TESLA POWERWALL BENEFITS: 1 YEAR LATER | Solar Home Update

Tropical storm Zeta ripped through Georgia
last week and it was our Tesla powerwall that kept our lights on through it all. Hey y'all hey! It's Ashley Renne and welcome
back to my little corner of the world where I show you sustainable ways to have a healthier
body, home and planet. Today's video is an update about our Tesla Powerwall, which for
those of you are new to this topic, a Tesla Powerwall is a battery storage system designed
to store excess energy generated by solar power panels.

In my last powerwall video, I went more into
depth into what a power walls is, how it enhances our solar setup, what happens to excess energy
once the power wall reaches capacity, our strategy for maximizing our energy usage,
a breakdown of our energy plan, and whether or not it is worth the cost – which it may
or may not be, depending on your situation and your reasons for wanting it. So if you
are new to power walls, I suggest you check that video out. In this video I want to talk about the benefits
and how it has become particularly useful for us. I made my last video about cost, because some
people get power walls for financial reasons and are hoping that a power wall will provide
a monetary return on investment. I explained that in our situation, because of our pretty
awesome energy plan, it wouldn’t make sense for us to have a power wall purely for money
saving reasons.

But here are some other reasons why having a power wall does make sense for
us and might make sense for you too. 1. Power Outages Since I’m on the board of a climate organization,
I see statistics every day that are so alarming y’all. So while I acknowledged in my last
video that a power wall is an investment, it can be beneficial to those who live in
areas being affected by severe weather and climate change. Growing up, power outages weren’t really
something I had to worry about where I live in Georgia, but that’s all changing now. It's not the case anymore. Climate disasters are happening left and right.

Just in the past few years, major disasters linked to climate change like hurricanes, floods, and wildfires have taken thousands
of lives and cost more than $478 billion dollars in damages. As of today at the time of recording
this video – in Georgia where I live, 115,000 people are still without power from Tropical
Storm Zeta that tore through our state last week. At its peak, 2.1 million people were without power. And in California, where my sister lives,
her family has had to deal with some really scary fires in her area.

There are currently
41 large wildfires burning across California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Colorado, and Arizona.
Nationally, over 8.5 million acres have been burned this year – and that’s in the United
States alone. We can't ever forget about the unprecedented bushfires season in Australia
that raged on from 2019 into 2020. The amount of smoke in the atmosphere has
been so severe that it caused an upsurge in fatal heart attacks and hospitalizations for
people with asthma — and it might also make people more vulnerable during the pandemic
we’re currently facing. SO not to be all doom and gloom but backup
battery storage is a conversation you and your family should have given the times we’re
living in.

For us, our Tesla Power Wall kept our lights on when Tropical Storm Zeta hit
us a few days ago. Many people in our area went days without internet, phone service,
and power – and it made me all the more grateful for our solar panel + Tesla powerwall setup. 2. Excess Energy Storage If you have a solar energy system like we
do, the addition of a Powerwall helps to enhance your setup. It can essentially aid in your
goal to self-power your home, be less reliant on the grid, and be more environmentally conscious
by relying more on clean energy. The Tesla Powerwall will charge from your solar panels
during the day and then continue to provide your home with power at night once the sun
has gone down.

Because remember solar power is generated during the day, so once the sun
sets, unless you have battery storage, you can no longer power your home through solar
at nighttime. You have to rely on the grid at night. However the excess solar power you
generated during the day that was stored in your powerwall, can kick in and you can use
that. When the sun rises again the next day, the process begins all over again and your
Powerwall will begin to recharge.  So if you’re trying to decide between a
powerwall and say, a backup generator, remember to keep in mind that a backup generator is
only useful during a blackout, whereas home batteries like a powerwall, are beneficial
every day. One thing to note, the Tesla powerwall has an energy capacity of 13.5 kWh – which
means it likely isn’t going to power your home ALL night.

Some people end up getting
ADDITIONAL power walls to expand their powerwall usage, but just know that’s extremely expensive
to do. 3. Demand is Rising
Due to the increase in weather events there has been a massive surge in home battery demand.
And as climate change continues to worsen, that demand is only going to get higher. I
went over the costs in the last video and it’s not cheap. Due to the increase in demand,
prices are going up even more. Incentives do exist for installing home battery systems,
but because of those incentives, coupled with an increased need for battery storage, that
has created more demand than Tesla can handle right now. And keep in mind they are the ones
leading the market. So if home batteries are something you’ve been on the fence about,
I’d take into consideration the possible drawbacks of continuing to wait. So that’s my Tesla Powerwall Update for
today. I’m curious if you’ve gotten one yet or if you’re planning to get one – what
are your reasons for wanting battery storage in your home? Drop a comment below with your
answer.

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