By Neal Goddard*
Apart from saving money and making a better world, a major driver in the switch to solar PV and storage is declaring your energy independence.
Concern over rising electricity prices is not only about money – it’s also about the relative strength of ordinary householders and big suppliers. Some customers must feel they’ve lost control.
Decentralised, renewable energy production and storage are now a reality. By generating clean, green electricity in the daytime and keeping it safely for evening and night-time use, householders are restoring balance to a relationship that for many, was starting to look pretty one-sided.
One homeowner we met spoke for many: “People see electricity prices going up, up, up. They sort of understand why – oil and gas supplies are finite and getting them here from some parts of the world must be costly. But price-wise it all seems to go one way.
“And it’s not just prices, it’s also the unpredictability – I have no idea what my bills will look like in three, five, 10 or 20 years. And with property prices going up, it’s an additional burden, especially for people wanting to pass something on to their children.”
MyReserve from SOLARWATT is the premium battery system for households, making the storage and on-site use of solar power reliable and safe. MyReserve provides solar power when you need it, with increased independence and lower electricity bills. Its many accolades include the German Design Innovation 2018 and the Intersolar Europe EES Award 2015 and 2017.
Our householder also commented on the complexity of energy bills. “People may not notice price rises because they’re sometimes hard to gauge – it depends on what you’re told.”
EnergyManager lets customers understand and monitor their electricity use so they’re getting the best out of their Vision glass-glass solar PV panels and MyReserve home storage battery. And the programme shows just how users can harness the sun’s natural power instantly, radically reducing reliance on the grid.
As information on your household energy flows is important for optimising consumption, the EnergyManager portal provides an overview of the data for power production and consumption based on multiple functions. For many, the portal really highlights their own energy use for the first time.
With its intuitive, easy-to-use interface, you have an instant overview of all relevant information. EnergyManager is the ideal way to manage and understand your electric vehicle charging – an increasingly important function in the move towards cleaner road fuels.
And because you can easily change settings or switch household appliances on and off remotely, changes to travel plans or the weather are no problem – you can switch on your household heating in a few clicks.
* Neal is Sales Manager, UK (South)