The beauty of solar installations lies in the heart of the power it harnesses – the sun. Yet, merely installing solar panels isn’t the be-all and end-all of the solar experience. To genuinely maximise your solar benefits, a change in your energy usage patterns can make a significant difference. For Australian homeowners and businesses, understanding and aligning energy habits with solar generation can boost savings and increase system efficiency.
Solar panels generate electricity when the sun is shining. In Australia, peak sunlight hours are typically between 9 am to 3 pm, depending on the season and location. That means, for homeowners, your solar system is working at its best during these hours.
However, a common lifestyle pattern sees many households use the bulk of their electricity during the early morning and late evening. This misalignment can lead to surplus energy generated by the solar system during the day being fed back to the grid, while drawing power from the grid during peak evening times.
Feed-in tariffs reward homeowners for feeding surplus energy back into the grid. These tariffs provide an additional incentive for having a solar installation. However, relying solely on feed-in tariffs might not be the best strategy for maximising the benefits of your solar system.
Firstly, the rate at which you’re compensated for the surplus energy, the feed-in tariff, is often lower than the rate you pay for consuming electricity from the grid. So, every unit of electricity you consume directly from your solar, rather than feeding it back and then drawing from the grid later, equates to more savings.
To get the most out of your solar installation, consider the following changes:
At Arkana Energy, our commitment to Australian homeowners extends beyond just installing solar panels. We believe in empowering you to make the most of your solar journey. By making simple changes to your energy habits, you can not only reduce your bills but also enhance the longevity and efficiency of your system.
With continually rising energy prices in Australia, now is the time to embrace solar, access rebates, and make informed choices about energy consumption. Every sunbeam counts!