How to use the sun to keep your house cool and affordable this summer

Beat High Summer Bills with Solar Power

June 20, 2024

In the summertime, the average house uses quite a bit of electricity to power fans, air conditioning units, and other means of keeping the house cool. If you have a pool, you need even more electricity to keep the pumps running. That’s a lot, and the consequence is a high utility bill. However, while the sun might be warming your house, it can also be the thing that keeps it cool and your bills low when you have solar panels. Here’s how you can beat high summer bills with solar power.

Why is the Sun Hotter in the Summer?

Contrary to popular belief, summer is not the time when the Earth is closest to the sun, and that’s why it’s hotter. In actuality, this isn’t true of the Northern Hemisphere. The reason for the change of seasons and the summer heat is really the Earth’s axis and the fact that the planet tilts towards the sun in the summer. This is also why the days are longer – the Earth’s axis is tilted towards the sun, so we get more sunlight during the summer. This makes it peak solar production time.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

How solar panels work is that the sun’s rays (photons) hit the panels on your roof to produce an electric current (DC). The solar cells within your panels collect this renewable energy source. The electric current in the SunPower panels flows to the inverter which converts that DC electricity into AC; the most common form of electricity. This converted energy then supplies power to your home.

Reduce Your Summer Utility Expenses

With all of the fans, AC units, dehumidifiers, and other electrical appliances that run off of electricity, your utility bills can quickly skyrocket in the summer. Solar panels, especially highly-efficient SunPower systems, can reduce your electricity bills to nearly $0 per month.

In fact, it’s even better to get solar in the summer if you live in Massachusetts because you can sell your excess electricity back to the grid with net metering. Net metering allows you to generate your own electricity to offset your electricity usage. Essentially, net metering allows utility companies like Eversource, National Grid, and Unitil to utilize your unused electricity in exchange for monthly billing credits. As such, it’s one of the most lucrative benefits of residential solar power. 

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Use the Sun to Your Advantage

When you have solar panels installed, you can really use the sun to your advantage in the summer. The tilted access of the Earth during these months also means you get more hours of sunlight. This means more hours that your solar panels are converting direct sunlight into electricity. 

Solar panels don’t generate electricity at night when the sun has gone down. So unless you have a solar battery to store excess energy, you’ll need to rely on the grid at night. However, the more hours the sun is up, the less time you need to rely on the grid, meaning you’ll be charged less for electricity.

If you don’t have a solar battery, this is also where net metering benefits you further. All that extra electricity your solar panels produced during the day gave you billing credits. Every watt extra you produce for a credit helps offset a watt you may need at night.

Solar panels are one of the best ways to keep your utility bills low during the summer months. Beat the heat with clean, renewable energy from the sun and save money. Contact BlueSel today for your solar installation.