Latest Trends in Battery-Powered Homes

Latest Trends in Battery-Powered Homes

Written By

Andy Sowards

Home tech has evolved quickly in the past few years, with focus set upon the home automation sector. Meanwhile, energy efficiency could be revolutionized thanks to recent developments in green home tech. In 2015, Elon Musk introduced the idea of battery-powered homes with his plans to use a giant battery to keep homes powered when they need it. Homes rely on the grid to work, but sometimes it doesn’t, and some solutions just don’t cut it. You can even get creative with your battery and generate some power with other technologies.

Storing our own energy and using it on our own terms can completely change the way we approach emergency home backup, and even how we use energy in our homes.

Storing power

For the first time, people across the world are storing energy rather than just using it. This mentality shift will have wide-reaching effects on our environment and how we handle our energy situation. It’s easy to see more than just environmental benefit, as economic benefits are there, as well. Not having to pony up money to the electric company on a monthly basis is more than enough reason to spring for a battery powered setup. Even without a power generating component, it makes sense to go with a battery. You store energy from off the grid for a rainy day. No need for gas, just let the battery pick up the slack when the grid is down. Today’s batteries (like lithium-ion options) are holding more juice, and holding it longer than ever before.

Backing up home energy with gas powered generator

Smarter solution

For years, battery tech for the home improved, but with its expense and underwhelming energy storage compared to the cost, it was a slow ascent. Now with the idea of storing energy in a battery to be used uninterrupted when the power goes out (or get yourself off the grid altogether) and coupled with government provided tax credits, battery tech is expected to boom as it goes mainstream.

It’s hard to deny how much our carbon footprints would shrink if we ditched the gas generator. If you’re the type to stock up on costly battery backed-up surge protectors, you can just get one solution and be done, saving you plenty of cash out of pocket. Imagine the peace of mind of not having to prepare for an electrical outage; simply make sure one battery is charged and you’re good.

Efficiency and savings

As we mentioned before, battery-powered homes don’t just help the environment — they help your wallet. You can store up energy you’d be paying for anyway in the event of an outage, and if you couple it with a generating solution then you’ll be in good shape. The cost efficiency increases even more if you plan to run your home off the grid, which is a home DIY topic increasing in popularity.

To prepare for right now, If you incur more than a dozen minor power outages per year, then you may want to invest in a home battery. Find out how many kilowatt-hours your home consumes per month, and buy a battery (or multiple batteries) based on how many days you’d need to be covered. You can be sure that this tech will rapidly grow in the coming months as the industry is focused on efficiency and going green.

Battery backup is now more efficient than huge generators

The future

More and more homeowners are thinking about their homes long term; climate change is real and the trends are creating a more global-minded consumer. With the advancement of battery technology our options are expanding, at the same time energy harvesting tech is also pushing its own boundaries. What used to be a huge clunky and inefficient backup generator system out of reach to the typical consumer is now an affordable, small and sleek addition to any modern smart home.

As batteries continue to shrink in size and cost, we’ll see their application in more exciting and useful ways, both inside and outside of the home. Stay tuned to be the first to see the latest in home tech as it blossoms into its next form.

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