How solar self consumption can reduce your carbon footprint

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Published November 9th, 2017

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Why you should save your energy

It’s a great feeling to generate electricity and share it with others when you don’t need it. But with reductions in solar feed-in-tariffs across the country getting the most out of your solar system is now more important than ever. What is solar self-consumption? Why should you care? And how can you use it to make your household more sustainable?

Solar self-consumption your vital solution to sustainable energy

It’s great knowing that every day it’s sunny and even on some days it’s not, you can generate solar from your panels. It’s even better knowing that the energy you’re creating is making a difference – it’s adding clean renewable energy to our electricity system. With solar self consumption, you can make your household more efficient, and make sure what you don’t need is shared to the electricity grid.

What is solar self consumption?

Simply, solar self-consumption means to use/consume the solar power you generate.

Live a solar sustainable life and save on your power bill

As one of the more than 1.64 million Australian households with solar panels on your roof, by self-consuming your solar when you need it, you can reduce your need to purchase electricity from the grid and share your excess more efficiently and sustainably.

When no one is home to use electricity during the day, all the electricity you generate disappears into the electricity grid. While it’s great that you’re adding more renewable energy to our grid, later when you need to use electricity and have to buy it from the grid this is counterproductive.

Considering more than 60 per cent of all electricity in Australia comes from high-polluting coal-fired power generation choosing to power your home from renewable energy sources can drastically reduce your carbon footprint. Not to mention that when you produce excess and share your electricity back to the grid it’s making a real difference to your community.

How to self consume your solar

When there’s no-one home during the day there are a few things you can do to self-consume what you are generating.

  • Timers –  Set timers during the day to get the best value from the electricity you generate. Using your power hungry appliances when you are creating energy from your solar panels, not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also your electricity bill.
  • Solar batteries – Working with your solar panels, smart solar battery systems such as Reposit can predict how much your solar panels will generate and knows when to store or share your energy to lower your power bills.  Batteries let you store the free energy you’re generating so you don’t have to buy from the electricity grid and dirty coal-fired power stations. Smart solar batteries will also know when you produce more electricity than you need and sell your clean energy back to the grid when you don’t need it.
  • Home Energy Management Systems – Home energy management systems like Reposit First let you monitor your energy consumption, track when your panels are producing energy and can predict when you have excess energy. So you know when you should try to reduce your energy consumption, and help the planet.

Find out more about Reposit smart solar battery systems or Reposit’s home energy management system or request a quote. We can help you better use the energy you generate and share the energy you don’t need to lower your carbon footprint and create a sustainable electricity grid.

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