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Unveiling the Value of Solar Batteries: Thrift Energy’s Guide

Solar panels. We love them. But they do tend to steal the limelight. If sustainability had a comic book series, solar panels would be Batman. And solar batteries – well, solar batteries would be Robin. But every hero needs a sidekick. In this blog post, we explain why solar batteries make the perfect crimefighting energy-saving buddy, outlining their economic and environmental advantages to help you determine whether investing in them aligns with your sustainability and energy ambitions.

First things first: a bit of background. A standard solar PV panel-only system comes with a standard inverter, which converts direct current (DC) electricity (what your panels generate), to alternating current (AC) electricity (what the electrical grid uses) but does not actually store energy. Instead, the energy is either used in real-time or sent back to the grid. This is where solar batteries come in handy, allowing you to store energy you don’t use then and there, so you can take advantage of it later.

But, before you decide whether or not to invest in a battery (or batteries), it helps to take a step back and make sure you’ve considered everything first. That way, you can get a complete picture of the benefits and assess whether they’re applicable to you and your circumstances.

The economic angle

When considering any investment, the first question that often comes to mind is, “Will this be worth it?” Solar batteries are no exception. It’s important to weigh up the upfront costs with the potential savings. So, what are those savings?

Reduced energy bills: As we’ve already mentioned, solar batteries store excess energy generated by your solar panels, which tends to happen during the day. This means you can use this stored energy during peak hours when electricity rates are higher (often later in the day when people are returning home from work or school). The result? Lower energy bills!

Grants and schemes: It’s possible to add solar batteries to your solar PV system at a later date if you have a hybrid inverter, and there are several initiatives available to help you offset the initial costs of installing your system, which will enhance the return on your investment.

The environmental perspective

Investing in solar batteries isn’t just a financial decision; it’s a step towards a more sustainable lifestyle. Here’s how integrating solar batteries can contribute to your environmental goals:

Reduced carbon footprint: By relying more on solar energy and less on fossil fuels, you’re actively reducing your household’s carbon emissions, contributing to a healthier planet.

Energy independence: Solar batteries enhance your self-sufficiency, reducing the strain on the grid and ensuring that you have a reliable energy source during power outages or periods of high demand.

The factors to consider

Deciding whether to invest in a solar battery (or multiple solar batteries) comes down to your individual circumstances, including your energy needs, financial capacity, and sustainability goals. Before making a decision, have a think about the following factors:

1. Your energy usage. If your household consumes a significant amount of energy during peak hours, a solar battery could lead to substantial savings.

2. Your location. If your solar panels are likely to get ample sunlight (no heavily shaded areas) then you stand to gain more from solar battery installations.

3. Your budget. Calculate potential savings and check with our team to find out whether you’re eligible for financial assistance to determine whether the initial investment makes good financial sense for you.

The right partner

At Thrift Energy, we’re a bit of a sustainability sidekick too. We want to empower you to make informed decisions that meet your needs. So, whether you’re taking your first steps towards a cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle or looking to expand your existing solar setup, our team is here to provide the support you need.

We hope this short guide has shed light on the potential that solar batteries hold when it comes to enhancing your home’s energy efficiency and furthering your sustainability goals. If you’re ready to take the next step or have any questions, get in touch with our friendly team today.

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