When you hear the name Tesla (at least when I do), you may think about the company with the cool all electric car. When I heard of Tesla and see their cars first hand I was impressed by them. Now while I can’t realistically see myself owning a Tesla car because of its price, if money wasn’t an option I would have one in a heartbeat! But Tesla has just introduced something that I think is very practical and any forward thinking person should have on their radar. Tesla has introduced Tesla Energy!

Tesla Energy has a product called the Powerwall. The Powerwall is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. The benefits of something like this are many. For example renewable energy is all the rave and solar is always in that conversation. But when the sun goes down you are forced to return to traditional forms of energy. However with a Powerwall the solar panels you may have installed on your home can store that energy somewhere and then when the sun is down you can use that energy at night. Or if your not solar panel owner, the Powerwall can store energy from your energy supplier during the time when the rates are low and then you can use the energy for the home during peak times. This both saves you money and keeps the grid sustainable.

TwoPowerwalls When I see Powerwall I get excited for a couple of reasons. For one, with this I can potentially off grid. I can have solar panels installed on my home and during the day use the energy from the Sun. Then with the Powerwall storing energy, at night continue using the sun and eliminate the need for Con Edison or other electricity suppliers. Or I could use the Powerwall as a back up. Say I live in a area that when the weather gets bad, maybe there is a power outage. The Powerwall could kick in and supply me energy during this time. The more I think about the use cases for Powerwall, the more I think this is a no brainer for any home owner.

The cost of the Powerwall comes in two models. There is a 10kWh weekly cycle model which is good for backup applications, think your power outage situations. And a 7kWh daily cycle model for your daily use needs. the 10kWh model will cost you $3500, and the 7kWh model will cost you $3000. So again this is a invest for your home, but it is one you should give real consideration for. Think about your energy needs, goals, and maybe home much you are paying for electricity now on a yearly basis. You may have that the Powerwall will pay for itself in a few years. Me personally if and when I ever get a home, I’m seriously factoring this into the cost equation! The Powerwall is available to reserve now when shipping happening this summer.

For more information on Powerwall and Tesla Energy check out www.teslamotors.com/powerwall

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