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Home Batteries: Protect your family and your finances.

Home Batteries

If you are making the switch to solar power the next logical step is to consider a home battery. Being able to store that beautiful solar energy for future use takes you one step closer to being off the grid, and escaping from under the thumb of your energy provider. It also protects you and your family in black outs and from ridiculously high energy costs during peak usage hours.

Recent research indicates that 74% of people shopping for home solar power are also interested in home energy storage. And while fewer than 20% of people who buy solar end up with a battery to go along with it, there are signs that might be changing soon.

Home storage batteries are at their lowest price ever, and new incentives on the state and national level are making them even more affordable.The main benefits are avoiding peak electricity surges and protecting yourself from blackouts. 

If you’re already considering solar and you want to know about home energy storage and incentives, contact Go Green Electric today. If you’d like to learn more about home solar batteries and how they work, we will get into some of the basics. 

What kinds of batteries are available for homeowners?

When we talk about modern “home energy storage,” we’re talking about the range of newer technologies that are specifically designed to make home energy storage easy, smart, and relatively unobtrusive. 

Lithium-ion

When it comes to home batteries, these offer the most bang for your buck. The technology is tested and has already been used in smart phones, hybrid cars and much more. When it comes to home energy storage at Go Green Electric we recommend two different options:

Tesla Home Batteries

We are as excited about the Tesla battery as you! It promises to reinvent battery technology and therefore how we think about storing solar energy. Tesla also promises that it will be very cost effective. Go Green Electric will install Tesla Powerwall once it becomes available. In the meantime there are ways to prepare for a future installation.

SolarEdge StoreEdge Inverter

The StoreEdge inverter (manufactured by SolarEdge) is directly compatible with the Tesla battery and is something Go Green Electric is installing. If you are thinking about a Tesla battery system for the future, the StoreEdge is the perfect first step.

What are the benefits of Home Storage Batteries?

Lithium batteries are probably the best choice for your solar powered home. The benefits of home battery storage are great, especially when it comes to protecting your loved ones. First and foremost, home batteries can provide peace of mind, because they can protect you during a power outage.

Having the lights on at your home when your area is hit by a power outage has a value that can’t be expressed in terms of money, but is measured in the safety and peace of mind of your family. But there are other benefits of home energy storage that can be quantified.

Save money by taking advantage of time-of-use

The way you save money with a home battery is by avoiding the high cost of on-peak electricity under a time-of-use billing plan. On a time of use billing plan, electricity is cheap when most people aren’t using it, and more expensive when they are. The majority of Americans do laundry, cook and consume media during the afternoons and evenings leading the power companies to charge more during those times. Most time of use plans charge the highest prices during the afternoon and evening hours, when people are cooking, watching TV, and washing and drying their clothes. In Colorado TOU rates vary by season, so you can avoid the winter blues in your check book as well as in your home.

If you have questions about pricing, or want more information about home battery systems call us today at (303)731-5198 or contact us today.



3 Steps to find out if Solar is right for you!

Three Steps to find out if Solar is right for you!

As we watch our electricity rates rise, and the cost of solar panels decrease, solar installation seems like the obvious choice for most homeowners. Besides being the environmental and green choice the key question remains: Will switching to Solar save you money? We outline some simple steps to take to analyze if solar panels make sense for your Colorado home.

Step 1

The first step is to take a good look at your electric bill. Solar panels generate their own power, and have the potential to greatly reduce or even completely eliminate your monthly electric bill. The higher your electricity bill, the more likely you will benefit from a switch to a solar power system.

Step 2

The second step is to evaluate your homes sunlight exposure. In Colorado, we benefit to over 300 days of sunshine annually. This makes our state a prime candidate for great solar potential. Take a look at how your house is oriented towards or away from the sun. Do you have a roof that would lend itself well to solar panel installation? You can use the Solar Estimate Calculator to estimate the efficiency of solar panels in your area. You must simply enter your address, utility company and the average cost of your monthly energy bill.

Step 3

The third and maybe most important step is to look for Incentives. The government offers homeowners significant incentives for installing solar panels as an alternate energy source. For example, a residential federal tax credit allows taxpayers to claim 30% of installation costs for systems placed in service by Dec. 31, 2019. The credit dwindles to 26% in 2020 and 22% in 2021, and expires Dec. 31, 2021.

Overall, the amount you pay for the loan to purchase the system is close to the amount you are currently paying for your electricity. Every home is different, but there are plenty of options to find the path that works best for you. It does not end up being a large up-front cost.

Call Go Green Electric Inc today for more information. (303)731-5198