Would you like to be able to get all of the energy you need from your solar power system?

Energy savings is the number one reason people decide to make the switch to solar energy in Helotes, and if you want to reduce the amount of extra energy you need from your utility company, you may need to make a few changes with how you use energy in your home. Here are a few tips from the experts at Apex Home Energy Savings to help you maximize your energy use for your solar power system:

#1. Cut down on using the stove and the oven.

The oven and the stove are two appliances that get a lot of use in most kitchens, but they can heat up a home like nothing else. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives that use much less energy and generate much less heat. Slow cookers, microwaves, electric skillets and grills are all great alternatives to ovens and stoves.

#2. Keep a close eye on your energy consumption.

In order to make the necessary adjustments to squeeze every cent of possible savings out of your solar power system, it’s important to know how much energy you are using, as well as how much energy your solar panels are generating. Whether you need to upgrade certain appliances or stagger the appliances you are using, understanding your energy consumption will help you determine the right path for saving the most energy.

#3. Use the appliances that require the most energy during the day.

Some of the appliances in your home use more energy than others. Your water heater and washing machine, for example, are some of the most energy-intensive appliances in your home. To make the most out of the energy produced by your solar energy system, you’ll want to use these energy-intensive appliances at the peak of energy generation, which is during the brightest parts of the day, typically starting and around 10 am and ending at about 4 pm.

#4. Don’t use multiple energy-intensive appliances at once.

In addition to using your appliances during the peak times of energy generation, it’s also important to avoid using too many of these appliances at the same time. For example, if you need to do a load of laundry, run the dishwasher and take a bath, do them one at a time rather than all at once.

#5. Upgrade to a programmable thermostat.

Furnaces and air conditioners are some of the most energy-intensive appliances in an average home, and for most homeowners, heating and cooling account for as much as 50 percent of energy bills. Changing the way you heat and cool your home can have a big impact on how efficient your home is. One of the best ways to save on heating and cooling is to invest in a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to set a schedule for your thermostat, ensuring that it will automatically keep the thermostat in your home at the right temperature throughout different times of the day.

#6.  Replace older, inefficient appliances.

Appliances have come a long way as far as energy efficiency is concerned. If you have older, outdated appliances in your home, you could be wasting a lot more energy than you would if you had newer, more efficient appliances in your home. For example, you could save up to 30 percent on your energy bills every year by replacing your old gas water heater with a newer, more efficient model.

At Apex Home Energy Savings, we offer solar energy system design and installation in Helotes, but we don’t stop there. We also want to help you make the most out of your solar panels, so that you can save as much energy as possible. Whether you are ready to install solar panels onto your home or you have questions on how to make your home more efficient, we are happy to help. Contact us today!