With the news full of reports on sharply rising energy prices, we’re all looking for ways to cut energy consumption. Those able to use green alternatives are in a good position, but it’s important to understand how to get more energy from your solar panels, if you want to see big savings.
How to get more energy from your solar panels
Whether you’ve already had them installed, or are planning to do so in the near future, solar panels are a great way to reduce or eliminate your use of non-renewable sources. But did you know that dirty or incorrectly fitted panels could be providing a significantly lower output? With this in mind, we have the lowdown on how to maximise their potential.
Have your solar panels professionally cleaned
It’s easy to install them and then forget about them – usually, it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. And while dirty solar panels aren’t an eyesore, they have a remarkably lower level of efficacy. Dirt and debris can reduce their energy output by as much as 20%. And if you clean them yourself (which isn’t recommended due to the risk of damaging the surface and hazards of working at height), you might not get them clean enough. The cost of hiring a professional company to take care of your solar panel cleaning is offset by the savings you’ll make in energy bills.
Use a reputable installer
Poorly fitted panels won’t produce as much energy. They must be oriented and angled to maximise exposure to sunlight. An experienced and knowledgeable fitter will be able to achieve the best possible outcome for your property. As well as helping you choose high-quality, effective panels.
Trim back trees
Naturally, shade is the enemy of the solar panel. While your fitter may have chosen the best possible location, trees and foliage could have grown in the meantime, casting shadows. If so, a simple trim will remedy the issue.
Consider using an additional device
There are various tech solutions to help your panels. Such as a device that concentrates the solar energy (a solar concentrator) and monitors to let you know if there’s been a drop in output, highlighting a possible issue.
Saving on your energy has never been a more pertinent issue than it is now. Both from a cost and an environmental perspective. Booking a solar panel clean for your property is quick and easy; simply give us a call, or drop us a message today.