Putting in solar panels is the ideal way to both reduce your power bills and help the planet by producing some of your own energy.
Better still, it’s easy – once installed on your roof, you can even forget that your panels are there. But that can actually be a problem!
As your panels convert the sun’s power into electricity for your home, they do so silently and don’t need any input from you – except that if they’re kept clean, they’ll work more efficiently.
So how often should you be thinking about solar panel cleaning in Perth?
The air in the WA capital is clean, but Perth can get windy so you may find that your panels are getting dirty enough for a quick clean every couple of months.
Keeping the panels crisp and clean means they are more able to efficiently turn that sunlight into usable power.
So how should you go about doing your solar panel cleaning in Perth?
1. Assess whether you need to do any solar panel cleaning at all. If the system is working well and the panels are visibly very clean, it may not be worth the risk of getting on the roof and damaging the panels by scrubbing them.
2. If they do look a little grimy, turn off the system and ask yourself, ‘Do I even need to get up on the roof?’ That’s because it’s safer to stay on the ground than to get up on the roof, so using a soft brush with a pole extension may be a great option.
3. Next, what not to do: don’t use very harsh and abrasive chemicals or sponges, because it is important not to damage or scratch the panels. Treat the glass like the finish on your car and use a normal rag, sponge, slightly soapy water and plenty of elbow grease.
4. In Perth, do your solar panel cleaning regularly. The good news is that if you are careful, cleaning your solar panels will not damage them, so the more often they are cleaned, the less hard you will need to work each time and you might even get away with a simple hosing off.Photo: cleaning the solar panels by bkusler licensed under Creative commons 2