We all know that going green is the best way to run our homes. Yet many people find themselves disappointed with the results they get, especially when installing a solar geyser to take the load off of an old-fashioned electric water heater…
If you’re struggling with icy-cold showers instead of the promised low-cost hot water, or even if you’re just curious about the best way to run solar power in your home, keep reading for our top tips.
What creates the best results with solar power?
It’s important to remember that a variety of factors can influence the results you get with solar power. Installation quality is, of course, a critical factor.
Always work with an accredited service provider with a track record of happy clients.
Be sure to plan the positioning of your panels with them carefully, too.
Long patches of shade during the morning or afternoon will adversely impact your results, so be sure to do a ‘sun exposure test’ on the area throughout the whole day before installation, too.
How do I get the best results?
- Once you’re sure you’re positioning your panels correctly, it’s time to nail down some specifics.
- Make sure your panel size (and geyser size for water) are appropriate for your typical usage and electrical draw.
- Once the system is installed, be sure to insulate all pipes to keep water warm for longer.
- Remember that the system will need a little up-time in sunlight before running at peak efficiency.
- For solar lighting, you will typically have a battery-bank to retain power when the sun is not up.
- For geysers, try and match your typical usage to times after the system has heated up, or consider installing a booster switch that will allow you to pop some electricity into the system when needed.
Not only will solar power help you run a greener home, but it will also help save on the budget too.