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Fight the cost-of-living crisis with a solar battery

‘Knowledge is power’, the saying goes. And when it comes to sourcing energy for your own house, learning a bit about at-home solar energy systems could help to put power in your hands – and, more importantly, take it away from energy supply companies.

It’s fair to say that Britons have had enough of energy price rises. Meanwhile, some people are still shell-shocked from the turmoil which affected energy providers (and their customers) when, in 2021, no fewer than 27 energy companies abruptly collapsed. The shuttering of these providers left much customer disgruntlement in its wake, not to mention costing taxpayers billions in bailouts.

Today, increasing numbers of UK homeowners are ready to call time on rocketing tariffs and are enthusiastically exploring the potential of solar power to run their homes.

While solar panels are perhaps the most recognisable component of the solar energy system, solar batteries are an important tool, one which is helping to support homeowners’ energy independence. Below, we explain how…

What is a solar battery?

Like any battery, a solar battery (sometimes referred to as a home battery), stores energy for later use. It is possible to use this type of battery when sourcing energy from the national grid, for example as used by people trying to take advantage of off-peak energy tariffs. In this case, they will charge up the battery at the time of day when rates are cheapest to later use when demand and rates are much higher.

The batteries also have the ability to maximise the benefits of solar energy. The standard solar PV panel-only system will come with a standard inverter, which does not store energy. Energy is consumed or transferred to the grid in real time. This option is often right for those whose electricity consumption is highest during the day.

However, our Thrift Energy team have recently seen more customers seeking to install batteries, most often because they are seeking energy independence. In this type of system, electricity collected by the solar PV panels will be used to run the house and charge up the battery, before exporting any excess energy to the grid.

Peace of mind

If you’ve felt unsettled at seeing monthly energy bills climb, you’re certainly not alone. Research from mental health charity Mind has found that nearly four in five Britons (78%) admit that their mental health has been affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

If we were to speculate that energy bills are amongst the biggest culprits driving up levels of stress, there is research to support this., too. A recent survey carried out by the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute has revealed that nine in ten (89%) respondents whose energy bills had increased felt stressed as a result. 

The ability to reliably run appliances, power air cons in the summer and/or charge electric and hybrid cars affordably is important to everyone. Solar panels, in general, are very reliable. In fact, according to research just .05% of PV modules experience failure per year during their lifetime. 

It’s all about choice

Because you can use a solar panel system with or without a battery, the choice of installing one is entirely up to you. You can have up to three batteries and, if you have a hybrid inverter, you can even add batteries to your system at a later date.

During a consultation with one of our energy experts, Thrift Energy will help you to decide the configuration which may best for you, based on factors such as the time of day you expect to use the most energy and what you want to achieve from your solar system.

Solar batteries are one tool among many in taking control back from energy suppliers in the cost-of-living crisis which are giving power back to the homeowner. Other solutions gaining traction with the British public include air source heat pumps – which absorb the natural heat from the outside air and transfer it to heat up water, radiators and more – as well as insulation inside cavities, on roofs, under floors and in interior and exterior walls.

To find out more about the options which may be available to you as a homeowner or the owner of business premises, simply call our team on 0800 689 3415 or contact us by emailing sales@thriftenergy.co.uk and we will arrange a no-fee consultation at your convenience.

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