For some Australian states, Daylight savings finished up over the weekend, meaning in our house we had to turn all our clocks back an hour, as well as adjust our load energy usage patterns (see our blog post on load shifting).
April is a great time to re-visit your solar profile and make adjustments to ensure you're using your appliances at the right time. Download our handy Energy Stats cheat sheet printable to fill-in and stick up in your laundry (or wherever your major appliances are).
First up, check your tariffs. You can find them on your latest electricity bill, and they may be flat rate (one rate all the time), or time-of-use (different rates for peak, shoulder and off-peak). Also check your solar feed-in-tariff to see how much money you are receiving for the excess solar that you haven't used and have exported to the grid. If you haven't already, update your Solar Analytics dashboard settings to make sure your tariffs are correct (making your savings information more accurate). Then note these tariffs on your cheat sheet.
Next, if you are on a time-of-use tariff, check with your electricity distributor to see if there have been any changes to the time periods. Note these times on your cheat sheet also.
Now, check the times that your solar production curve starts to ramp up, when it reaches a useful level for most of your appliances, and when your production finishes for the day. You might have to scroll backward to get a mostly sunny day with a clear production curve. If you are in a daylight savings state, make sure you look only from 1st April 2018 onwards. Add these time periods to your cheat sheet.
Now you will have a great overview of your daily electricity stats. If you are on a lower feed-in-tariff than your electricity usage charges, you'll be best off using your appliances during your daytime solar production curve hours. But watch out - if your peak tariff kicks in during your solar production hours, you may want to make sure you don't use more than your solar during that period.
Note: those with very high solar feed-in-tariffs, such as some sites in Queensland, may want to ensure that they are not using any energy during their solar-producing hours in order to take advantage of the higher price they receive for exporting their solar.
Keep your cheat sheet near a major appliance (like your pool pump control, or in your laundry) where everyone can take note of the time periods.