Everyday more and more people are adding themselves to the existing millions of people who are becoming more energy conscious for themselves financially and for the environment.
In Ontario we have 3 rates throughout the day for the cost of electricity, unfortunately the most affordable time period (7Pm to 7AM) is when the majority of our time is in bed sleeping. But what if we could harvest the electricity at the most affordable rate and store it so we can utilize it at the most expensive time in the day, well this is possible, this technology exists. Companies like Sonnen, Tesla, LG, Panasonic and more offer this technology. What is even better is that they can be supplemented with power from either solar panels or wind generation and not have to rely on the grid. This technology in conjunction with a home that offers other efficient solutions like light harvesting, occupancy/vacancy sensors, programmed lighting scenes, programable thermostats and more place a reduced load on your energy consumption. This Sonnen system will power everything like your audio/video distribution system, your home network, your blinds and lights from any home automation control manufacturer like Crestron, Control4, Lutron, Savant, Vantage and more.
As time progresses equipment will get more efficient, battery technology will get smarter/greater and this gap for the grid supplementing additional power will get smaller and smaller.