Can you imagine how convenient it would be to keep your essential appliances running even during a power failure? You won't have to scramble for a power source if you're doing something in the middle of the interruption plus, you get to keep some of your usual comforts like a fan to keep you cool, for example. This is why battery backups are essential. They are usually housed in a home battery storage system. Nowadays, a lot of portable power providers are getting more traction in the market and batteries are one of them.
Lithium batteries especially LiFEPO4 is exceptionally popular for their overall enhanced structure, safety, and performance. Either these portable battery packs are paired with an inverter, or they are utilised as a part of a solar panel setup. In this case, the batteries are also dubbed solar batteries.
What Is a Residential Battery?
A house battery or residential battery serves as a buffer between your home and the power grid. It mainly optimises your daily energy use and supplies reliable power in the event of a grid failure. This process happens by either taking power from the grid or your solar panels and deploying it in your home. Before, home batteries are known to be bulky but with the emergence of new technology, there are now a lot of smart, lithium-backed, and space-saving batteries. The advanced lithium cells in these batteries make them the best solar batteries for home, providing ample, maintenance-free power to keep your electronic equipment running smoothly.
How Does a Battery Connect To Your Home?
First, let's talk about the grid. It interconnects multiple power plants to faraway transmission and distribution lines that supply daily power to us users. This power will then flow through a set of wires in your home which is dispersed by the main distribution panel to different circuits connected to your appliances at home. Once you install a home battery, only specific loads will remain connected to your main panel. These are the appliances that will be affected during a power outage.
Moving on to the home battery system. During a power outage, your home battery automatically disconnects from the main panel and generates its own self-sustaining grid that includes solar panels and major equipment in your household. Additionally, you can also use this battery in the evening to power your home all night long using the stored solar energy from the daytime. Solar panels, of course, are familiar to most homeowners. They primarily convert sunlight into electricity and with the help of an inverter, transforms the direct current energy generated from the panel into an alternating current which is the type of electricity used in homes. Lastly, we have the critical loads panel. It functions almost the same as the main distribution panel, except that it connects important appliances to your home battery instead, so they stay powered during a power failure.
How Much Does a Powerwall Cost?
Before anything else, let's define a powerwall. A powerwall is a type of home battery storage system that stores electricity from solar panels or grids and makes it available by demand. This means you get to choose whether you use it at night or during a power interruption. The most popular of these is the Tesla Powerwall, first introduced in 2015. It's equipped with customisation features via the Tesla app, energy monitoring, metering, and smart controls for convenient use. As of January 2022, a single Tesla Powerwall costs $10,500 including installation. This price goes up depending on how many units you want to connect together (maximum of 10). A Tesla Powerwall generates enough output to power your home overnight or on a short-term blackout and can also greatly reduce your electricity, making it a good investment for most households.
How Much Does a Home Solar Battery System Cost?
Typically, residential solar batteries cost between $7,000 and $14,000 when using lithium batteries. This total includes installations cost and while it's on the pricier side, keep in mind that this can change depending on the battery you're using, the number of battery banks installed, electrical upgrades, and labor costs. Solar batteries are most advantageous for those residing in areas prone to power outages or who don't have access to net metering.
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Have you decided on installing solar batteries in your home? If you have, visit our website at Outbax. We’ve got everything you need to get started from lithium batteries to solar panels and even solar panel accessories. Home battery storage in Australia is attracting more and more people despite being usually expensive and if you want to install one for your home as well without draining your pockets too much, we’ve got you covered. Outbax specialises in affordable, quality power sources for camping and for homes including inverter generators and power stations too.