Winter Energy Saving Tips with Solar EnergyJanuary 17, 2023
Winter can often be one of the most stressful times of the year for homeowners. Not only is there more labor involved in snow/ice removal and the overall anxiety that cold weather brings, but it is also typically one of the most expensive times of the year for utility bills. If you are feeling like everytime your electricity bill comes in the mail it is higher than the previous cycle, it may be time to consider solar energy.
If you are someone who currently utilizes the power of the sun in your home’s energy consumption, keep reading for some of our best tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your solar system’s energy production.
Adjust the Angle of Your Panels
Although not all solar panels are adjustable, if yours are, it may be worth considering adjusting the angle depending on your location’s latitude plus 10 to 15 degrees. Due to the fact that the sun is typically lower in the sky during winter, this will allow you to maximize the amount of sunlight being shone on your panels.
Additionally, adjusting your panels at a steeper angle will better assist any snow or ice to slide off rather than collecting.
Conserve Energy Usage
Always a good rule of thumb, making an effort to conserve your energy usage in the winter can be especially helpful in maximizing energy and lowering electricity costs. This can be as simple as turning off lights and appliances when you aren’t using them, unplugging some lesser used appliances, turning down your thermostat, ensuring your home has proper insulation, and switching to energy-efficient light bulbs.
Although it would be nonsense to ask you to drastically alter your living habits in the name of saving energy, it is always a good practice to try and slightly adjust the volume of energy you use, beneficial for both the planet and your wallet.
Properly Insulate Batteries
We know and love New England as our home, however, the frigid temperatures that come with winter can pose a risk to our solar systems if not properly prepared for. In the case of your solar batteries, you’ll want to make sure that they are properly insulated or even move their location indoors if possible.
Simply making the effort to ensure that they are kept at an appropriate temperature will allow maximum efficiency and storage of energy from your system, even on the coldest days of winter. If you are unsure of how to properly move or insulate your batteries, contact SunPower by BlueSel with any questions and we will be happy to help.
Remove Heavy Snow or Ice
Lastly, one of the best ways to make sure that you are getting the most energy out of your panels during the winter is to take notice of the status of your panels after snowfall or a winter mix. Although your panels are designed to let snow glide off and ice to melt, these aren’t foolproof features and in some cases there will be accumulation.
Removing this accumulation of snow or ice is key to allowing the maximum amount of sunlight to reach and therefore be converted by the panels, it also prevents any potential damage. If you do notice that your panels need help removing snow or ice, it is important to not use a traditional shovel, roof rake, or snow brush, as these tools will be too rough and may inflict damage on the panels. There are snow removal products designed for solar panel cleanings which can be used safely, or when in doubt, opt to contact a professional such as the team at BlueSel Home Solar.