Installing commercial solar panels is an excellent way to make your organization more environmentally-friendly. If you’re worried about making the transition from standard electricity to solar, it helps to learn more about it. You may not notice any real changes in the way your energy is delivered and there won’t be any disruption. However, there are some ways you can change your habits to make your system more effective.
Reduce your electricity consumption
Although reducing your electricity consumption may seem like the most obvious solution, not everyone knows where to start. Consider where your business may be wasting energy unnecessarily. Common culprits include:
• Leaving devices such as computers and TVs on standby
• Leaving chargers plugged in
• Using inefficient bulbs
Making small tweaks to the wastage above has a big impact over time. Ensure you and your employees perform a regular review of your habits to see long-term positive changes.
Make hot water electrically
If your commercial solar panel system is producing plenty of energy, make sure you put it to good use. A lot of businesses rely on gas for heating water. Although gas often results in less energy wastage than electricity, using it too often isn’t good for the planet. Additionally, it can be more hazardous than electricity if there’s a problem with your tank. Switching to an electric water heater gives you the chance to make your solar panel system work harder. If you want to make it work harder while taking a smart approach, time your heater so that it works during the day. Unless you have battery storage, this is the best way to make sure you use your solar-generated electricity rather than using it from the grid.
Look into tax rebates and grants
Depending on the size of your business, you may be able to access one of the many power incentives available. The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme (SRES) may allow you to access financial assistance for investing in solar power. If your turnover is under a certain amount, you’ll also benefit from tax incentives in the form of asset write-offs. Together, the SRES payments and your tax incentives may help you save enough money to invest in your business elsewhere.
Be proud of your commercial solar panels
If you’re going to the effort of adding solar panels to your business, make sure you shout about it. A lot of consumers prefer to make environmentally-friendly choices. As a movement that’s showing no signs of slowing down, it can act as a great motivating factor for those who have spending decisions to make.
Advertise the fact that you use renewable energy on your site, via your blog, and on your physical premises. That way, customers who are trying to choose between you and an alternative business may be swayed by your efforts.
At Arise Solar, we install commercial solar panel systems of varying sizes. Whether you’re looking into a modest 10 kWh or a large 100 kWh system, we have something for you. To learn more or to get a quote,