Guest Blog from Solar Voltaics – one of our solar PV Approved Installers.
So how do you make the most of your Solar PV installation? Here Mike Turner, managing director of Solar Voltaics, shares his favourite tips to maximise the energy you generate and feed as little back into the grid, saving you money as well as reducing harmful carbon emissions.
When you take the important decision to install solar panels on your property, it is important to re-look at how and when you use electricity, as you are now effectively your own power generation site. Your panels will provide power for free, and by maximising when and how you use them, you will become less reliant on the national grid and will save money.
1. Use high-energy appliances during the day.
Washing machines, dishwashers etc., are all high-energy users. Change your habits and make sure you use these during day light hours when your panels are generating power.
2. Monitor your system
You Solar PV installation will typically be supplied with a monitoring system; this will typically be an app on your phone. Keep an eye on the numbers to make sure the system is working and generating power.
3. Switch to LED light bulbs
Energy saving measures such as switching your lights to LED or turning off stand-by devices all add up to saving electricity.
4. Install a Smart meter
Smart meters help you identify your energy usage throughout the day and help you become more energy smart and change your consumption behaviour.
5. Battery storage
Consider adding battery storage to increase the levels of solar self-consumption. The battery will store any excess electricity you generate during the day, so instead of feeding it back to the national grid, you can instead use it when your panels are not generating power.
6. Reduce shading on panels
Keep an eye on trees and bushes that may cause shading on your roof. Shading reduces the efficiency of the panels and the amount of power generated.
7. Choose an MCS accredited installer
Once installed your Solar PV system will be on your roof and generating electricity for at least 20-years. It’s important to ensure you choose a reputable accredited installer for a reliable installation and a system that is less likely to develop faults over time.
Solar Voltaics, located just 10-miles from Portsmouth, has been working in partnership with Portsmouth City Council for over 7-years installing Solar PV and Tesla battery storage systems on schools, care homes, flats and public buildings. It has installed over 10 Mega Watts of Solar PV throughout the UK; it is MCS approved and one of Portsmouth City Council’s approved ‘Switched On Portsmouth’ installers.
Solar Voltaics are one of our Switched On Portsmouth Approved Installers. For more information please visit our Approved Installer page here.