This VLog by ABCTVCatalyst (uTube) illustrates the focus of your electric power should be invested in your batteries. Approximately—a 4000 sq ft home in the suburbs of Toronto sucks 5 to 8 KW of power from the grid—about 2400 amp hrs of battery storage per day is required.
Grid Power Sample
HOUSE: 100 amp hr service x 24 hours (1 day) = 2400 amp hrs. This is what you have available in a typical house—most households use 500 to 1000 amp hrs at the end of the day.
If your a solar newbie, or coming off a 20 year solar contract with your electric power utility provider (Hydro One in Ontario). Don’t worry about of buying a farm size field of solar panels, a large wind turbine, or try to expand your current (out-dated) solar panel collection.
Do keep in mind, that if you use high-efficient appliances, on demand water heater, dry your clothing after a wash, just before going to sleep—you will save you amp hrs per day—lowering your hydro bill.
Where to begin?
Start thinking of your power storage (batteries) as the key to your self sustainability. A reasonable investment is getting 6x 6 volt (230 amp hr) gel type batteries (1380 amp hrs). Together with a 3000 watt pure sine inverter can run your average size family home during the evening (peek hydro time). Then as a routine, trickle charge your batteries from the grid throughout the night and into the next day will avoid peek pricing when the cost of electricity is at its highest.
2018, prices today levelled around $10,000 (7KW battery storage including an inverter). Offered by a few companies, including Tesla. Lowe prices are expected as more people get onboard and battery costs drop as electric cars become more competitive.
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