Discover the Power of Home Backup Batteries

Is backup battery system right for you?

Battery backups are a great way to have additional control over powering your home. We’re here to provide helpful information on whether a backup battery storage system is right for you, and help you understand the steps to get started.

Understanding if backup battery system could benefit your home.

Batteries have the biggest benefit if you have solar on your home, or are on a time-of-use rate or have an electric vehicle, or if you need continuous power for appliances or medical devices. Most of residential needs today will see savings from electrical battery storage. The ability to save power on off peak times to use during peak hours will make a difference electrical bill if have have a Solar System or not.

Maximize your solar investment. If you have solar photovoltaic (PV) system, having a battery backup system can help optimize carbon reduction impacts and lower energy bill.

Reduce your energy costs. If you are on a time-of use-rate or have an electric vehicle, your battery can charge when energy is cheaper, for example at nighttime and save energy when energy is more inexpensive.

General backup power: For solar customers, the grid acts as a battery under the Net Energy Metering program. If you feel you lose power multiple times per year, a battery storage system is capable of providing emergency power to an individual’s home for several hours.

Discover the Power of Home Backup Batteries

Battery backup technology performs 2 main functions:

  • Charging: from either your solar system, backup generator or from the Utility grid to be stored and used at a later time.
  • Discharging: using the energy stored by the battery to either power your home or return back to the Utility grid.

Take control of your Time-of-Use rate plan

Shift electricity use to lower-priced times of day

Time-of-Use rate plans are based on how much energy you use and when you use it. By storing some electricity at times when costs are less and use it later during peak hours you can lower your bill and help save the planet.

Understanding Net Energy Meter and your Energy Bill

What is net energy?

Net Energy Metering (NEM) program helps you reduce your monthly electric bill with the energy generated by your own private rooftop solar energy system. A special net meter measures the difference between the amount of electricity your system generates throughout the month and the amount of electricity your utility supplies. This difference is called net energy.

The electricity that your renewable system generates serves your home’s energy needs and reduces your monthly electric bill. Utility’s automatically supply additional power to your home when needed day or night. When your system generates more electricity than your home can use, the surplus energy exports to the electric grid.

Frequently Asked Questions About Home Battery Backup Systems

During the day, solar systems generate more energy than needed by your home. For solar owners without a battery, this excess energy is exported to the utility grid. The Utility then credits customers under the Net Energy Metering program. In the evening, when the solar system is not generating energy, the customer buys electricity from the grid to meet home energy needs.

Battery storage enables customers to store excess energy produced by their Solar System during the day, and then use this stored energy during the evening. The management software automatically determines the amount of excess solar energy to export to the grid or to store in the battery. Battery customers on a Time-of-Use Rate could save by reducing the amount of energy used from the grid when it’s the most expensive and carbon-intensive.

Yes, most systems can be programmed to do so your battery will continue to work during a power outage to supply power to your home.

A battery can power your home for 2-16 hours depending on the battery, how it is programmed, and the usage in the home.

Battery backup storage systems use Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries. The battery and all other included components are designed to last at least 10 years. For backup power, the duration of the power supply is dependent on overall home energy use, battery size and listed capacity on the battery.

Having battery storage does not mean that you are off the grid. Batteries are not a generator by themselves, they need to be charged either by the utility grid, generator or by solar system.

Most battery suppliers offer both indoor and outdoor options to suit individual consumers need. All our battery storage enclosures are UL (Underwriters Laboratories)-certified or National Electrical Manufacturers Association-rated to meet applicable safety standards.

Backup battery storage systems are generally very safe. The primary concern is the potential for overheating which is addressed through several safety measures, including:

  • Ensuring an adequate cooling system for the batteries
  • The inclusion of dividers between individual battery cells
  • Electronic protection circuits built into the battery pack
  • Real-time monitoring of system temperature, rate of charging and discharging
  • Remote shut-off via smart management software

The noise generated by a battery storage system is minimal and will not present excess noise. The volume when operating is equivalent to an an electric fan.

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