A properly sized solar system, equipped with advanced, high quality components under the intense Queensland sun still produces enough solar power to cover the base load of the average home, even in winter. Of course there will be times, especially at night, where extra heating needs require an increased import from the grid however all in all, solar should support the majority of your needs during winter.
HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SOLAR SYSTEM DURING WINTER
This seasonal change will show some inevitable changes in your electricity bill however, there are some proactive steps you can take to lessen the financial effects.
1. Maintenance –System faults and obstructions have an even larger impact on solar production in winter due to shortened days and lower sunlight strength. Ensuring your system is taking advantage of every drop of sunlight is vital for continued production. A general system health check ensuring your panels are free of dirt, debris and branches can help improve your production.
2. Tactical Consumption – Long summer days allow us to use higher consumption appliances at any point in the day as our energy production is higher to account for it. Peak performance hours in winter are shorter so it can be useful to optimise consumption when that window of opportunity presents itself. Using high consumption appliances like the washing machine, heating or pool pump during these peak hours means you can make the most out of the sun and draw as little from the grid as possible.
3. Solar panel placement – While north facing panes generally produce the most power, installing some alternating east or/or west facing panels can help with production in winter months as the sun sits lower in the sky.
While we can’t speak for other installers, here at Springers Solar we account for your winter consumption in the design and size your system along with many other factors to align with your energy needs. We take pride in installing only the highest quality components with proven performance to ensure your system performs in every condition for decades to come. Our in house team of engineers and solar experts tailor design your system around your home or businesses unique requirements, we do not use pre-designed systems.
If you want to find out more about installing solar or get an opinion on solar sizing for winter, contact us today!