One of the many benefits of solar energy systems is the ability to track and refine your energy use to your individual needs. With solar panels, it’s easy to monitor the power production of your home or business.
Benchmarking energy performances for your rooftop solar system helps you monitor and compare energy use over time, and can give you insights on where you can save, or even if your panels need maintenance. Taking extra steps to track the energy use of a rooftop solar system will increase its longevity and add extra savings to your monthly bill.
Write it down
This is the simplest way to monitor your solar system. Each day, or a few days a week, go check out your meter and write down the production. Try to check after the sunniest part of each day for your panels, as this is when they will have most likely produced the most energy for the day. Writing down weather patterns on the day you track your energy use is also helpful. Over time, you can compare how much energy your solar panels are producing during similar weather patterns. If you notice a discrepancy in production, it may be time to reach out to your solar company for a maintenance check. Keep in mind that less power is typically produced on cloudy and stormy days, so don’t mistake weather for a maintenance issue.
Set up computer or smart phone pairing
You can bump your benchmarking up a notch by installing a monitor that records and uploads daily production information to a computer or your smartphone, like our Neurio Monitoring System. By using this tool, you can analyze energy hogs in your home or business, as it monitors which appliances are using the most power. This user-friendly monitoring system is a personal solar energy tracking assistant. It will even point out days where your system produced less during similar conditions, and if you have a maintenance issue it will suggest where the issue may be located. As you adjust your use to your specific needs, you will see savings from month to month.
Benchmarking energy at your home or business is a great way to get ahead of the curve and get the most out of your solar panel energy production. If you have questions about setting up a new monitoring system, get in touch today!