The beginners guide to home battery storage

Whether you’re wondering if home batteries are worth the investment, considering installation options, or simply want to understand how they work.
  • Posted by Emily Jade
  • 8 min read (1000 words)
  • Last updated 27 Feb, 2024

Are you interested in home battery storage, but not sure where to start? You’ve come to the right place!

In this guide, we’ll explore everything you need to know about home battery systems. Whether you’re wondering if home batteries are worth the investment, considering installation options, or simply want to understand how they work, we’ve got you covered.

How does a home battery work?

A home battery system can be charged either from the electricity grid, or via renewable energy sources such as solar panels. When electricity is cheap or abundant (such as during off-peak hours or when the sun is shining), the battery stores energy for later use.

When energy demand exceeds supply (such as during peak hours, or when the sun is shining), the battery discharges electricity back into the home’s electrical system. This electricity powers your appliances, lights, and other devices, reducing your reliance on the grid.

In the event of a grid outage, the home battery system can automatically switch to backup mode, providing uninterrupted power to essential appliances and devices.

A home battery system consists of an inverter and a battery. The inverter is essential for several reasons:

  • The inverter converts the direct current (DC) electricity stored in the battery into alternating current (AC) electricity, which is what most home appliances and devices use.
  • Home battery systems are usually designed to interact with the electrical grid. The inverter ensures that any electricity fed into your homes electrical system is synchronised with the grid’s voltage and frequency, allowing seamless integration of battery power with grid power.
  • The inverter also plays a crucial role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of home battery systems. They regulate the voltage and frequency of the electricity from the battery to help safeguard the system and ensure it runs reliably.
  • Modern home battery systems often include sophisticated inverters with built-in monitoring and control capabilities. These inverters allow homeowners to monitor the performance and status of their battery system remotely via smartphone app.

Which home battery is best?

When choosing a home battery system, it’s essential to opt for a reliable and efficient option. We specialise in Qcells home battery systems: their state-of-the-art batteries are designed to deliver optimal performance, reliability, and longevity, making them an excellent choice for homeowners looking to harness the power of energy storage.

Home battery to store solar power

For homeowners with solar panels, a home battery system offers an excellent opportunity to store excess solar power generated during the day for use later in the evening or during periods of high energy demand. With a Qcells home battery, you can maximise self-consumption of solar energy, further reducing your reliance on the grid and increasing your energy savings.

Home battery without solar

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need solar panels to benefit from a home battery system. Our Qcells systems are suitable for properties both with and without solar PV, including flats and apartments. Even without solar panels, you can still take advantage of energy storage to save money on your electricity bills, by using a time of use tariff such as Economy 7.

If you’re on a time of use tariff, such as Economy 7 or Octopus Go, a home battery system can help you maximise savings by storing cheaper off-peak electricity for use during peak hours.

Home battery backup

One of the standout features of home battery systems is their ability to provide backup power during outages. With a Qcells system, you can rest assured knowing that your essential appliances will continue to operate, even if the grid goes down. Whether it’s a temporary outage or an extended blackout, you can count on your home battery to keep the lights on and the essentials running.

Are home battery systems worth it?

Absolutely. Home battery systems offer numerous benefits, including energy independence, reduced electricity bills, and backup power during outages. Installing a Qcells energy storage system can maximise your energy savings, regardless of whether you have solar panels or not.

Home battery installation

We make home battery installation a breeze. As MCS certified experts in solar PV and battery installation, you can trust us to handle every step of the process with professionalism and expertise. From initial consultation to final installation, we’ll work with you to ensure you get the perfect home energy storage solution.

Home battery replacement

If you have an old or outdated home battery system and want to replace it, look no further. Our modern battery solutions boast advanced technology, superior performance, and long-lasting durability, it’s the perfect choice for homeowners looking to upgrade or replace their energy storage solution.

Home battery storage UK

Home battery storage offers a multitude of benefits for homeowners, whether you have solar panels or not.

Qcells home batteries use SAMSUNG cell technology and boast a 15-year product and performance warranty. They are scalable from 6.8kWh to 20.5kWh, and include a modern smartphone app so you can monitor energy storage, usage and generation. Reduce your energy bills and have peace of mind knowing you have backup power when you need it most.

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