Tips when you have Solar on your rental property

Solar panels can save you a lot of money by reducing your power bill. There are a number of things that you can do to maximise this.

The most important is to shop around for your energy supplier.
With solar there are two parts you need to consider. The first is how much they will charge you for the power you use from the grid and the other part is what they call the Feed in Tariff. This is the money the power company will pay you for the solar power you don’t use and is fed back into the grid.
Currently you can get up to 16c for this FIT.
The government website can assist you with this.
The best way to save money is to use as much of your power during the day while your solar energy is being produced. This is saving you the cost of using this power from the grid (around 32c per Kwh).
Some of the ways you can do this are:
Running your washing machine, dishwasher etc during the day. If they have a timer then get them to run in the middle of the day, especially if you are out for the day working.
If you are home do as much of your cooking/baking during the day. You can always reheat quickly in the evening.
If you have a reverse cycle air conditioner, run the heater/ cooling in the afternoon to take the worse of the cold/heat out of the house. Combine this with closing the curtains and blinds.

Our facebook page has regular hints and tips on how to manage your power.

Download these tips as a pdf.