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Understanding Time-of-Use Rates and How They Affect Your Solar Savings
Are you enjoying the benefits of solar panels on your roof? Well, there’s something else you should know about – Time-of-Use rates! If you’re not familiar with them, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
When it comes to your electricity rate plan, there’s more than one option. The most common one is the fixed-rate plan, where the cost per kilowatt-hour remains constant throughout the day. But have you considered the time-of-use rates? Let us tell you all about it!
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What are Time-of-Use Rates?
TOU rates are electricity pricing plans where the cost per kWh varies depending on the time of day. This means that during certain times of the day, the cost of electricity may be higher or lower than usual. Typically, TOU rates have three different time periods:
Peak period: This is when energy demand is at its highest and electricity prices are the most expensive.
Off-peak period: This is when energy demand is at its lowest and electricity prices are the least expensive.
Shoulder period: This falls in between the peak and off-peak periods, with electricity prices being slightly higher than off-peak but lower than peak.
These time periods vary depending on your location and utility company, so it’s important to check with them to understand their specific TOU rate schedule.
How do Time-of-Use Rates Affect Solar Savings?
Well, Let’s talk about how your solar panels can really make a difference. Did you know that solar panels generate the most energy when it’s nice and sunny outside? And guess what? That’s usually during the peak and mid-peak hours when electricity rates are highest. But don’t worry, because you can actually use these rates to your advantage.
Now, you might be wondering how this affects your solar savings. Well, it all comes down to when you use the electricity you produce from your panels.
For those who produce more than they consume:
If your solar system is producing more electricity than your household is using during the peak period, you will receive a credit for that excess energy at the peak TOU rate. This means more savings for you as the peak TOU rate is typically higher than the off-peak and shoulder rates.
For those who consume more than they produce:
If your household consumes more electricity during the peak period than your solar system produces, you will be charged at the peak TOU rate for that extra energy. This can result in higher utility bills, so it’s important to understand your household’s energy consumption patterns and adjust them accordingly.
For those who have battery storage:
If you have a battery storage system, you can store excess energy produced during off-peak periods and use it during peak periods. This can help reduce your reliance on the grid during peak hours when electricity prices are highest.
Tips for Maximising Solar Savings with TOU Rates
Understand your household’s energy consumption patterns: By knowing when you use the most electricity, you can plan to produce and store energy during off-peak periods for use during peak periods.
Make small changes to your daily routine: Simple adjustments like running appliances or charging electric vehicles during off-peak periods can make a big difference in your monthly utility bills.
Consider investing in battery storage: As mentioned earlier, having a battery storage system can help you save even more on your electricity bills.
Monitor and track your energy usage: By keeping an eye on your energy usage, you can make informed decisions about when to use or store electricity to maximise savings.
Why Choose Warma Solar for your solar panel needs?
At Warma Solar, we pride ourselves on providing reliable and cost-effective solar solutions to homeowners. Our team of experts will guide you through the entire process – from understanding your energy needs to choosing the right solar system for your home.
We also offer competitive pricing and financing options to make the switch to solar even more accessible. Get in touch with us today for a free quote and start enjoying the benefits of solar energy with Time-of-Use rates!
So don’t wait any longer, take control of your energy costs and make the switch to solar today.
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