While everyone is at work or school. As a result, the home is using the least amount of electricity it will use in a 24-hour period. The sun is up and charging the solar panels fully.
The home does not use any power from the grid. Subsequently, the energy from the solar panels moves into the home. There is too much energy for the quiet home to use. This extra energy goes back outside the home and into the grid.
Many homeowners enjoy credits from the utility company for this excess energy. Some areas offer “net metering”, which means the homeowner sells the energy at the same rate at which they buy it. Every utility company is different; check with the local company for specific details.
As the sun starts to move into the west, energy absorption reduces through the solar panels. However, the panels are still charged, and keep powering the home without the grid.
Energy credits continue to grow as the home continues to give back to the grid. As most of the family still isn’t home, this time is considered a low-energy part of the day.
The home switches back to full grid power as the family begins to come home, use appliances, lights, and entertainment devices. In a typical home, evenings mean high energy and grid usage.
However, this is where most homeowners break even, as the home has used solar all day and provided power back to the utility company.