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How Much Energy Do Home Appliances Use?

Appliance Average Kilowatt Hours (kWh) Estimated Hours of Use per Month (Daily Usage x 30.4) X Estimated Average Energy Usage (kWh) = Estimated Energy Costs
Refrigerator 30-100 X =
Freezer 30-70 X =
TV 5-20 X =
Electric Oven 200-500 X =
Stove 300 X =
Microwave 80-100 X =
Electric Fireplace 100-200 X =
Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger 300-700 X =

Factors That Affect Your Solar Generation

Environmental Conditions

  1. Temperature: Solar panels are more efficient at converting sunlight into electricity when they operate at cooler temperatures. While sunlight is essential for solar energy production, extreme heat can reduce efficiency by decreasing voltage and overall power output. This phenomenon, known as the negative temperature coefficient, means that as temperatures rise, the efficiency of solar panels decreases.
  2. Sunlight Intensity: Bright, direct sunlight provides the optimal conditions for maximum energy production. On cloudy days or during periods of low sunlight intensity, such as early morning or late afternoon, solar panels produce less electricity.
  3. Cloud Cover: Cloud cover can significantly impact solar energy generation by reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the solar panels. Thick clouds block sunlight and can cause a dramatic drop in energy production, while thin clouds may only partially obstruct sunlight, resulting in a less pronounced decrease in output. Monitoring cloud cover and its effects on solar panel performance is essential for assessing daily energy generation and optimizing system efficiency.
To learn more about how to calculate the number of solar panels your home needs, check out our article: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need? Or fill out our quick solar survey to let the professionals do the math for you - and get quotes from multiple solar installers in your area at the click of a button!

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