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Maximising Solar Savings

Released on 14 January 2019
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The City of Salisbury’s Infrastructure Team, who are highly experienced and knowledgeable in energy and lighting, have put together the following to ensure you’re getting the most ‘bang for your buck’ when it comes to energy. Below is the third of a three-part series on saving energy. This article is about tips for saving energy if you have solar. If you missed his first two pieces, we recommend you go back and read them  first.

So you’ve gone solar.

This is a massive decision and investment. Once your system is up and running there are a number of things you can do to optimise it and maximise the return on your investment.

Make hay while the sun shines

Remember, solar only produces power when the sun is out, and the solar PV system does NOT store any electricity. You can only store the energy your solar system produces if you also have a battery. If you don’t have a battery, it is really important you structure your energy use around the sun and do the following:

  • Put the dishwasher on in the morning.
  • Run the washing machine and dryer during the day.
  • Use your slow cooker so meals are ready when you get home.
  • Instead of ironing at night while watching TV, iron on Saturday or Sunday morning, while watching TV.
  • Don’t iron the one piece you need today, iron in batches so you are not heating the iron for one item.

Keep night time usage to a minimum

  • Security or sensor lights usually have higher wattage globes, consider LED for these, and turn the timer down to only what is needed.
  • Try and charge smartphones, music players, tablets and laptops during the day and run them on battery at night.
  • Use ceiling fans to cool bedrooms at night.
  • If you’re a little cold, use a blanket or jumper to keep warm rather than turning on the heater.
  • Close off rooms that are not in use to control loss of energy to those areas

If you have a battery or are considering getting one

We recommend reading the previous article in this series.  It looks at the types of batteries that are on the market and their strengths and weaknesses. If also details  how you might consume energy most efficiently, if you have a solar system, and a battery to store energy.