Those ignorant to solar panels seem to equate solar power with heat and thus assume they must be pointless in winter. However, it is not heat that solar panels convert to power, it is light, and there is still plenty of light available in winter. Thus, your solar panels should be almost as beneficial as they were in summer.
However, there is no denying there are fewer hours of light in winter, so we’ve put together a few tips to make sure that you can get the most out of your panels during the darker months.
Turn things off! – In summer there is an excess of light, and therefore an excess of power. You’re also likely using less power in your home on a day-to-day basis, so your panels may be producing power to spare. However, winter rolls around and the decreased light and increased energy expenditure means that the power available is stretched to its limits. To eek the most out of the power generated turn off excess lights, only use the heating when you actually need to and unplug all unnecessary appliances. There are a plethora of ways of using less power in your home, try following this guide for some more tips.
Invest in some maintenance kit – The single biggest thing that will have an impact on the effectiveness of your solar panels is if they are in poor condition i.e. they are mucky or are covered in debris. Purchasing some basic maintenance items, such a soft bristled brush will enable you to clean off the snow and debris, allowing your panels to function as they should.
Adjust the tilt – due to the path of the orbit of the sun, the light hits the earth at a different angle. If you really want to get the most out of your panels this winter then you could ask an engineer to come and adjust the tilt of your panels to ensure that they are at the right angle. By doing so you can soak up every last drop of light to generate as much power as possible. The team here at Eco Partners are more than capable of undertaking such a task.
If you follow the above tips there is no reason the power generated by your panels should drop by a drastic amount, and you can keep relaying on your solar installation all year round.
For more information just call the team here at Eco Partners on 01484 810350 or contact us here.