3 Ways to Maintain Your Solar Panels
Updated: Apr 21, 2019
Investing in solar is a wise investment move and one that not only helps the environment, but saves you thousands of dollars over the years. Once you invest in solar, it’s also wise to make sure you are maintaining your solar panels well enough so that you make the most of that investment. Here are 4 ways to ensure that you are making the most out of your solar panels.
1) Connect your system to a monitoring app Many systems come preloaded with monitoring capabilities that tracks the energy output of your home system and tracks your energy usage. If you notice a sudden change, then it might be time to clean or get your panels checked out. These apps can also show how you are benefiting the environment, showing you how much less CO2 you are using compared to other systems, which can help with tax benefits when filing your tax return. An added benefit of these apps is diagnosing problems through your monitoring system. Many of these apps can tell you which areas of your solar panel are not functioning properly and need repair. 2) Check wires to make sure they were installed correctly Most clients with solar can get money back for the unused energy, so it’s important to ensure that your solar is installed properly. A bad wire job can decrease the efficiency of your system and waste energy, that’s why it’s important to have a reputable company install your system. 3) Clean your panels regularly With the recent wildfires in California, it’s important for homeowners with solar to know that wildfire ash can reduce solar’s effectiveness by 30%. Dirt, leaves, and other debris can easily build up and affect your panels. Clean your solar panels often, so that their production can be as efficient as possible. Maintenance and proper installation of solar panels is incredibly important as we move to renewable energy, in order to save money on utility bills and save the environment. Looking for solar installation in California? American Home Energy is an experienced residential solar installer serving California. Contact us for a free estimate: www.americahomenergy.com Thomas Enzendorfer has worked in the Solar Industry for over 10 years. He currently serves as CEO of American Home Energy—a California based pure-play white label EPC for the Solar industry--and personally mentors other solar-related companies. Prior to AHE, Thomas served as President of Soligent and was a member of the Management Board for Fronius USA. Consult with Thomas here…