SOLAR POWER GENERATION IN SUMMER VS. WINTER: AN LA HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE
The days are getting longer and the weather’s heating up. For most LA residents, air conditioning is a summertime necessity, and relief from the heat comes with an unwelcome spike in electric bills. The season’s increased energy usage is just one of the many reasons to have your solar system installed and activated before summer starts. Let’s take a look at why, and at how solar power generation varies from summer to winter.
A/C Usage & Energy Efficiency in the Summer
You know better than anyone how your electric bills increase during the summer. There are a lot of variables involved, including:
- House size
- Energy efficiency
- Seasonal heavy energy loads such as A/C, pool pumps, and ongoing loads like EV charger usage
Generally speaking, A/C, pool pumps, and EV chargers account for the heaviest energy loads for most homes. This can lead to higher bills, since as much as half of the energy used in the home goes to heating and cooling. Paying for electricity based on usage and skimping on the amount of A/C you use can be a good money-saver, but energy efficiency only goes so far in fending off those summer bills. Also, it can be extremely uncomfortable for you and your family.
A better option would be to make use of solar energy. With the sun as a free, renewable fuel source, the cost of power remains the same regardless of usage, as long as your system is big enough to handle your power needs. Keeping your power costs stable will be especially important as SCE continues moving to a time-of-use (TOU) pricing model for residential customers for more on TOU and solar, click here.
More Sun Means More Power, Right?
Now you may be wondering, does your solar system produce more power during the summer? The short answer is yes: solar systems in the LA area will generate close to 40% more power in summer compared with winter. The longer answer is that the exact amount varies depending on several factors, starting with the sun’s orientation in the sky (which determines how much daylight we get). Professional installers take all of these factors into account when designing your system.