generated is used straight away.

Washing machines, dishwashers and vacuum cleaners especially use a lot of power typically around 2500W. When using them in daylight, even a low light day will supplement the energy usage, and a sunny day may power the whole operation.

Use timers: many people are at work during the day, so do not have the ability to utilise the sunny hours. By using timers on appliances in your home you can set your washing machine or dishwasher for example to start during the day. This not only means you get the most out of your solar, it also means you will get home to fresh dishes and your washing done!
Pull the plug: many electrical appliances run in the background when they are not switched off at the plug, and this can use more electricity than you realise. Switch off your TV, chargers, and any other items that could be running on standby.
Stagger your electricity usage: Using electricity during the day is the most effective way to get the most out of your solar panels. However if you use everything at once, you may still be importing the extra electricity needed from the grid. Stagger your energy usage throughout the day to maximise your solar energy; and keep this in mind when setting timers too.
Generate hot water from solar: By installing a solar immersion switch alongside your solar PV system, you can use the excess electricity generated by your PV to power your immersion heater. This means that you would get as much of the free energy generated by your system as possible. The switch works with intelligent controls which react to household demand, which means that is more electricity is needed somewhere else in your home, the electricity will be diverted there.
Monitor your electricity: you can use a system monitor to access your generation and electricity consumption. Some monitors will work with your computer, smart phone or tablet so that you can access these figures easily. By utilising this information, you can work out how much energy you are generating at a given time, and then tailor your electricity usage to this so that you only use the energy your solar is producing. EvoEnergy have a range of monitoring systems and other devices to help you get the most out of your solar PV system.
Convert your lighting to low energy: as most lights are used at night when the PV system is not generating, it is beneficial to intall low energy or LED light bulbs. This will reduce the amount of energy the light needs to power itself, which will save you money on your bills. "

In the case that the link does not work -- these are some of the main poinat of the article quoted above!

Ruth R (246)
Wednesday December 25, 2013, 4:43 am
If you have plenty of solar panels that get plenty of sunlight -- you will not have to do this.
Alo, If you have enough wind turbines and solar energy fed into the system that you use -- you will not have to deal with this kind of situation. Still it is good to know what to do in this situation -- though in a way that you can enjoy it !
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