At AWPS Renewable Energy Ltd, Nigeria’s #1 provider of premium quality solar power, we have put together 5 top tips to ensure you maximize your solar energy system to its full potential:
Use your appliances during the day
If possible, try and use as much electricity during the day whilst it is free. Switching to running your washing machine during the daytime, ideally between 10am to 4pm will allow you to make significant savings on your energy bill. There are devices such as timers that you can purchase which allow you to determine the times your appliances are in use.
Update your appliances
Although you can make the most of your free electricity during the day, when the weather is not as good and outside of daylight hours, ensure that the appliances you are using are energy efficient, i.e led bulbs, Led Tv, Energy saving AC so that you don’t run down your batteries. You need your batteries as backup in the evening when the sun is no longer shinning
Adapt the way you use electricity
If you stagger the use of your major appliances throughout the day, rather than using them all at the same time, you minimize the chance of running down your batteries. And you will be good for it.
Ensure your panels stay out of the shade
It is imperative that you ensure your panels remain unobstructed after they have been installed. If you have trees that may be causing a shadow on your panel, we suggest you make sure that you trim them so that the panels are fully functional.
Keep the panels clean
Basically, the cleaner the glass is on your panels, the more chance the system has of catching the sun’s rays. How often you clean the panels themselves depends on whereabouts you live. If you live in an area where there is quite a lot of construction work or is open to the wind or dust, we recommend you clean your panels on a frequent basis.