How to get the most value out of your solar
Got solar panels? Here’s how you can get the most value out of your solar investment.
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 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.
If you’re on the solar feed-in tariff for regional Qld
It’s best to use power during the day between 8am to 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.
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.