Make the most of your solar PV system by managing your household energy use. Successful energy management will give a higher return on investment and more independence from the grid.
Energy management is about making the most of your solar energy when it is being produced.
These days the best way to get the most out of your solar PV system is to ensure you are using most of your energy during the daytime when the solar PV system is producing energy.
There are many ways to do this, and many devices that can assist with this.
Manual Energy Management
Manual energy management is manually adjusting when you use certain loads throughout the day. You do not necessarily need any tools to do this, but production and consumption monitoring can assist in determining the performance of your adjustments to household loads.
Some things you can do to improve the self-consumption of your solar:
- Start laundry or dishwashing in the morning and let it run over the day, as opposed to doing it during the evening.
- Heat or cool your house during the day and turn it off during the evening.
- Run particularly high-consumption devices during the middle of the day (10 am – 2 pm) when the solar power is at its peak.
- Use timer switches to only power certain loads during the day – such as the laundry, dryer and washing machine.
- Charge devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and any items which run on batteries during the day.
- Plan ahead – distribute your loads over the day so that your household doesn’t try to draw more energy than the solar PV system is producing.
Smart Energy Management
Smart energy management requires additional devices to assist in utilising your solar energy.
- SolarEdge Smart Energy Suite
- Hot Water Power Diverters
- Reposit Power
SolarEdge Smart Energy Suite
Modular devices which allow you to remotely control and automate when particular loads are used in your household and when your hot water is heated.
Mix and match whichever devices suit your needs to give you full control over household loads. For example, remotely turn on the AC before arriving home at the end of the day to ensure you cool the house using solar energy, and the house is cooled by the time you get home.
Hot Water Power Diverters
Use a Catch Power or SolarEdge power diverter to divert your excess solar energy to your hot water system. This means you are making the most of your solar energy by powering a high essential load.
Reposit power acts as a brain for any battery system. It optimises when your battery charges and discharges to ensure you are making the most of your battery. For example, charging the battery from the grid during the day during off-peak and then powering household loads during peak.
What We Do
At Power Saving Centre Canberra we provide and install the tools to manage your solar PV more efficiently and more effectively. We can offer a range of advice and solutions to suit your energy requirements.