Homeowner Blog

Taking Tesla Powerwall Off-Grid

George Riley · 20 Jan 2022

Powerwall has been around for almost six years now, and one of the reasons we like it is that Tesla is always innovating and improving the product. Often, this comes in the form of over-the-air updates to the battery’s software.

The latest feature is the ability to take your Tesla Powerwall off-grid and supply your home as if there were an outage. This has launched alongside the news that Powerwall is now suitable for off-grid installations. Read on to find out more about both…

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Topics: Battery storage, Off grid, Tesla Powerwall

Solar Battery Monitors for the Best Insights and Controls

George Riley · 13 Jan 2022

More and more of our clients are investing in solar battery storage alongside their PV. In this time of energy crisis and price hikes, it pays to use as much solar power at home as you can, rather than shelling out for grid electricity.

When choosing your storage solution, it’s worth considering solar battery monitors. Whether you’re a techy person or not, you probably want to be able to see what your battery is doing. Physically it won’t give anything away, so the only way you can tell how much energy it’s stored or supplied to your house is via its monitoring system.

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Topics: Battery storage, Maintenance

Adding More Solar Panels to Your System: What Changes?

Mark Golding · 01 Dec 2021

We often get enquiries from people who already have solar panels installed on their roof, but are keen to increase the amount of renewable energy they can produce. This might be because they had a battery fitted, or maybe their consumption has gone up with a new heat pump or electric car.

So what steps are there to overcome if you want to add more solar panels to your existing system to try and reduce your electricity bills even further?

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Topics: Battery storage, Tariffs, Solar PV, Inverters

Tesla Powerwall Installation: On Site with Spirit

George Riley · 17 Nov 2021

Our clients are often keen to see what happens during the installation process ahead of time. As the proud recipient of Tesla’s Performance Excellence award, we’re delighted to pull back the curtain and give you a behind-the-scenes look at a recent Tesla Powerwall installation.

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Topics: Battery storage, Tariffs, Tesla Powerwall

Why Are Electricity Prices Rising?

George Riley · 27 Oct 2021

Getting your latest electricity bill is rarely a fun experience, yet it seems to become ever more painful. With wholesale prices soaring, the energy industry is in turmoil and we will all end up bearing the financial brunt.

On top of this, the national grid has undergone a huge transformation in the past decade from coal-heavy to embracing wind and solar, the costs of which have crashed. So there’s a logical disconnect - why are electricity prices rising if renewables are getting cheaper?

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Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV

Energy Crisis: Price Hikes and the Power of Solar

George Riley · 29 Sep 2021

Our industry rarely makes national news, but in recent weeks headlines have been dominated by the ‘energy crisis’. The crisis has hit energy suppliers across the UK, and in turn will affect all of us who buy energy from the grid. Escalating gas prices are crippling companies - millions of customers’ suppliers have already gone bust, with speculation that only 10 energy firms might survive the winter.

So how has this energy price crisis happened and what impact will it have on households with solar panels? And perhaps more importantly, can renewables help prevent a crisis like this in the future?

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Topics: Battery storage, Solar PV

Are Solar Batteries Worth It in 2021?

George Riley · 07 Jul 2021

Good Energy estimates that the UK will need 23-55 GWh of domestic storage to reach net zero, which is equivalent to 1.5-4 million Tesla Powerwall sized batteries in people’s houses. Why? Because battery storage in homes is vital to help people use more renewable energy, reduce the evening peak demand and avoid costly transmission upgrades to the national grid.

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Topics: Battery storage, Tesla Powerwall

Talking All Things Solar with Mark Sanders

George Riley · 12 May 2021

We went to speak to Mark Sanders, one of our most enthusiastic customers, about his experience with solar PV and Tesla Powerwall.

Watch our chat in the video below:

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV, Tesla Powerwall

Time of Use Tariffs: Saving the UK Grid?

George Riley · 21 Apr 2021

If you’ve spent much time trying to find the best energy deal, you may have come across the term ‘time of use tariffs’. It’s more exciting than it sounds - if you’re interested in Britain’s evolving energy system.

Energy suppliers are falling over themselves to launch more innovative tariffs to tempt savvy customers. Just last week, Good Energy announced its ‘Zap Flash’ tariff, with free EV charging when there’s excess green power on the grid. So how do these tariffs work, and why do they have the potential to change the grid forever?

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Tariffs

Zero Carbon Homes and Renewable Technologies: Our New Brochure

George Riley · 20 Jan 2021

It will come as no surprise to hear that we are passionate about renewable energy. Our mission here at Spirit Energy has always been to support every building in becoming its own sustainable micro power station, generating and utilising as much of its own clean energy on site as possible.

As we move towards a net zero carbon society, it’s essential that we build zero carbon homes. But what exactly does this mean? And what is the best way to incorporate renewable technologies when building your new house?

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Topics: Battery storage, Spirit Energy news, EV charging, In roof solar panels, Solar PV, Environment