Energy-efficient, sustainable, technologically-advanced homes are what more and more savvy luxury home buyers are in the market for. Cooling indoor air in a home and powering up major appliances day in and day out can wreak havoc on the power grid, especially during times of high demand. But today, there’s a revolutionary tool that Tesla has developed that makes conserving energy a no-brainer.
It’s called the “Powerwall,” and it features a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is highly efficient and discreet. Other batteries of these types that are currently on the market tend to be bulky, pricey, and downright unpredictable. Tesla Motors sought to challenge these unattractive traits to come up with their own version that fits nicely into home technology.
The Powerwall easily mounts into an existing wall of a home and is totally automated, requiring virtually no maintenance on the part of the homeowner. The battery charges using electricity from solar panels or when utility rates are low. It stores energy generated by solar panels throughout the day, which is then made available to power your home in the evening. This helps to narrow the gap between peak solar energy and peak demand for energy, giving you the freedom and flexibility to use it only when needed.
The compact battery is easy to install, and also serves as a backup power source in the event of a power outage thanks to its ability to store solar-sourced energy. Under these circumstances, Powerwall will provide electricity to your entire home with no interruption in its supply.
The innovative battery allows you to attain a “net zero” energy rating, which means you can generate just as much energy on a daily basis that your home uses. That means you won’t have to depend on the grid for power, yet you’ll still be connected to it when energy demand is at a high peak.
In fact, the combination of Powerball’s technology and solar energy can even be the answer to cutting back on power plants all across the globe that leave massive carbon footprints on the planet. While this might still be something that’s still a little out of reach right now, it’s still something on the company’s radar to accomplish one day soon.
How Does the Powerwall Work?
The Powerwall includes solar panels, an inverter to convert energy, a meter to measure the battery’s charge, and a secondary circuit that powers up specific appliances. The solar panels transform sunlight into electricity to power the home throughout the day, then the Powerwall battery is charged with electricity. The inverter converts direct current electricity into the alternating current that your home uses to power all its appliances, systems, and devices.
A meter is installed to measure the production of solar energy and the amount of energy that the home uses. Having the ability to measure such energy can help optimize solar energy consumption. The inverter then sends its electricity to your home’s electrical panel.
Currently, the Powerwall battery costs $3,500. Considering how much energy is cut down with its use, and therefore how much can potentially be saved on monthly utility bills, this price point is rather affordable. Not only will homeowners be able to see significant savings, they’ll also feel good knowing that their actions have a much less detrimental effect on the environment.
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