Some ideas for getting the best use of your solar panels

  1. 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 kettle/toaster.

  2. 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!)

  3. 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 use.

  4. A slow cooker is a great way to gradually use free electricity through the day. Come home from work and your supper's ready!

  5. A breadmaker is another good way to slowly use power and get bread cheaper than shop bought.

  6. If you use electric for water heating try to shower/bath in daylight hours when you can.

  7. 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 3 pm.

  8. If you have an electric lawn mower, cut the grass when it is sunny.

  9. Recharge any electrical equipment such as batteries, mobile phones, electric toothbrushes etc when it is daylight.

  10. 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.