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The benefits of knowing your data

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Knowing your solar system and how to use it will help you get the best savings. It can also help you to identify a problem with your panels.

Without knowing when your system is working (or how well), and understanding a few simple things about your generation and your usage – you can’t get the most out of it. So take advantage of Powershop’s tools and insights to help you start saving money.

Gone are the days of high government subsidised Feed-in Tariffs (for most of us anyway) which means that using the energy as you’re generating is going to mean lower bills. For most of us, this can mean changing some behaviours.

For example, jump into the app and check out when you’re generally exporting the most. Is it 1pm? Set the timer on your dishwasher to start then. 3pm? Good excuse to leave that last load of washing until then. You get the idea.

You should keep an eye on your Daily feed-in to stay on top of any drops in panel performance. While sometimes a drop in your usual feed-in amount might just be because of a cloudy day; if it continues when the sun’s out, it could be time to get your panels checked.

Panels generally take care of themselves, but if you notice a sustained drop in your solar panel’s performance it may need cleaning. Safety first – don’t attempt to clean them yourself. Always get the professionals in.

If they’re clean and still not working, you’ll need to get in touch with your installer or solar maintenance service to take a look. Again – let the professionals do their thing.

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