To get the most from your solar system or if you’re thinking about adding one to your roof, it’s worth taking the time to understand how you and your home consumes power.
We can help you understand where you may be using more energy than you know.
Our expert advice is, take the time before investing in solar power to reduce potential wasted energy. Not only will this save you money on your present energy bills, moving forward if you do decide to add solar panels to your roof, you’ll see return on investment sooner and understand how you’re using energy to get a personalised system to suit your specific needs.
How do I work out how much energy my home is using?
Energy is measured in Kilowatt Hours. Most household appliances have wattage label on them. The label lists the maximum amount of power the appliances can draw. To estimate total energy use, you need to convert this to kilowatt hours, or kWh.
Find the wattage on the appliance label. Most high powered appliances give a range, work out the middle of the range.
Wattage by Hours Used
Watts measure power over time. By finding out how much energy your appliances are using them multiplying that by hours you’re using them each day, this gives you a total watt-hour reading for the day.
(250 watts) x (24 hours) = 6000 watt-hours per day
A kilowatt is equivalent to 1000 watts, so divide the number by 1000 to give you kilowatt hours per day.
e.g 6 kilowatt hours per day
Days In Use
Then multiply your answer by the number of days you are measuring; this may be per month or year on average.
The Cost of Your Energy Use
Then to work out the cost, find your energy bill and multiple per kWh.
The cost of energy consumed in your home can vary from provider.
Then again, customer service can also be a factor when choosing your energy provider.
If you’d like help calculating this for your home and you’re thinking about solar power, email us your average bill.
How can I reduce the energy my family and I are using?
How are you using energy?
Make a list of your appliances and when you’re using them.
What temperature is your hot water system set to heat to in Summer? If it’s set too high, this may be unnecessary and you could turn it down in the hotter months (when you’re taking cold showers anyway!)
Is your pool pump on a timer? If you can avoid running it constantly and set the pump to run during off-peak times when the power is cheaper (ie. at night after 8pm).
(ie. Freezers, Wine Coolers, Fridges and Deep Freezers)
We have found the main pull of power is a second or third fridge. That second big freezer may be costing you more than you know. It can be worth investigating in power saving of upgrading old appliances that are sucking more power than they need to.
The guilty feeling of turning on your air-conditioning or forgetting to turn it off is a feeling we all know. We advise zoning your home to save power in high use areas, for example, if you have a large home, air conditioning in the living room or bedroom may be prioritised over the whole home.
Switch old bulbs to new LED Lights.
(If you have time to follow family members around the house, turning the lights off after they leave a room, while simultaneously making comments about the house being like an airport, can have immediate energy-saving results.)
Use your appliances systematically throughout the day to avoid peak load. The worst case is everyone using energy at the same time, this is where energy providers charge premium rates and lots of families get stung.
What is currently plugged in? Do you have an old TV on standby or a phone charger not in use? These energy vampires still consume electricity even though they’re not being used.