My name is Madeline and I am the Energy Storage Manager at Soligent. My mission is to inform and empower homeowners, installers, and the Soligent team to be the most knowledgeable about residential solar plus storage systems. Making the decision to add energy storage to your home may be one of the most exciting decisions a resident can make. With any major home improvement decision it is important to look at the big picture first. In the case of energy storage that means evaluating your essential loads. You may be wondering: why can’t the entire house be battery powered? The grid supplies, what feels like, unlimited amounts of power to your home. However, the battery bank provides a more finite quantity of power. Because the batteries are scalable in size, it is most affordable if the battery bank is sized according to only the loads it must power. Ask yourself, “when do I want my battery to provide power to my home”? If you want the batteries to discharge every day, whether that is only in the early evening or all night long, identify the appliances you want running during that time. Alternatively, if you want a small battery bank for emergency cases only, make sure you select only the most essential loads needed, like a fridge, lights, and maybe a few wall outlets. By selecting the loads first, and determining how long you want those loads to be battery operated, the battery bank will be modest in size and gentler on the pocketbook! Be sure to tune in to our next webinar where I spend more time discussing how to select essential loads.