Auswell Energy shares fours ways you can get the most energy absorption from your solar power system during the shorter winter days.
Brisbane has now officially left the summer months, and with winter on the horizon, you may be worried about how much energy your solar power system is absorbing during the shorter days. With winter only accounting for 20.2% of the yearly amount of sunlight, we understand your concern. To combat the lower amount of sunlight, here are four ways that you can get the most out of your solar panels during the cooler weather.
1. Make sure your solar panels are clean.
Before daylight hours start getting shorter, check that your solar panels are clean. Removing dirt, leaves, branches, or any other kind of debris from your panels will mean that they will be able to absorb as much energy as possible. You should also check that there are no branches or other objects casting shadows on your panels during the day.
2. Adjust the angle of your panels.
In the Brisbane winter, the angle of the sun is different to the summer months. Thus, if your installed system allows, you may need to adjust the position of your solar power system to account for the position of the sun. If you’re unsure about whether you’re able to adjust your solar panels, contact the solar experts at Auswell.
3. Invest in a solar battery.
You can supplement your energy storage by investing in a solar battery to go along with your solar system. This allows you to take advantage of sunny Brisbane winter days to extend your electricity consumption in the evenings. Solar batteries are also helpful in the event of a power outage. At Auswell Energy, we recommend the Tesla Powerwall – learn more here.
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4. Optimise your energy usage.
To make up for the lessened amount of daylight hours, you can help balance out your energy usage by considering how you are using your appliances during winter – could you be taking more steps to save energy? This can be as simple as making some energy-saving swaps like only running your high-energy appliances (such as the dishwasher) during sunny days. You can also consider swapping to appliances with better energy ratings and using warm LED lights.
By implementing these small changes, you can get the most out of your electricity usage during the shorter winter days. If you have any questions about how you can get the most out of your solar energy system during the Brisbane winter, contact the experts at Auswell Energy – one of the leading providers and installers of solar power systems for homes on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Tweed Heads. (View our solar installation packages)
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