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Making the most out of solar energy

Published on:
27 March 2024

With solar energy being more available now more than ever and with more households making the switch to using solar energy, with more than 1.2 million homes in the UK (around 4.3% of the UK’s population) using solar energy, it begs the question of how to use the energy generated by solar panels in the most effective way possible to make sure you get the most out of your energy and that the energy generated is being used in an efficient way.

Panel Performance

One of the key ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of solar energy is to make sure your panels are still performing to the best of their ability. Solar panels don’t require too much upkeep. At most the battery will need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years. Solar panels also require to be cleaned at least twice a year – however, due to lack of moving parts, this makes it a lot easier to do. 

Due to the lack of moving parts within solar panels too this makes the panels less prone to breaking, rusting or falling to any type of large damage over the years, which is why they’re the best choice of renewable energy at the moment, as well as being able to be installed quickly, efficiently and ready for you to use your energy as quick as possible so you can reap the benefits of solar energy immediately! 

Making sure your solar panels are being taken care of and are in the best condition may sound complicated but it’s a lot simpler than it sounds, seeing as they don’t require much maintenance at all making them very easy and cheap to take care of.


Obviously, since solar panels rely on the energy generated by the sun it’s natural to strike while the iron is hot and take full advantage of the sun when it’s shining using less of the power of your local grid and more of your own energy that saves you money on your bills since you’re relying on your own power and could also change energy usage habits to be more reliant on the daytime than the nighttime which are all habits that will end up saving you money in the long run.

This way, if you get all the large pieces of work that require large amounts of energy consumption it’s coming directly from your own power source rather than the local grid that will end up costing you more money. 

Upgrade your appliances

Upgrading your appliances and homewares to alternatives that can use solar energy’s power in a more efficient way is another good way to make the most out of solar energy.

Switching to LED light bulbs means that they can use all of the energy that solar power generates as light, whereas with traditional light bulbs that need to be heated in order for them to work is what the majority of the energy is used on.

These light bulbs are a better use of the solar panels energy as none of the energy will be wasted on heating up the filament for the light bulb in order for it to glow. Using larger appliances one at a time to minimise the amount of electricity that would otherwise be used by the grid and not solar energy.

This is just one example out of many appliances that can be upgraded to make better use of the power generated by the solar panels. This will very much show when it comes to looking at your energy bills as the energy will not have had to use as much energy as it would need too with other appliances that don’t use solar energy efficiently. 


There are several apps that can help keep track of energy conservation and tell you just how efficiently your panels are performing, by using these they can help with your habits on energy and how much you’re using them enabling good habits to be made in terms of energy consumption and usage.

The apps can also monitor how well your panels are in shape and can quickly identify any issues the panels may have. These are useful since they help to make sure that everything is running smoothly so you can get the most out of your solar panels and the energy they make.

Smart metres are also another rising piece of technology that shows you how much you’re spending on electricity on the grid which will make you aware of how much electricity you’re using and can once again enable good habits to be made in order to cut down on electricity bills and reliance on electricity and energy from the national grid.

Wrapping Up

There are many ways to make the most out of solar energy. Making sure that the panels stay in their best condition means that they will help your building stay with efficient energy and will save you money on electricity and energy bills and reduce your reliance on the national grid. 

With solar energy becoming more efficient and more sought after, homeowners are being more cautious about their consumption of electricity and energy since a little can be a lot and when people could be saving and gaining money from using solar energy instead of losing it by paying electricity bills there’s more of a demand for solar energy more than ever.