Updated: Jul 27
It's a very common question and one we receive all the time from our customers.
Things to consider:
What is my budget?
It's always best to start with the question, how much can I afford?
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How much energy does my household actually use?
Often homeowners make the mistake of simply calculating their energy consumption, then purchasing the smallest system available to cover their estimated energy consumption.
It seems rationale to think that this is the way to select the solar system most appropriate for your home. However, homeowners who use this method will often be left disappointed with the results of their system. The reason for this is are the variances in things like energy consumption, sunlight conditions and time of power usage in your home. These variations all need to be accounted for when selecting the appropriate solar system.
Solar quotes provides a useful guide for homeowners looking to calculate their energy consumption: solar quotes guide.
What is my long term plan for my home?
Depending on how long you plan on living in your home 3, 5, 10+ years should help to guide you towards certain system sizes and the repayment or upfront cost that is best for you.
What system will help deal with my daily energy demand?
Like most households, daily energy consumption is skewed toward two specific times of the day 7-9 am and 5-9 pm. This is not the case for all households, but it is the case for most. It is important to understand that the main solar energy production is during the period most families are out-of-home, which means that solar energy will be exported back to the grid.
Do I get anything for exporting my excess energy back to the grid?
Yes, every year a benchmark rate is set in NSW. The current rate for 2020/21 is 6.0 to 7.3 cents per kWh.
What should my focus be?
The value of solar is all about the electricity you displace from the grid, not about the feed-in tariff you receive on your energy bills. It is important that you discuss your household consumption needs with one of our solar experts, because the system needs will be vastly different for a retiree who consumes electricity throughout the day, opposed to a family with school age children that consume large amount of electricity in the early morning and nighttime peak periods.
Are Solar Batteries worth it?
For families/individuals who use energy outside the main solar energy production period, batteries can be a great option for storing energy and using it when it is most needed. Batteries offer flexibility in energy dispersion, meaning that the energy generated throughout the day can be captured rather than simply being fed back to the grid.
Batteries can add significant value to your home and help reduce the energy burden of modern living.
Contact us today on 4396 9020 and discuss your specific needs with one of our solar experts.