There are two sources of information available….
Information about the amount of solar energy sent to the grid and energy purchased from the grid can be obtained from power bills.
Having a good monitoring system on your solar power system allows you to analyse data when you want, rather than having to wait for the next bill to arrive. Most newer systems have some form of energy monitoring.
System monitoring data can provide more detailed information about imported & exported energy variation at different times of the day, as well as energy consumed directly by home appliances.
The extent and patterns of export & import is crucial to determining the best energy plan and/or whether to employ other methods that are available to make the best use of solar production.
It certainly pays to have a system with good monitoring facilities.
“You cannot manage that which you do not measure”
If you don’t know what is happening from day to day as far as your energy usage is concerned, any decision made will be based on guesswork. To make effective decisions about the best use of your excess solar energy, you must have a good understanding of your energy consumption profile and imported/exported energy data.
If you have an older system that doesn’t have suitable monitoring or data output capability, we have energy monitoring solutions that can be added to your system to enable energy monitoring and collection of data for analysis and thus help you make the best use of your excess solar.
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