A funny thing happens once most people go solar: they experience an irresistible urge to find out how much energy their system is generating. It will happen to you, too, once you convert to clean, natural solar energy for your home.
Trust us, you’ll want to know what your system is doing!
Even if in your pre-solar days you never even once thought about how much energy you used, going solar makes you think holistically about your energy use, so much so that you’ll begin to care about energy production as well as energy consumption.
After all, every kilowatt generated represents savings in your pocket. So, it’s a good thing there’s an easy way to find out how well your new system is working and it’s called a solar monitoring system. Once you go solar, you’ll want one too!
You’ll want one because monitoring solar performance is not only fun and satisfying, but it can also help you get more out of your solar installation. Here’s why…
Tracking your solar power production will bring joy to your life.
You don’t have to be a bean-counter, a tightwad, or a Frugal Franny to take full satisfaction from measuring the performance of your home solar system. The performance of your system translates directly into savings as well as a smaller carbon footprint, something everyone can feel good about.
Got kids? Then the joy is even greater.
Families can get their kids involved with monitoring, providing lots of opportunities for learning. Kids love energy conservation!
Schools teach the basic principles of solar energy, energy conservation, and climate change…what better way to supplement those lessons than with an at-home demonstration of solar energy production? These lessons will all be brought to you by your solar monitor.
Here’s another reason: real-time monitoring can alert you to problems.
A solar monitor will allow you to observe, in real time, how much energy your system is generating. When it’s cloudy, you’ll see a drop in production. On sunny days, you’ll see the meter churning away, adding power to the grid.
This monitor helps you understand your system so that should there ever be a problem, you’ll know it right away. For example, a drastic downturn in energy production when the sun is shining is a definite sign that something’s amiss!
A solar monitor can even help you save money.
Improve efficiency by looking at your historical data, too. Identify patterns and use that knowledge to gauge whether your system is running at peak efficiency.
For example, if you’re in tune with patterns of your system’s energy production given average hours of sun each day, then you’ll easily notice if those levels seem off. This inaccuracy probably indicates a problem in your system.
We partner with Locus Energy. It’s cloud-based!
Locus Energy offers a cloud-based app so you can monitor your solar production from anywhere. Need a mental pick-me-up at work? Just check the app and see your energy production ticking away, generating clean energy and putting money in your pocket.
You can use the app to even set up alerts so you’ll always be on top of what’s happening with your system. You’ll want to know right away if your system experiences a problem. The diagnostic capabilities are of course something we take care of, but you’ll enjoy staying current on the health of your system, too.
For data geeks, solar monitoring opens up a whole new world.
For those who enjoy a good chart, solar monitoring is pure joy. Take your historical data and plot it any number of ways, viewing energy production over time, across the seasons, by the hour, and more.
Tie consumption into production levels to save money.
You can even plan energy consumption so that it coincides with the most productive months of the year. Want to really save money? Try to cut consumption down to production levels and you’ll truly be lightening your carbon footprint (not to mention saving a bundle).