If you’re on a current feed-in tariff, it’s better to use the solar power generated during the day as buying power from the grid is more expensive than what you get in return for your solar export. UNLESS you were one of the people who installed earlier and are still on the .66c tariff. If you were one of these lucky people stop reading now…..
Using the current tariff you should aim to use as much of your electricity during the day as possible.
To make the most of your investment in your solar PV system, change your habits to ensure that you’re using as much solar generated electricity during the day as possible.
Try to use appliances such as your washing machine, clothes dryer, oven, vacuum cleaners, pool heaters and pumps, dishwasher etc during the daylight hours. This may mean changing your routines. If you are home during this day this is easy. If you are working then some of your appliances can be put on a timer. Charge up laptops, mobile phones etc that you may use at night.
Plan how you do this, as you do not want to increase your electricity usage to more than your solar panels are producing. Ensure that you don’t have the washing machine running at the same time as the dishwasher as an example.
To decrease the use of evening electricity it is a good idea to change any high-wattage spotlights to warm white LED lights, which will help save energy.
If you have an Enphase system you can see on your graph as to when your solar is turning on and off and when you are producing your highest amounts of power.
Another Smart Option is to ask us about installing a Solar Analytics Smart Monitor. This will give you the data on your Solar PV and/or AC load consumption data. Find out when your solar PV starts producing electricity in the morning and when it stops producing at night, so you know exactly what time you should use the majority of your appliances.
We would love to hear what you have found as being great energy saving tips.
FEED IN TARIFF
This new tariff follows changes the government has implemented to the current feed-in tariff framework, and will better reflect the true energy value of the electricity customers provide to the grid.
The feed-in tariff is available to solar and other eligible forms of renewable energy, such as wind, hydro or biomass, with a system size less than 100 kilowatts. This rate is determined by the ESC. More information on this rate can be found on the ESC website.