Going “off the grid” means more than simply getting some or even all of your power from the sun and/or wind. It means having a means to store this power so that it can be used when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing. Thankfully, there are a wide range of battery energy storage system options available on the market, with some affordable models costing less than $100 per battery. Even so, those who have a limited budget and/or a large family (which would require the purchase of a number of batteries) may be tempted to wonder if the expense of buying and maintaining an electricity storage system is really worth it. Following are some points that outline why such a system is not just a good idea but also a necessity.
Thankfully, there are a wide range of battery energy storage system options available on the market, with some affordable models costing less than $100 per battery. Even so, those who have a limited budget and/or a large family (which would require the purchase of a number of batteries) may be tempted to wonder if the expense of buying and maintaining an electricity storage system is really worth it. Following are some points that outline why such a system is not just a good idea but also a necessity.
Why a Battery Energy Storage System is a Must
The United States is a first world country and electric blackouts are not nearly as common here as they are in Asia or Africa. Even so, it is important to be aware that you can easily lose power with little or no warning. A freak storm, for instance, can cause a blackout for a few days or even a week, as can a malfunctioning or broken part at an electricity plant. It is also important to be aware that there are much more serious potential threats to our power grid system.
An EMP, for instance, could knock out electricity in the entire country in a matter of seconds. Solar flares can also wreak havoc on the electric grid; what is more, the odds of such a flare hitting earth are much higher than many people realize. In fact, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee noted less than a year ago that the likelihood of a severe geomagnetic event damaging the electric grid currently stands at 100%. A terrorist attack could also cause significant damage to the grid.
Given the fact that electricity is a must for essential home appliances (i.e. refrigerator, stove, and certain types of medical equipment), a battery system can save you a lot of money, hassle and even prevent you from getting sick. In the event of a long-term power blackout, having an electric battery storage system can mean the difference between life and death.
Is it Really Your Job?
Some would question whether providing electricity for their family is really their job. Such individuals often place a great deal of faith in the state and federal government, counting on these institutions to restore power in a timely manner, regardless of what the problem is. Unfortunately, this faith is often misplaced. In the event of a freak storm that knocks out power for millions of people, it could take days or even up to a week (or longer) for power to be restored in your area.
In the event of an EMP, solar flare or terrorist attack, you could be without power for well over a year. The reason for this is the fact that the components that electric companies rely on to provide power are not made in the United States but overseas. These components are custom made on request; there is no ready-made stock to order from should a power outage occur. Even if parts were ordered right away, it would take anywhere from 12 to 18 months for them to arrive in the United States.
Given the above-mentioned facts, two things are very clear. First, it is all too easy for the electricity to go off when you least expect it. Second, the government may not be able to bail you out as quickly and/or as effectively as you would like. Given these facts, it is clear that having you own electricity storage system is the only way in which you are guaranteed to have the power you need, when you need it.