Tracking Your Solar Savings to Get the Most Out of Your Investment
Solar tracking helps you add up your energy savings. Here’s how.
Did you know that solar panels start to recoup costs the minute you turn them on? The electricity produced by solar will reduce – maybe even eliminate – your monthly energy bill. And after a few years, solar systems completely pay for themselves. But how do you track all these savings?
With conventional solar systems, most rely on solar calculators, many of which are third-party tools that can help homeowners understand some important criteria: some geographic data to calculate a rough estimate of your home’s solar potential, some use geographic and meteorological data, some are designed to demonstrate potential savings with a solar installation and the potential up-front costs of the installation itself.
When you invest in solar for your home, the last thing you need are more tools to complicate a process that is supposed to simplify your energy use. Of course, there are other ways to calculate savings to get the most out of your investment, such as net metering and web monitoring, but a home solar investment should be a one-stop solution.
While calculators are an extension of conventional, run-of-the-mill solar panels, with SunPower, calculations are already built into the SunPower difference.
With SunPower, you get the included EnergyLink monitoring system, which provides real time insight into your solar habits, from energy used to energy created. When you can easily see your solar savings right from the source, it’s easy to start planning for what to do with them. All you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet to monitor your energy production and consumption, with no need to bother with third-party, hard-to-use (and read) tools.
Solar panels are more than environmentally friendly, they’re an investment with a powerful return. Tracking your solar panel output helps you make certain your system is working properly. If you’re going to make an investment in your home with solar, shouldn’t you stay informed about how much your panels have produced over time, and how much energy and money you’ve saved?