Chances are, you’re currently spending a lot more time at home and using electricity throughout the day. Now is a great time to take these nine easy steps to increase the use of your solar and boost your savings:
Step #1: Check your solar is working.
Log in to your Solar Analytics dashboard and check out your Performance page. Everything a-ok? If not, check our advice for next steps. Our Support Centre has plenty of frequently asked questions, and you can also fill in a contact form there to find out more from our Support Team.
Step #2: Check your panels are clean.
Inspect your panels visually and have them cleaned if required. Mould and other build-up on panels will reduce your production.
Step #3: Identify your peak solar hours.
When are you producing solar right now? Head to your Production page and find a recent day with no cloud cover. Take note when your solar starts to ramp up, when it reaches its peak, and when it starts to ramp down again. This is your Solar Profile and it changes each season. Keep a copy of your Solar Profile next to significant appliances (we created a cheat sheet that you can print out).
Step #4: Update your tariff details.
Find a recent electricity bill, and head to your My Tariff page to make sure that your tariff details are correct so that you can see your Savings. (Note - we are currently making some improvements to this page - stay tuned)
Step #5: Test your appliances.
Use the Live Monitor at the top of your Dashboard to find out how much energy each of your appliances uses. Click on the round icon and you’ll see your live solar production and energy consumption. Now you can turn on appliances one at a time to see exactly how they work. Take note of each appliance usage in a chart that you can refer to anytime. You may find that some of your appliances are much more energy-hungry than others.
Step #6: Try loadshifting.
Now that you know your Solar Profile, and how much electricity your appliances use, you can schedule some of them to run during your Solar production hours. We call this ‘loadshifting’ or ‘self-consumption’ and if you are on a low solar feed-in-tariff (that’s most of us), it’s the single best way to get more savings from your solar system! If you are not at home, try using appliances that run on a timer, such as the pool pump, washing machine and dishwasher, or heating and cooling devices. If you are home during the day, this is a much easier task! Keep in mind that your solar production will drop with cloud cover, so keep an eye on your production too.
Step #7: Measure your savings.
Now that you are optimising the use of your solar, you can measure how much you can save by loadshifting. Use your Savings page on your Dashboard to see how much you are self-consuming, and how much your exporting, and the savings you are making and how it compares over time. Check out the Monthly Report page and go back in time to check previous months.
Step #8: Try the battery calculator.
If you haven’t had a chance to yet, you can use the Battery Calculator on your Dashboard to get an idea of what size battery would be suitable for your home based on your electricity usage, how much grid usage this would save, and your dollar savings per year.
Step #9 Share your results.
If your family and friends need a reason to consider solar, share your savings with them! Let them know how you are making your solar work for you, and gaining energy independence.
Let us know how you go! We’re keen to learn more about how you are getting the most from your solar.