If you’ve decided to embrace solar energy, you’ve made a great choice. Not only are you helping Australia and the world to steer away from non-renewable fossil fuel sources that are damaging the environment and will one day run out, solar energy is powered by our magnificent sun. So how long does solar energy last? Forever!
When it comes to your panels, the great news is that once your solar panels are installed on your roof, not only are they reliable and very low maintenance, they are protected by long manufacturers’ warranties and will last for decades.
As for the energy you and the sun are now generating just for your home, there are plenty of things you can do to ensure the answer to the question ‘How long does solar energy last?’ is ‘A long time!’
Maximise your panels
Firstly, check that your panels are being installed where they will always get direct sunlight – a panel that is usually shaded by a tree is a wasted panel! And, every now and then, check that your panels are clean and not covered in dirt and bird droppings.
Learn about usage
Another thing you can do is learn when best to use your power. Because the sun is out and shining in the day, that’s the best time to use things like dishwashers and washing machines, rather than at night when the sun is having a rest.
Once you are generating your own power and slashing your power bills, you will become even more conscious than before about how to conserve power around the house. For instance, do you really need your central heating set to 30 degrees in winter? 22 degrees and wearing a jumper is a wiser choice. Similarly, when it’s summer, why turn your air conditioner to full power when a lower setting will get your house to a comfortable – if not freezing cold – temperature?
Save your energy
Switching to LED or more energy-efficient light bulbs, hanging your clothes out rather than using the dryer, improving your house insulation and cutting out droughts, and switching from electric to gas power for your cooking are all other clever ways to make your solar energy last longer.