Your Solar System This Winter

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Your Solar System This Winter

A Sungevity solar installation in Highland, NY sees snow for the first time.

The snow storm dubbed #snowpocalypse that hit the East Coast on Monday may not have lived up to its hashtag, but even a little snow can make life more complicated. On the bright side, your solar system doesn’t require any additional maintenance to run smoothly in snowy weather. Just keep these simple tips in mind to keep your system operating safely all winter long.

Be aware of snow and ice accumulating on your solar panels

After heavy snowfall, snow or ice may accumulate on your rooftop and cover the panels. Please do not try and remove the snow yourself – we don’t want you to slip and fall. The snow will slide off on its own as the sun warms up the panels, and the system will go back to producing electricity. Please use caution and good judgment when walking under or around the panels while there is snow on your rooftop. Try to avoid parking your car, or keeping other valuables, under the roof’s edge.

Don’t worry that your system is producing less electricity these months

You may see your system’s production decrease these winter months, and that’s normal! We took seasonal variation into consideration when we designed your system and estimated your annual production. You have the upcoming summer production to look forward to and Sungevity’s production guarantee on your side.

Consider these energy saving tips to make the most of your clean electricity

Using energy more efficiently this winter can also help keep your utility bills under control. Before turning on your heater, check your ducts for leaks. Make sure to close your damper when the fireplace is not in use. And our favorite: take advantage of sunny days to heat your house. Open the curtains on your south-facing windows during the day and close them at night to lock the warmth in.

No matter the forecast, remember that we have your back

Don’t hesitate to email us at [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.