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How to maximize savings while using the solar energy system


When we created your solar energy system, we used your utility data to customize the layout, catering it specifically toward your personal energy use. Because of that, the system production should support the amount of energy you’re consuming each month. By understanding your utility plan, solar agreement, and how to assess your solar production, you'll always be able to check and see whether or not your solar energy system is efficiently producing energy. Outside of those factors, here are some other helpful steps you can take to decrease your energy use and save money in the long run.

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Consider getting a solar battery

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Your solar energy system produces power during the day. A solar home battery stores any excess energy that your system has produced. Depending on how batteries are set up in your area, a solar home battery can store your energy a couple of different ways:

Method 1. The energy stored in the solar home battery will be available for your home to use during times when production from the solar energy system isn’t as strong, such as in the evening. As the battery storage is used and then refilled, the amount of energy stored in the battery will fluctuate over time.

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Method 2. The battery will hold onto the energy and only make it available for the home to use if the utility power goes down, such as during a blackout. Once the battery is “full,” any excess energy will go back into the utility grid and can appear as a credit on your utility bill. We’re currently offering solar batteries in select markets.

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For more information about solar home batteries, check out https://www.vivintsolar.com/battery and fill out our interest form at the bottom of the page.

Consider reaching out to your utility company about conducting an energy audit

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An energy audit is a service offered to you by your utility company. They’ll send a professional to your home to assess your energy usage. Based on their results, the auditor will make specific recommendations on what you can do to cut down on your energy bill. They may make recommendations, such as:

  • Check old appliances: some older models of refrigerators, stoves, washing machines, microwaves, and other appliances can use a lot of energy. Newer appliances typically use less energy, which will help cut down your electricity bill.
  • Adjusting your thermostat: adjust the thermostat when you’re not home. Some thermostats are programmable so you can command it to warm or cool down at different times of the day. Ensuring your thermostat is at the optimal temperature can help you save on your power bill. For more information check out What is a Reasonable Temperature for a House in Winter? and Best Temperature to Set Thermostat in Summer.
  • Checking doors and windows: take a look at your doors and windows to make sure there aren’t any leaks in the weather stripping. You can usually do this by putting your hand up against the edges and feeling for a draft. If you feel a draft, it’s an indication that you might need to replace the weather stripping.
  • Upgrading light bulbs: switch incandescent bulbs for fluorescent ones. They’ll last much longer and use less energy. According to zaks.com, fluorescent bulbs run seventy-five percent more efficiently than incandescent bulbs, which can save you quite a bit on your electricity bill each year.
  • Washing clothes with cold water: most of the energy used during laundry is used to heat the water. If you switch to a cold water detergent and wash your clothes using a lower temperature you could save at least $60 per year on your heating bill.
  • Lowering the temperature of your water heater: setting the water heater to 120 degrees should be just fine for your hot water needs and can potentially save you hundreds over the course of a year. It’s important to note that you should not do this is if you have skin or respiratory conditions that necessitate a higher temperature of the water.
  • Wearing warmer clothes: wear comfortable clothing indoors that complement the weather. You don’t have to adjust your thermostat as much if you dress for the occasion. Wear a sweater indoors during the winter. Wear tank-tops and shorts inside during the summer. A simple wardrobe change can save you a lot of money in the long run.
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