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How to Get More from Your Solar Power

HOW TO GET MORE FROM YOUR SOLAR POWER

If you have a rooftop solar installation or are considering a solar system in your Temecula home, you are already are aware of the money you will save on utility bills.  The more the sun shines on your solar panels, the more electricity they generate, and you can improve the effectiveness of your system and using the best practices for optimum solar energy efficiency. Your solar installer will help you choose the best location for your panels for the best value.

Here Are Some Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Solar Power System

ENERGY USAGE

Find out when your solar panels are the most productive. There are smart apps that will monitor your solar energy panels by showing how much power the panels generate, how much power you use, and how much goes back to the grid.  Then you will know when your system is the most productive.

Adjust your power usage. Find out which devices or appliances in your home use the most power and use them when your solar system is generating the most.  You can also program appliances to run during those times with smart apps.

Coordinate your Time of Use rates with your Solar System’s optimum output to run your most expensive appliances like washer and dryer during the times of lowest rates.

Stagger your consumption. Using many appliances and devices at the same time could lead to using more power than your system is generating causing you to use more expensive energy from your utility provider.

Use smart plugs or power strips for standby electrical devices so they can be off instead of pulling electricity when not in use.  TV’s, DVD players, and other devices on standby can add to your monthly consumption unnecessarily. With a smart plug, you can keep your DVR plugged in while the other devices are off until you intend to use them.

Use timers on your appliances and run during your optimum solar generation.

Led lights only use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last a lot longer.

Motion sensor lights in hallways and on your porch will cut down on unnecessary lighting.

Energy Star appliances use nearly 40 percent less energy.

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Weatherize your home.  Don’t lose what your panels generate through leaky windows or doors.

Keep your panels clean by clearing debris, such as leaves or branches or dirt to avoid a reduction in energy yield.  You can schedule a cleaning with your solar panel provider or consider installing a cleaning system

Keep trees and foliage trimmed, so they aren’t blocking or shading your panels from the sun and ensure falling branches do not damage your panels.

Store power for your home to make up for when your panels are not generating enough energy. Semper Solaris can install an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall backup battery for surplus power. The combination of solar panels with a backup battery can meet nearly 90 percent of your energy needs when you need more.

Get a 25-year warranty with Semper Solaris solar power installations.

Temecula homeowners are joining the solar revolution.  If you have not installed solar in your home, prices are lower than they ever have been with rebates and tax incentives.  Call Semper Solaris for an evaluation of your home and take advantage of lower energy costs and reduced carbon footprint. We can help join your neighbors and go solar.

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