Already got solar
Find out how to get the most out of your solar panels.
Use power at the right times
Using your appliances at the right times can make a big difference to your bill:
If you’re on the solar feed-in tariff for regional Qld
It’s best to use power during the day between 8am -5pm, and particularly when the sun is at its peak between 10am-2pm.
You should aim to use as much of the power your solar can produce while it's generating. This means you sell less power to us on the lower feed-in tariff rate during the day and buy less at night on the higher Tariff 11 rate.
The smaller the solar credit on your bill the better, because this means you’re using the cheaper power you generate and not using as much from the grid.
If you’re on the Solar Bonus Scheme
The best time to use power is at night and early morning, typically between 5pm-7am.
This is because when the sun is shining you want to sell as much solar as possible back to the grid at the 44c rate.
This rate is no longer available to new customers. Customers who applied for the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme before 10 July 2012 and maintain their eligibility can continue to receive payments under this tariff. It is legislated to expire on 1 July 2028.
So, you installed solar, but your panels don’t quite have the oomph that they use to?
Here are 5 tips that’ll get them hummin along like new
Check for shade
Be sure to trim any branches shading your panels to ensure maximum exposure
It seems obvious, but trees grow. This means that your once bright, sunny spot could now be a cool shady one. Just remember to check overhead powerlines first.
Give them a clean
It’s surprising how much dust, dirt and even bird poop can affect a panels performance. Especially those set at a shallow angle. As you’re dealing with electricity, it’s always best to get an accredited professional in to clean.
Show some love
Celebrate your solar anniversary with an annual service from an accredited solar installer or electrician. Staying on top of any little problems with help ensure your system stays in tip top condition.
Keep an eye out
Regularly check the status lights on your inverter and display panel for any drastic changes to your solar output. If the suns out and the output has dropped, it might be time to call in a pro.
Use your power at the right time. Depending on your tariff, it might be beneficial to use your energy at a certain time during the day. For instance, if you’re on the solar bonus scheme, you’ll want to be using most of your power at night and early in the morning to get the best bang for your buck.
So there you have it, just a few simple ways you can get the most from your solar set up.
Maintain your system
It’s also important to maintain your solar system to ensure it’s performing at its peak:
- Trim any trees that are shading your panels – just remember to always check for overhead power lines first
- Regularly check the status lights on your inverter and the display panel for any drastic changes in your solar output
- Get your solar system serviced every 12 months by an accredited solar installer or licensed electrical contractor
- Keep your panels clean from dust, dirt, and bird droppings to ensure peak performance is maintained.