Again this year we saw The Block contestants fitting off their garages with the latest linked batteries and solar power from Bradford Energy. With multiple solar panels on the roofs running to a Tesla Power wall, not only is each house equipped to offset its own electrical use through home-grown renewable energy, but they all link to feed each other when needed, but best of all, those garage Power walls will automatically kick in if there’s ever a power failure, to make sure vital appliances like the fridge, wifi and lights have a back up to stay on! But the most common and interesting inclusions is the charging point for the next generation electric and hybrid vehicles.
Got an electric car? “It’s important Australians prepare their house for a clean energy future, including installing electric vehicle chargers in their garage,” says Bradford Energy’s Steve Harty, who tells us Australians are likely to be predominantly choosing to drive electric-powered cars by 2024. “It’s likely the first vehicles our youngest generation will be driving will be electric – households need to be future proofed to charge these vehicles.”
2019 Block contestant Jesse Raeburn thinks these high-tech additions to The Block homes are a great idea. “I think everyone’s so conscious now about their carbon footprint, everyone’s trying to get rid of single-use plastic, and renewable energy is on the rise,” he says. “Especially in this market, everyone is very conscious of it, so having the solar panels is an absolute must.” These systems, which can be monitored and controlled via the Tesla App are so smart, they can even predict and respond to storms! “In case of a blackout, the system will provide backup power and keep selected circuits’ electricity running, keeping lights, Wi-Fi and devices working – even the refrigerator running!” says Steve.
“The app gives homeowners visibility and control of energy usage and a range of other features through the Tesla App. This allows Powerwall to charge during the non-peak times, and the battery can use the cheapest electricity to charge itself.”
If your schedule is different on weekends and weekdays, you can use the week/weekend option to input a different schedule. And all through the glorious power of the sun!
“With a 5kW system, homeowners can enjoy 90% self-sufficiency on an average day – meaning low reliance on grid energy,” Steve explains. “The Bradford Energy solar systems being installed in each Block unit can be up and running in one working day and include solar panels, a premium inverter, Tesla Powerwall and an electric vehicle charger, all connected to the smart home with Tesla App monitoring.”
“The system sets homeowners up for further transport related savings as an electric vehicle can save up to $2,000 in vehicle-related energy running costs a year, compared with an equivalent petrol vehicle,” he adds.
Darren Palmer is a massive fan. “Our houses need to be fitted out for electric vehicles. Fitting that in is really future-proofing [these homes],” he says. So what are you waiting for – install this high-tech wizardry in your own home!
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