SOLAR PV REVIEW BLOG
Installing solar panels for our home
One of the things I have always strived to be is ‘green’ – and I don’t mean a crazy hair colour change! But the eco-conscious, reduce, reuse, recycle sort of ‘green’. As somebody who has volunteered for local litter picks and community cleans, it’s something I feel is so important in today’s society, but is perhaps sometimes overlooked by the ‘bigger issues’. Climate change is putting our environment at a huge risk every day and therefore should be within the class of ‘major issues’ of our generation and should be something we all work together to change before it’s too late!
For a while now, I have wanted to have solar PV panels for my home and I’m so pleased we finally made the decision to do this! The sun is an abundant energy resource and it seems like an obvious decision to use it to produce clean energy – that’s a LOT cheaper too! We also feel that because we can, we should future proof our home for our own children and grandchildren.
We’ve had the solar panel system for 3 weeks now and so far, we’re finding it a great entertainment source. We know it’s not made for entertainment but we can’t help it! We constantly monitor how much we’re using and producing on our iPhones and make it a task to try to only turn appliances on whilst we’re producing energy in the day!
Being able to see how much solar power we are using in real-time is brilliant. We’re able to pick out key electrical events in the day such as turning on the kettle, which created a big spike or when the shower or hobs are turned on. They all use different amounts of energy and you can identify which is which on the graph.
This has also brought about some changes as we want to use more of the electricity we generate from our solar panels so now we put the washing machine and dishwasher on during the day rather than overnight. As long as we do not see any red spikes on the graph in the day, we know we are using only the electricity from the solar PV.
The image is an example of our readings on the 6th July! The first red peak is the kettle (making a cup of tea) at 7:00am, the second peak is the shower at around 8:00am. Just after lunch you can see the dishwasher running and at around 4:30pm some cooking using the electric induction hob.
We are both really pleased with how the solar panel installation went – smooth, efficient friendly. We’ve had the scaffolding removed now and wow do the solar panels look slick – I think our neighbours have had a little solar envy, not that we’re gloating or anything! We’re looking forward to reporting on our new solar journey and our monthly savings!
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