3 energy saving tips before you go solar

3 energy saving tips before you go solar

3 energy saving tips and turn your ordinary home into a smart home.

19 Comments on “3 energy saving tips before you go solar”

  1. I am thinking to store my extra solar energy with used propane cylinders and and a compressor…has anyone ever heard of this?

  2. Savings are best done if one can simply think. Why buy expensive power saving equipment/lights and leave them on when not in use

  3. It is good to remember that CFL and LED light is much lower quality and may lead to eye strain because of flickering and high UV. Natural light is best. Most of us spend too much evening time awake and sleep in the morning after sun is already up.

  4. 5,000 kWh a month? I use less than 800 in a 1,700 square foot home made in 1949 without modern windows or insulation.

  5. Also a really important point here is that LED lighting (at least for now) outlast incandescent, cfl and halogen bulbs by like a million years. Half serious but its amazing how bad the incandescents are, lately they have usually lasted around 2 weeks or less, then off to buy a replacement. We have a slightly higher voltage here than ideal though (245V vs the standard 230V) because we are close to the mains transformer.

    I wonder if they made them exceptionally bad to tempt people into buying "green" cfl bulbs (filled with electronics and mercury), and something like 10 times more expensive…
    Likely a good idea to stock up on those 12W led bulbs before they make them short-lived! :/

  6. Great video! You are right; the first most important move is to lower the monthly bill as much as possible, then look for solar modules / systems.
    I've replaced all eight incandescent lightbulbs in my apartment with 100W equivalent LED bulbs. One bulb is rated at only 17W but with 1,600 Lumens intensity; I am saving about $18 a month.

  7. another thing to add: Off-the-grid might not even be neccesary. To get off-the-grid you need to produce a net power higher than what you'll be using. Depending on your set up that power could then go to waste at times.

    A more sensible solution, and one getting more popular is grid-tie inverters. These require no batteries, and no expensive or complicated installation. Attach the positive and negative from your solar array (make sure the panel voltage, and total watt rating is in the range allowed by your inverter), and then plug the inverter into the wall. It's that simple. The inverter automatically senses the grid and the power available from the solar panels and puts it on the grid in the most optimal way. No batteries, no complicated setup of charge controllers and inverters and how to send that power to the house but also tie the grid in for backup power. None of that. As long as your array is smaller than 1800 watts, you can put it all into one outlet as well (15 amps is what most household circuits are rated at)

    If you produce less power than you use, that's fine, you'll be credited for the power being generated and save on electricity. If you produce more power than you use, that depends on where you live and your power company's policy. Where I'm from in Ontario Canada we can't earn an income from a normal residential power connection, but we get a credit that lasts up to a full year to pull some free power later. If you produce a significant amount you can sign up for a FIT/micro FIT, which the power company will send someone to inspect your system, and give you a second power meter. This lets you sell power to the grid (sometimes at a higher rate than you buy it), and then buy it back. Can give significant savings depending on the rates the company will buy power from you at. Possibly not worth the hassle for small systems.

  8. We live off-grid. A large savings can also result from switching to an on-demand water heater. Sure, it's a larger up-front investment, but the efficiency is far and away better.

  9. Is it possible yet to use an off grid inverter with grid tie inverters?
    A couple of batteries to fire up the off grid inverter to get the power flowing then the grid ties will kick in. Does this mean less power from the off grid system? would I just need a place to dump excess electricity?
    12cents a kWh its 28cents here in Aus and no off peak just flat rate 28cents (was 24cents but I got solar panels and to get feed in tariff had to go on solar plan gives me 8c per kWh back to grid now changed to 6c kWh back to grid) asked my supplier about off peak said they would need $600 to change my place to off peak if Iam using enough elec to qualify for off peak.
    I asked my supplier why my neighbors have off peak and was told we cant charge people who use a lot of electricity to much. I feel Iam being ripped off and want to disconnect the line from my home, batteries cost to much and dont last long enough when running a house with an 5000w  inverter in a house of 5 people.
    My elec bill per quarter is $600 power bill says we use an average of 20kwh a day thats with two solar systems hooked up 1.6kw with 3000watt grid inverter on house 1.6kw on shed with 1000w grid tie inverter china power point job. Told all this to my supplier they gave me a 31% discount on elec and 20% on gas but still I`d rather not have to deal with energy suppliers.

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