As we head into the warmer months of the year we can expect 2 extra hours of peak solar generation during the long, sunnier summer days. While your panels may be soaking up additional rays during the summer season there are some key steps you can take to make the most of your solution in the heat.

Staying Cool

Did you know that your solar panels help keep your house cool simply by sitting on top of your roof? Solar panels add additional shading to the roof of a home, providing an additional layer of thermal barrier to help keep the house cool!

To conserve energy turn your air conditioning system on early in the day, especially if it’s a split system or reverse cycle air conditioner. Your air con will use more power when it first starts up to bring the house to the desired temperature.

If the house is already cool in the morning the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house cool during the day when the outside temperature reaches it’s peak, thus using less power.

Swimming Pool Care

Having a swimming pool at home certainly has it’s perks, unfortunately energy conservation is not one of them! Running your pool pump can be a power intensive exercise, however, there are ways you can reduce the power required to clean your pool if timed correctly.

We recommend turning your pool pump on during the day in the morning to do it’s cleaning cycle when the sun is low to minimize the chance of evaporation due to churning water and take advantage of the daytime solar window.

Battery Storage

Summer blackouts and brown outs can become common place with thousands of homes pulling power from the grid at approximately the same time to run their air conditioning and other appliances. If you have a battery it is important to ensure there is reserve power in your stores for use during these grid events. This can be preset in the Tesla Powerwall app.

At Cola Solar we offer both the Tesla Powerwall 2 and Soltaro batteries. Both are fabulous additions to your home solar solution and will allow you to store your excess summer solar rather than feed it back into the grid.