Buying an electric vehicle? Here’s the benefits of having a home charging station…

Owning an electric vehicle is one of the best decisions you can make in the current climate: However, many people are still reluctant due to the inconvenience of charging their electric vehicles – Having to travel further to find a charging station, the possibility of having to queue and the cost of public charging stations can put people off.

With the EV Industry is growing rapidly, more public charging points are being installed all the time, but the benefits of charging at home make having your own EV charger the best choice. Here are some of the benefits of installing a home EV charging station…

  • Save Money – Once you’ve covered the cost of the installation, the cost to charge your vehicle at home will be much cheaper than using a public charging station
  • Faster Charging – A modern and effective home charging point could charge your battery in as little as 30 minutes depending on the car and the charger, but in general, home car charging is faster than public points – with the added bonus of not having to wait for a charger to become available
  • Battery Life – Like a smart phone, car batteries can become less effective over time, but benefit greatly from being fully charged rather then small bursts of public charging to keep you going. The more you can fully charge your battery, the longer it will last
  • Property Value – With electric cars becoming the normal type of vehicle choice for more and more people, having an EV charger installed will be an attractive feature if you should decide to sell your home
  • Convenience – Finding and using public charging stations can be costly, slow and inconvenient. At busy periods, you may find yourself sat waiting for a free charger and paying more for the privilege. Since more EV chargers are compatible with a wide variety of car manufacturers, you don’t need to worry about changing the charger should you change your car

Here, we cover some FAQs we’ve encountered when people are considering a home car charger:

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

The cost to charge an electric car really depends on several factors like are you charging at home? Do you have solar panels? Are you using a public charging point? Are you charging your electric vehicle overnight or during the day?  Public charging points will dictate their own rates for charging depending upon the location and type of charger, if you’re using solar power then you could be charging for free, and some grid tariffs will give you cheaper options for charging overnight at home. It will, however, be cheaper to charge at home than it is to use public charging stations.

Do I need solar panels to charge my car?

This depends upon the type of battery you have in your car and the type of charger you are using and can range from 30 minutes to several hours.

Can I charge my car directly from my solar?

No. Electric vehicles charge via an AC supply so you will need an inverter.

Can I charge my neighbours to use my charging point?

There are home chargers available that allow you to charge others to use your charging point and you are able to set your own rate.

How much do home EV Chargers cost?

This depends upon the type of charger you would like, and the installation required. There may be grants available to help with the cost of installing an EV charger so it’s worth looking into this.

Is it worth getting a home charger?

Compared to standard public charging points, home EV chargers are a lot faster than public points, there’s no worry about queues for public charging, and you may have to travel further to find a charging point than a petrol station, and charging at home with save you money in the long run

Are all EV chargers universal?

Most UK EV chargers are compatible with all electric vehicles. There are three different levels of home chargers, type 1,2 and 3. The majority of modern electric vehicle charging points have type 2 connectors which is the current industry standard and what is found at public charging points.

What is a smart charger?

Smart chargers have access to the internet and can give you features such as remote access to your charger from anywhere in the world, the use of an app to manage and monitor your energy usage and allows you access to share data to optimise your car charging.

Is solar really the future of home energy?

Solar panels and solar energy solutions are becoming more and more popular with homeowners due the sharp rise in energy prices over the last few months. Homeowners are wanting to free themselves from the restrictions and reliance on the nation grid by harvesting and storing their own energy.

Whether you’re considering using solar power to run your home, charge an electric vehicle or make money selling energy to the grid, we will cover the basics and a few FAQs for you in this article.

Many people are investing in solar panels now to save them money in the long run on their energy bills, reduce their carbo footprint and to increase the value of their home: These are just a few of the benefits of solar which is a truly renewable energy source that will help you obtain independence from the national grid and protect you from the rising energy costs.  

Contrary to some beliefs, you don’t need to have a south facing roof on a constantly sunny climate for solar panels to work, they work just as effectively when cloudy. You also do not need to have a large roof space as a general 8 panel system will be more then enough for a normal family living in a 3-bed semi: You could also have them place on your land if you have the room and do not want them on the roof. A basic solar panel installation may have safety features installed that cuts out in the event of a general power cut to protect people who may be working on the grid: However, you can have back up systems installed so that your solar power will continue to work in the event of a power cut.

One misconception about having solar panels installed is that you will be able to go off grid and stop paying your energy supplier, But solar panels alone only work during daylight hours, so if you want to be totally energy independent, you would need either an alternative energy source for overnight hours or a battery storage solution to store surplus energy to be used out of daylight hours. Most customers who go for a solar panel installation opt for a battery storage back up to go with it. Battery storage is also something to consider if you’re wanting to use solar panels to charge your electric vehicle, if you’re charging your electric car during daylight hours then you won’t need battery storage, but if you would like to plug in and charge overnight, you will ne to use the surplus energy stored in your batteries from daylight hours to do this.

Solar panel installation isn’t as intrusive as you may think and a standard solar panel installation can take as little as a day or two and will cause minimal disruption.

Would you like a quote for solar panels, battery storage or electric vehicle chargers? Click here and get in touch.

Don’t want solar but still want to save on your energy bills?

You can also have essential circuits on emergency back up in the event of a power cut.

Many homeowners are installing solar power to reduce energy bills, but if this is not an option for you, then you can have battery storage that can charge up overnight on a cheaper tariff and use the stored energy to power your home during the expensive tariff rate. This gives you, as a homeowner, a practical solution to reduce energy bills and you can also have essential circuits on emergency back up in the event of a power cut.

Our energy storage solutions are designed to help with PV consumption, off-grid solutions, load shifting and back-up power. We offer a range of systems from the industry giants leading the way in solar battery storage technology.

You can find out more about battery storage solutions here or give us a call on 07949234774 for a chat.  

Cheap Electric Rate Overnight? No Solar? Did you know this…

Battery storage systems may be the answer you’re looking for to cheaper electricity bills.

Some of our customers charge their batteries using their cheap overnight rates (Octopus Go, etc) and then use this cheap power to supply their more expensive daytime usage. This means that they can cover their general electrical usage at a significantly cheaper cost, helping reduce their energy bills.

Payback can be as little as 5 years!!!

Contact us for your free survey by calling 07949234774 or email us at info@devonrenewables.co.uk

Power Cuts: What can you do?

Most hybrid solar inverters have an Emergency Power Supply (EPS) built in. This can be selected to power your essential electrical circuits from your battery. Essential circuits could be lighting, heating and sockets.

If there is a powercut, the system will swap to your battery supplied circuits in milliseconds, meaning no disruption. These circuits will then be fully functional until power resumes or the batteries are discharged.