How to Get the Most Out of Your Solar Panels Investment

June 15, 2023

By: Chris Gersch


Homeowners in the United States are increasingly environmentally conscious. However, installing solar panels is a great way to ditch monthly electricity bills and enjoy tax rebates. Whether you are new to solar energy or installed a custom solar array years ago, you can take steps to maximize your available solar energy.

Below are a few tips from RxSun on how to get the most out of your solar panel investment. Our team provides sustainable energy solutions across Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Make Your Solar Panels Work For You

  • Harness the sun’s energy to the maximum in sunny weather with clean panels
  • Don’t use all appliances at once, and do utilize battery storage
  • Solar net metering agreements are worth it
  • Don’t underestimate insulation to maximize your solar panel ROI

Use Solar Energy When It’sIt’s Sunny

Do you want the most out of your solar panels? Consume more energy during peak hours of sunshine.  Depending on your solar panels’ direction, they absorb the most energy, either in the morning or afternoon. Pay attention to the direction your solar panels face, and then use major appliances when they are likely to produce the most energy. Awareness goes a long way when maximizing solar energy use.

Increase Efficiency By Keeping Your Solar Panels Clean 

Solar panels can get incredibly dirty in a short amount of time. Pollen, insects, and other pollutants on solar equipment reduce its efficiency. It’sIt’s the same with nearby trees that drop their leaves on your roof, covering your solar panels and rendering them unable to generate electricity. Removing debris and trimming nearby trees will increase the solar power your panels absorb daily.

Stagger Appliance Use As a Solar Solution

Running several appliances simultaneously may deplete all available solar energy and dip into grid electricity use. You can maximize your clean energy use by staggering the use of your appliances, particularly energy-heavy ones. For example, if you need to do laundry and run the dishwasher, do one chore at a time.

Use Battery Storage for Solar Power

Your solar panel investment will work on cloudy days but may create less energy than you need to get through the day. Investing in a solar battery will allow you to store excess energy when needed the most. It is a great way to offset the cost of solar panel installation and enable you to use solar energy even when you have several overcast days.

Expand the Advantages of Solar Power With Net Metering

Solar systems are an excellent way to reduce or eliminate monthly electricity bills. If your solar array regularly produces more energy than you need for household demands, ask your local power company about incentives. If your city permits net metering, you can sell excess energy back to the grid to further maximize your benefits from installing solar panels.

Use Insulation to Maintain a Comfortable Indoor Temperature

Controlling the temperature in your home uses more energy than anything else. Thankfully, solar power works wonders to reduce the monthly cost of keeping your home comfortable. But you can take measures to help it work even more efficiently. 

For instance, ensuring the insulation throughout your home is in good shape will help your HVAC system work more efficiently to cool and heat during extreme outdoor temperature fluctuations. Work from the top down, starting in the attic. Check for signs of rodent presence in the insulation, as areas damaged by mice need replacement.

Outdated windows can also play a big part in inconsistent temperatures throughout your home. Why not consider investing in modern windows designed to handle all weather conditions? Better insulated windows will keep hot or cold air from affecting your desired indoor temperature.

Residential Clean Energy From RxSun

Installing solar panels on your roof is a fantastic way to reduce monthly energy costs and help the environment by using renewable resources. Keeping your solar panels clean and in good shape with professional maintenance will increase your return on investment. Plus, cutting back trees that drop decaying leaves on a roof could maximize your panels’ solar power.

Does Your Solar System Produce More Energy Than You Need? 

Your city may allow you to sell excess energy back to the grid. And if you make sure your solar panels stay in good condition for as long as possible with regular maintenance, professional cleaning, and repair, those benefits will only multiply.

If you want a surefire solar panel investment, RxSun installs custom solar energy systems in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida. Please fill out our online form to book a free consultation, or speak to our team directly at 800-607-9786 to save money using pure sunlight.

About The Author

Chris Gersch

Chris Gersch

Mr. Christopher Gersch brings over 20 years of professional leadership experience and a dynamic understanding of energy markets to the clean energy industry. He began his career as a trader at the Chicago Board of Trade and then utilized his expertise to form eleven businesses, including Verde Solutions, Navigate Power, RxSun, and Fresh Coast Solar.

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