A residential solar system can help you dramatically reduce the running costs of your property. To find out how much money you can save with a residential solar power system, here are some factors that need to be considered:

  • Your average energy use
  • Usage patterns
  • Your feed-in tariff rate
  • The size of the solar power system you install
  • How much you pay for grid energy
  • Where you live
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How Much Can You Save With Residential Solar?

System Size Power Produced Solar Used Daily Saving Yearly Saving
3kw 12.7kWh 7.0kWh $3.09 $1,129
4kw 16.9kWh 8.5kWh $4.05 $1,480
5kw 21.1kWh 9.6kWh $4.99 $1,822
6kw 25.3kWh 10.5kWh $5.90 $2,153

* Based on Solar Proof model using $0.28/kWh energy cost and $0.20 solar feed-in-tariff with standard residential energy profile average use of 25kWh/day and solar inverter limit of 5kW.

By efficiently using the electricity your residential solar system produces you can reduce the amount electricity your home exports to the electricity grid and deliver further savings.

For example, please refer to the table below, which shows the difference in savings when your home is exporting different of it’s solar-generated electricity back into the grid. All values are based on a 5kw solar system.

How Much Do Residential Solar Savings Change When Usage Patterns Change?

System Size Energy Produced kWh Energy Saving Daily % Fed into Grid kWh to Grid Solar Used kWh Total Daily Saving Total Yearly Saving
5kw 20 $7.00 10% 2 18 $6.46 $2,357.90
5kw 20 $7.00 20% 4 16 $5.92 $2,160.80
5kw 20 $7.00 30% 6 14 $5.38 $1,963.70
5kw 20 $7.00 40% 8 12 $4.84 $1,766.60
5kw 20 $7.00 50% 10 10 $4.30 $1,569.50
5kw 20 $7.00 60% 12 8 $3.76 $1,372.40
5kw 20 $7.00 70% 14 6 $3.22 $1,175.30

As you can see there is quite a difference in the potential savings when less of the electricity produced by your solar system is being fed back into the grid. When we install a residential solar system with any of our clients we discuss the best ways to optimise the use of the electricity generated by their new solar system so they are obtaining the full savings potential that a new solar system can bring.

It must be noted that these figures do not take into account the yearly rise in electricity costs. If these electricity price rises are factored in to the savings calculation, your savings will be even larger (because you won’t be paying the higher prices to the electricity company).

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How Much Solar Power Do I Need For My House?

The biggest factors to consider when working out how many solar panels you need are:

  1. The amount of roof space you have to fit solar panels on
  2. Appliances you run / how much energy you use each day
  3. How much money you can get as a Feed-in-tariff
  4. Whether you might get a solar power battery system later

How much roof space do you need for a solar power system?

Modern solar panels (written in 2019) are usually 2m x 1m and produce approximately 300W each.

So if your roof is 15m x 5m on the North face, you could fit at least 2 rows of 13 panels. This would be 26 solar panels and if they are each 300W it would be 7.8kW!

This is usually more than enough solar power for your home.

What if my roof is shaded?

Shading from trees and other obstacles can reduce your solar power system output! This will affect your solar savings potential. It is always best to avoid shade wherever possible, but if you can’t avoid it then you need to manage it.

Some shade management strategies for home solar power systems:

  • Trim back any trees which are shading the best roof areas for solar panels
  • Relocate any antennae or other roof obstacles where possible
  • Cut down stink pipes if possible
  • Install solar panel optimisers or micro-inverters – although this increases the cost of your solar power system, it will ensure optimal performance where shading is inevitable.
What if my roof doesn’t face North?

Solar panels produce more energy the more sunlight they get. But it’s very common to have solar panels facing East and West. This reduces the average output by around 10% – 15%. South-facing panels will also produce energy, although usually 15% – 25% less than optimal North facing solar panel systems.

Is it still worth it if I have a small roof?

If you can only fit a small solar power system on your roof, it’s still worth getting solar panels. Although you won’t save as much money as you would with a larger system, you should still be able to see a 3 – 4 year Return On Investment. Which means you’ll still make a good amount of savings for the outlay.