STOP – Read this before you buy your solar panels! Part 2.

In the first part of this article, we discussed how using an energy monitor to reduce your standby use can save you more on your power bill than installing solar panels.  And, because you’re using less power, you need less solar panels… which costs less money.

So now you’ve reduced your unnecessary energy use (and saved yourself $1000+ a year) it’s time to get those lovely shiny solar panels, because they’ll solve your power bill woes, right?

Actually, no.  Not on their own they won’t.

Every week we speak to people who are disgruntled with their solar panels.  They’ve spent thousands of dollars and were expecting huge savings, but they haven’t materialised.  They then call us to get a NetSmart Gateway energy monitor so they can get some data to wave at the solar company to show that the panels are not doing their job.

But 99% of the time the installation is fine and the equipment is good.

So what’s happening?

In short… this.

Solar PV and home energy use

This is taken from PVOutput.org, using a Current Cost NetSmart Gateway

Can you see what’s happening here?  Loads of solar power being generated during the day (green line) and very little of it being used – it’s all being sent to the grid in return for a very small amount of money….

…and then in the evening, everyone is coming home and using loads of power (red line) which they’re using from the grid and paying lots of money for.

To put a dent in your power bill, you need to use the power your panels are generating.  Run the washing machine, dishwasher, electric heating and hot water and pool pumps when your panels are generating power.  Use as little power from the grid as possible.

You need to match your energy use to your energy generation.

How do you do that?  By monitoring your home energy consumption and your solar generation.  A Current Cost NetSmart Gateway will do all that for you simply and easily.

So before you spend tens of thousands of dollars on a solar PV system, get yourself a Current Cost NetSmart Gateway from SmartNow.

Yes, we want you to buy our product, and we’re in business to make money. But believe us when we say that it’s going to be the best investment you’ll make this year.