Try not to use too many appliances at once eg Don't put the
washing machine on til you've had breakfast and used the
Wait for a sunny day to put the washing machine on. (Makes sense
then you can do the washing with free electric and hang it out
to dry in free sunshine!)
If you have an electric oven / hob do more cooking in the
daytime if possible eg. eat your main meal at lunchtime. Otherwise
make meals to be heated up in the evening or frozen for future
A slow cooker is a great way to gradually use free
electricity through the day. Come home from work and your supper's
A breadmaker is another good way to slowly use power and get
bread cheaper than shop bought.
If you use electric for water heating try to shower/bath in
daylight hours when you can.
If you have a 3KW immersion heater and a PV system of at least
3KW, on really sunny days from March through to October when
your system is producing at least 3KW instead of using your
central heating system to burn oil or gas to heat the water, switch
on the immersion for a couple of hours between the hours of 12 and
If you have an electric lawn mower, cut the grass when it is
Recharge any electrical equipment such as batteries, mobile
phones, electric toothbrushes etc when it is daylight.
Consider installing a Parson's Switch on your hot water cylinder
instead of an immersion heater to divert PV electricity to heat
your hot water during the day when the sun is shining. If you are
interested in this device please contact Charles in the first
instance as we can get Solarsense to supply and install.