5 Energy Tips for Fall
The Ideal Guide to Fall Energy Optimization
Follow these simple tips from the Ideal Energy team to keep your energy world optimized as we begin a seasonal transition.
ANNUAL CLEANING OF SOLAR PANELS
With no moving parts, solar requires very little maintenance. Rain usually clears off any dust, pollen, or light debris that may build up on the panel surface. To keep production high this fall, ensure your panels are free from larger debris like leaves and twigs.
If you have wifi monitoring installed with your solar, your dedicated Ideal Energy Operations & Maintenance team is watching your system remotely and will perform any corrective maintenance as require to keep things smooth sailing.
MONITORING ENERGY PRODUCTION & CONSUMPTION
Intelligent solar-integrated monitoring software like Sense or TED allow you to compare solar production to energy consumption in real-time with an easy-to-use interface. Study your usage patterns overtime and identify unnecessary energy loads to maximize the value of your solar production.
If you haven’t installed an advanced energy monitor yet, the Ideal Energy Operations & Maintenance team is happy to assist.
SHIFT HIGHER ENERGY LOADS TO DAYTIME
As a solar producer, your peak generation happens during daylight. Take advantage of your own, free power production by running appliances and recharging devices during the day instead of at night. Not at home during the day? Many modern household appliances like dishwashers and washing machines have timers to run cycles at certain times of the day.
OPTIMIZE YOUR THERMOSTAT
According to the Department of Energy, you can save as much as 10% a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 7°-10°F for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
Consider upgrading to a smart, programmable thermostat like Nest or Ecobee. These thermostats learn what temperatures you like, then build an energy-saving schedule around your day, and automatically updates as the seasons change.
LIGHTEN UP WITH LEDs
Thinking of holiday lighting for your home? Use LEDs for holiday illumination and lighten up your energy consumption.
LEDs are the most efficient lighting option available on the market today and are much safer than incandescent bulbs. Using LEDs for holiday lighting will reduce the amount of energy required during winter months when solar production is naturally lower. Because LEDs run much cooler than incandescent lights, there is a reduced risk of combustion, and the casings are made from durable epoxy instead of glass, which is more resistant to breakage.
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