How to Make the Most Out of Your Solar Panels

Research shows that rooftop solar makes up 5% of the total electricity generation in Australia. In South Australia and Queensland alone 41-42% of homes already have solar panels. The percentage ranges between 13-31% in other states. In Gold Coast solar panel systems have received huge popularity in the recent years. The Gold Coast is generally a hot city and about 300 days of the year are sunny and hot. The residents of the Gold Coast would need to make use of this free commodity, and the best way is to turn it into energy.

An average home in the Gold Coast receives an average of 4.2 hours of full sunlight every day. If you have a 5kW solar panel in your home, you’ll be able to produce 21kWh of energy per day. This is more than enough energy for an average home in the Gold Coast.

But for you to get the most out of your solar system you need to re-think the way in which you consume energy within your home. Here are some tips to help you maximize the return on your investment.

Choose the right solar power system size

In Gold Coast solar panels for homes come in different sizes. The 4kW and 5kW systems are now available for homes at affordable prices. The question is how do you choose the right size for your home?

Understand the daytime energy consumption in your home. This entails taking an inventory of how appliances consume power during the day. The total energy consumed during the day will give you direction on the best solar panel to buy.

Know the average amount of daily sunlight in your region. Gold Coast receives an average of 4.2 peak sun hours. This means that a 5kW system will generate around (5kW x 4.2PSH)=21kWh of solar energy, which is enough for an average home.

Be in control of energy consumption in your home

Installing solar panels in your home is a great way to reduce energy costs. However, there is plenty more to be done if you want to make the most out of the panels. Energy consumption in your home is something that you can exercise a large degree of control. For instance, you might want to replace old devices with newer, energy efficient ones. Improving insulation in the house as well as having some discipline when it comes to leaving unused devices on or plugged in can save you a great deal of electricity. You might also need to change the routines of how you use electrical devices and appliances. For instance, using your dishwasher and washing machine during the day rather than after dark can maximize electricity generated from your solar panel.

Monitor productivity of the system

As a good consumer of solar energy, you will not only control electricity usage in your home, but also take note of how much power is produced by your solar power system. This will enable you to adjust your routines and behavior accordingly. These days, there are devices available for this purpose from various Gold Coast Solar panel suppliers.