Your sonnen battery will automatically switch on when the grid goes out and is designed to backup 10kWh of appliances. Typically this includes your refrigerator, some lights, outlets for charging phones and your wifi, however the number of appliances and the length of time they can be powered by your battery varies, please check with you installer regarding your specific home. For long-lasting power outages
- For longer grid outages, limit your energy usage during peak sun hours to allow your battery to fully charge as quickly as possible.
- During an outage, take care of high energy-usage activities (e.g. air conditioning) during daylight hours so your solar energy system has time to produce more energy to refill the battery for use at night.
- Most HVAC are too large to be backed up, it is recommended that you minimize or refrain from turning your HVAC on as it will quickly drain the battery. Instead briefly turn on split AC units or window units for localized cooling (portable evaporative coolers) in critical portions of your home.
- Electronics, such as TV’s, computers, or charging devices, use energy even when switched to off or not being charged. Plug these devices into power strips so that the power strip can be turned off when not in use during an outage.
- LED light bulbs can reduce energy usage from lighting by a factor of 10 so they will help you
- maximize your stored energy. Speak with a lighting department professional about LED bulb options.
- Turn things off when not in use. The sonnen battery gives you the flexibility to power many items in anywhere in your home, just don’t forget to turn off non essential them items off when you leave the room!
- Wash dishes by hand and line dry clothes, especially if the grid outage is expected to last for an extended period of time.