How to Maximize Your Solar Performance

July 6, 2018

Harnessing the power of the sun is now the most economical and abundant source of energy worldwide. Homeowners are breaking even on solar in as little as 3 years. If you’ve already jumped on the clean energy bandwagon, or you’re considering adding solar to your life, there are few ways you can improve and maintain optimal performance of your panels. Let’s take a look at what you can do to increase your savings and make the most of the sun’s energy.

 

Purchase Wisely

When you make the decision to utilize solar, it’s important to do your research. There are many options available, and depending on your needs, location, roof and budget, making an informed decision is key to your savings over time. Having a home or business that faces south or west, has little shade or obstructions, and has a pitch of 30 degrees will give you optimal positioning for your panels. Our knowledgeable technicians at Urban Solar can help you choose which panel is right for your roof.

 

Understand Your Bill

All the numbers on your energy bill mean something, and it’s important you understand how to read through all the jargon. You are the checks and balances of your solar performance, and taking time to do a monthly audit of your bill will help you track your savings over time. You can ensure your solar panels are continuing to provide the best output, and if they are not, you will know when that change occurs. At Urban Solar, we offer solar performance monitoring with all our installations. If your system has an issue, we will be notified and can dispatch a technician to get your solar back on track.

 

Keep Your Panels Clean

Because solar panels are placed on your roof and exposed to the elements, their performance can decrease significantly if they are not kept clean. Customers who overlook cleaning their panels see a decrease in output by upwards of 25%. It’s recommended that solar panels be cleaned every 3 months for optimal production. Keep your investment performing at peak shape, by having them cleaned of dust, leaves and bird droppings.

 

Urban Solar prides itself on helping customers make the most of their solar power. Whether you’re looking to add solar to your home or your business, we’re here to answer questions and help you make the most informed decision possible. Contact Urban Solar today to join a more efficient nation in solar energy.