Don't forget about energy efficiency
While using solar energy is great for the environment, it is still important to not waste electricity. Some solar owners tend to think less about energy efficiency and end up using more electricity than they did before going solar. Even after you've installed solar, you can reduce your energy bill by using less electricity.
How it works:
- Your solar power system was sized according to the way you used electricity before getting the system installed. If you start to be more relaxed about your electricity use, your system may not offset as much of your bill as you had planned.
- Make sure to turn off electronics and lights when they are not in use.
- Run appliances only when you have full loads (e.g., dishwashers, washers, and dryers) so you can run them less often.
- Set your thermostat a few degrees higher in the summer and a few degrees lower in the winter. Heating and cooling often use the most electricity in a home.
Go the extra mile: Replacing older, inefficient appliances with ENERGY STAR® appliances can make a big difference. For example, some ENERGY STAR refrigerators use as much electricity as one incandescent light bulb.