Bat­tery stor­age – is it right for your home?

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR SAY - — Er­gon En­ergy er­

HOME bat­tery stor­age is the en­ergy revo­lu­tion that will change how we think and use elec­tric­ity and chal­lenge the cen­tralised dis­tri­bu­tion model that our in­dus­try has known for gen­er­a­tions.

Bat­tery stor­age is on the rise and costs are ex­pected to fall over time, spurring up­take which could be a re­peat of so­lar’s spec­tac­u­lar rise in Queens­land over the last 10 years.

It’s new tech­nol­ogy that po­ten­tially gives you greater con­trol of your elec­tric­ity us­age, max­imises your so­lar PV in­vest­ment and could re­duce your power bills.

And it’s hap­pen­ing now with more homes and busi­nesses ei­ther ex­press­ing an in­ter­est or hav­ing bat­ter­ies in­stalled and con­nected to Er­gon’s net­work.

But if you’re con­sid­er­ing join­ing the bat­tery stor­age revo­lu­tion – is it right for you and your home?

Choos­ing a bat­tery

THERE are many fac­tors to con­sider – cost, pay­back pe­ri­ods, so­lar feed-in tar­iffs and choos­ing the right bat­tery for your needs and whether you want to ex­port to the grid or even charge your bat­tery from the grid.

Think care­fully about the rea­sons you want a bat­tery.

It could be to re­duce your elec­tric­ity bill, back up for a power in­ter­rup­tion or for en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons.

You’ll also need to con­sider a bat­tery’s cy­cle life.

It’s a big de­ci­sion

HOME bat­tery stor­age is a big fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment so it’s im­por­tant to make the right de­ci­sion.

Con­sider care­fully your rea­sons, re­search the range of bat­ter­ies, avail­able ex­port and non-ex­port op­tions, bat­tery safety, war­ranties and im­por­tantly the pay­back pe­riod.

Our role is to en­able that with a smart net­work that makes it easy for peo­ple to con­nect their so­lar and bat­ter­ies and pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that helps them.

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