The activities on this list to make the most of your solar power system, apply to those who have fitted a solar power system after the reduction of the Qld Governments Feed In Tariff to 8c, Items followed by a red * also apply to those on the older 44c tariff.
- Change over all light bulbs to LED’s*
- Select low wattage LED s where only general lighting is required i.e. corridors, and higher wattage to areas where bright lighting is required, i.e. reading areas and kitchen workbenches*
- Put pool timers onto daytime use for when your solar is up and running
- Do all washing during the day when your solar is up and running
- Make use of cold water washing settings*
- Do all dishwashing during the day when your solar is up and running
- Only run the dishwasher on full loads*
- Do all handyman jobs around the house involving power tools during the day when your solar is up and running
- Fit a timer to your hot water system so that it only works during the day when your solar is up and running
- Use the shower rather than the bath or spa, (this will have the added benefit of reducing your water bill too)*
- Encourage your family to conserve water and take shorter showers,(this will have the added benefit of reducing your water bill too)*
- Recharge mobile phones and other battery operated items during the day when your solar is up and running
- Make use of standby eliminators to turn the standby power off on your electrical items like T.V.s and Hi Fi systems*
- Turn lights and electrical appliances off when not in use, especially T.V.s, Hi Fi Components and Internet connections*
- Use your laptop and iPad battery packs at night when there is no solar power*
- Check the seals on all fridges and freezers are in good order and work, inoperative seals will cost you money in extra refrigeration*
- Make use of a microwave oven instead of an electric kettle or electric oven where possible*
- Clean and service your solar panels every 3 months to ensure they are working optimally*
- Consider additional panels to maximise your systems output, the CEC advises systems may be overloaded to 20% of their stated load. For example a 5kW Inverter system may be overloaded to 6kW to maximise the output and reduce line losses, (1kW x 93.6% x 4.2hrs x 18c x 91 days = $64.39 if used for increased FIT alone)*
- Shop around for your electricity billing company as the various companies offer different rates, discounts and FIT’s (Feed In Tariff)*
The main difference between the old 44c tariff and the new reduced 8c tariff is that those on the old 44c tariff earn more money on power they give back to the system while paying less for the power they use, so it is in their best interests to avoid using power during the day when they are producing it.
This has led to a great deal of confusion among those new to solar power and being unaware of the simple difference between the two. Those on the newer 8c FIT are better off using the power they produce rather than being paid less for it than it would cost them to use later.
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