While your solar power system may continue to function throughout the wet and cold winter months, it will likely produce less energy due to the shorter days. Despite the reduction, your solar panels should still function properly. However, following the below tips will help you avoid relying on the regular electrical grid and make the most of your solar system on days when there isn’t much sunlight.
Use energy-efficient appliances and conserve power
Traditionally on mains power you’re encouraged to use your appliances at night to save money on your electricity bill. However, with solar power, the opposite is true. During the day, your solar panel system will generate the most electricity. That’s why, throughout the winter, it’s a good idea to use your appliances like the washing machine and dishwasher during the day when they have more electricity.
Furthermore, if you have a solar battery, investing in appliances that run more effectively with less energy use is a fantastic method to allow your system to have extra electricity to power other appliances later. You may even save even more energy by using smart gadgets that switch off appliances and lights when you leave the house.
Store solar power with a solar battery
The addition of a solar battery is an excellent investment for any solar power system. However solar batteries, are most beneficial in winter, allowing you to store power generated from your solar panels when they are getting sunlight, enabling you to use it when there isn’t.
Geraldton Solar Force sells Tesla Powerwall solar batteries which are perfect for those trying to make the most of their solar power systems. The Tesla Powerwall can detect power outages, and allows you to monitor your home’s energy production and consumption through an app, which is great to see your power needs during those chilly winter months.
Check on your solar panels
Because your solar panels are located on top of your roof, they are subjected to all of winter’s wrath, including rain, hail, and wind. During the winter, you should inspect your solar panels to verify that they haven’t been significantly damaged by hail and that no branches or leaves have been blown over them by accident.
Upgrade your system
If your solar system is struggling to generate enough electricity for your requirements during the colder months, upgrading your system might be a viable option. Adding extra panels to your system allows you to generate more power throughout the winter and the rest of the year, Instead of drawing power from the grid. This will help you save money on your energy costs.