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Home Batteries and Storage
For a sustainable and potentially lucrative alternative to powering their homes, many people are turning to the increasingly popular solar home battery. This is not a new technology but its importance has been magnified in recent years due to the concern over how we must protect the planet and the decrease in the supply of renewable energy. Storing energy that is naturally generated by the sun for later use through solar panels has huge potential for homeowners, particularly if you live in a warm climate.
What are Home Batteries ?
Home batteries are often referred to as a solar battery, they are basically a way of storing electricity produced during sunlight so that it can be used at a later time. Typical procedure is when solar PV panels are used to charge the battery during the day, these are normally placed on the roof of your premises. They can also be charged up electrically but it is advised to do this during off peak times to save yourself money.
How Much Energy Can I Store in a Home Battery?
Home battery systems come in many different capacities and vary in solar panel sizes too.
Each battery has a capacity which is measured in kWh (kilowatt hours) and therefore 10kWh is ten thousand watts used for 1 hour. Depending on the model you have, there may be options to build extra battery modules and simultaneously increase the storage capacity. This is particularly handy if you have a fixed capacity module which is often set between 2kWh and 14kWh.
How Much Do Home Batteries Cost?
As with most things, the prices do fluctuate and will vary drastically depending on size. There are a number of additional factors to consider before accurately estimating the full cost of a home battery. These include but are not limited to the following;
- Battery life cycle
- Storage capacity
- The usable capacity
- Energy rating
- Chemical materials and how its made