Nowadays, traditional solar systems are not enough for consumers. Even with a solar panel system installed, you can have high electricity bills if you don’t monitor your energy usage. Smart energy systems analyzing your energy consumption and solar energy production have also become essential for renewable energy consumers.
And what is solar energy? Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source. It is the energy from the sun which is converted into electrical or thermal energy. We use solar energy to power homes and machines, and to lighten our houses and cities.
The consumption monitoring system will let you be informed on your solar energy production and energy consumption in a few minutes. So, homeowners are interested in getting informed on their monitoring. Accordingly, consumption monitoring systems are becoming more and more popular.
What Is Consumption Monitoring?
Consumption monitoring is an optional feature measuring energy usage at your home. Consumption monitoring services change the way people and companies use electricity and electrical devices. A house or a building with a solar panel monitoring system becomes a smart place with various capabilities and features for energy consumption control.
Consumption monitoring systems consist of smart hardware, software and data tools. The additional hardware, also called the current transformer, is installed near the energy use circuits and measures use on electrical lines. Monitoring software allows you to easily view how many kilowatt-hours of electricity your solar panels produce in real-time. The solar energy monitoring system sends all this data with numbers and graphs to your devices through an internet connection.
Consumption monitoring will allow you to adapt your electricity consumption according to the PV production, therefore minimizing your electricity bills and increasing your self-consumption. So, a solar panel monitoring system tracks the performance of your solar system. It measures your energy consumption, battery charge and discharge, solar energy production, optimization of energy usage, error detection to the solar system, grid data. Ergo, with a monitoring system, you will control the environmental data, like solar radiation, module temperature, and more.
Solar panel companies usually offer you a physical solar monitoring system at your home or suggest having access to data using a mobile app or other smart home devices.
Generally, the solar energy monitoring system is very durable and requires little to no maintenance. However, you need to check your solar system to ensure it is running correctly.
Why The Consumption Monitoring System?
So, why choose a consumption monitoring system?
The monitoring system will let you remotely control your energy consumption and warn you in case of possible deviations. Moreover, the system will provide you with real-time analytics and visualization of your power consumption.
Besides, you can calculate your future electricity consumption and cost with the help of a monitoring system. All the information and data required are immediately available on your mobile phone. If you are busy, you can receive your energy usage report with real-time push notifications on your mobile phone.
Explore Your Energy Consumption
Solar energy consumers using consumption monitoring services are often more satisfied with their solar systems. Monitoring systems will also help you decide whether you need more energy to meet your energy demands or if you should have an additional energy storage system to gain more.
Hence, an energy consumption monitoring system will provide you with energy usage data and let you control your energy usage. So, the monitoring system will let you measure and consequently manage your power usage. Moreover, consumption data is useful in helping a system owner better understand energy usage. Identifying your peak energy usage time and energy-wasting, your energy usage efficiency will increase soon.
Solar Energy Ssage Efficiency
Solar panel efficiency is one of the key factors when speaking about solar energy. Solar power efficiency shows the amount of light transferred into electricity. The low efficiency can be the result of solar panel glass cover reflecting the light or the distance between solar panel cells.
So, solar efficiency shows how much electricity will be generated from the solar panel. With an efficient monitoring system, you will be notified in case of solar system failure.
The solar energy system will never function flawlessly on its highest efficiency. So, if you want to avoid significant energy losses and improve your solar system efficiency caused by cabling problems, climate, solar panel direction, and panel inverter, install a solar monitoring system. Remember that a good design generates minimal losses. Cooling the monitoring system down will help you as well.
Author of a publication: Irene Abgaryan