We may be a little way off from total grid independence being attainable through solar panels, but that does not mean you cannot maximise how much energy your panels generate and how much self-sufficiency you can attain.
There are a few things you can do to aid in your adoption of renewable energy that further reduces grid power costs.
Make Use of Roof Space
The more solar panels you have installed on your roof, the more energy you are seeing generated.
Depending on the factors of how much roof space you have, the direction your roof faces and the amount you have in your budget to allow for it, you can double your output by installing newer panels alongside existing ones. If you are in an area that gets a lot of sunshine and less stormy weather and cloud, this can go a long way to improving your investment.
One of the best ways to reduce your grid dependence is by the use of a battery storage system. This prevents energy wastage and offers a backup in the event of grid failure.
Having a battery allows for storing excess energy generated that is not required for use straight away. When days come along where generation is low, you have a reserve that is stored and goes a long way to keeping those colder evenings warmer.
Battery storage is an additional cost on top of a solar panel system as they are not always included when first installed.
Considering certain lifestyle adjustments can go a long way towards cutting down on grid dependence and utility bills.
This can be achieved by using electricity at certain times of the day and replacing certain appliances with more energy-efficient models or alternatives. By being more conscious of your consumption and realising that not every appliance requires powering day and night, you stand to be surprised how much this can save in the long run.
One of the simplest ways of getting the most out of your solar panel system is having as many panels installed as possible, alongside large battery storage. The more panels you have in operation the more energy is being created – which greatly reduces your reliance on grid power.
If you have concerns over rising grid power costs and want to make the switch to renewable energy and having grid independence alternatives, contact the team at Positive Energy Solutions today to discuss how solar panel cost can be a great investment for your home.