How to prepare solar panels for winter weather

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Installing solar panels in your home can be a great way to save on electricity costs and reduce your carbon footprint. But as you enter the winter months, you may wonder if you are still considering the benefits of your solar panels.

The good news is that while the outdoors may be cold and there are few hours of daylight, your solar panels can still capture sunlight and convert it into energy for your home. However, during this time your solar panels need some special care. Continue reading to learn how to prepare and maintain your solar panels for the winter.

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Adjust the angle of your panels

The sun angle in winter is different in summer. As a result, you need to adjust the angle of your solar panels to get the most out of the winter.

The sun is lower in the winter than in the summer, so you need your panels at an angle during those months. As an added benefit, the angled angle not only captures more sunlight but also helps the ice to fall off your panels more easily. Talk to your solar panel provider about your options before making any adjustments.

Reduce your energy consumption (or be prepared to pay extra for electricity)

Solar panels can still capture sunlight and create energy for your home during the winter. But with fewer hours of daylight, you can expect your solar panels to produce less energy than they do in the summer. As a result, you may need to reduce your energy consumption or be prepared to pay higher electricity bills. The good news is that there are many ways to reduce your energy use.

  • Switch to energy-saving light bulbs. They last longer and work better. In general, a 60 watt traditional bulb can be replaced by a 15 watt energy saving bulb.
  • Turn off lights and appliances that you do not use. Most of us realize that when we give up, we are wasting our energy.
  • Unplug small utilities you do not use. Even when not in use, you can still use a small amount of electricity, which increases your energy bill.
  • Turn off your thermostat. You can save money by changing the temperature in your home to a few degrees. Wear loose-fitting clothing to make yourself more comfortable.
  • Check your home defense. If your home has poor coverage, it will generate a lot of heat, which will cost you money.

Charge your batteries properly

You need to take special care to keep your solar panels running during the winter. It is important to keep your batteries at the right temperature. Batteries are not intended to operate at low temperatures in some regions. As a result, be sure to store or store your batteries indoors.

If you keep your batteries outdoors, check the temperature to make sure it is in the best range.

Check your battery flow

It is also important to look at your battery charging levels. It is not recommended to completely discharge your solar panels. In fact, some batteries may be suitable for a discharge rate of 70% to 80%, but the recommended discharge rate is 50%. During high usage days, you may be in the winter, so monitor your battery flow and consider investing in a backup generator.

Remove heavy snow from your panels

If you live in a snowy area, it is natural for some to rest on your solar panels. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Light snow can melt quickly. And there may be some benefit to snow on your solar panels as it can clean your panels in the event of a fall.

When some snow is good on your solar panels, beware of excessive snow. Snow-covered solar panels do not absorb sunlight in the same way. In addition, heavy snow can cause excess weight on your solar panels, which can cause stress on the loading points.

If you want to clear snow from your solar panels, make sure you use the right tool. A rough brush or scraper can damage your solar panels. Instead, use a soft snow brush that cleans the surface of your panels without scratching the surface.

Bottom line

The good news is that your solar panels can still capture sunlight and create energy for your home during the winter months. They may need a little extra care and attention until winter.

Continue reading to learn more about solar panels for your home

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