Battery Storage Without Solar Panels?

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Battery storage allows you to store excess energy generated by your home’s solar panels. Battery storage also allows you to charge these storage batteries with electricity from the grid during off-peak hours (usually at a cheaper rate with tariffs from the likes of Octopus) to use within your home during peak hours.

You may not be aware but, you can have home battery storage without solar panels! Allowing you to save on your electricity bill, even when your home can’t have solar panels installed! We’ll explore the benefits of battery storage without solar panels in your home and how installing battery storage without solar panels can help reduce your electricity bill.

Home battery storage without solar panels, why do you need it and what benefits does it offer?

  • Store surplus solar energy (with solar panels installed)
  • Reduce your green waste
  • Save on your energy bill
  • Gain independence from The Grid
  • Have a backup power supply

Can You Have Battery Storage Without Solar Panels?

Yes, battery storage without solar panels works perfectly fine! Thousands of homes in the UK currently have battery storage without solar panels. Homeowners can charge up their storage batteries using cheaper night rates available from firms such as Octopus. Many homeowners have battery storage without solar panels as their roofs aren’t suitable. If your home falls into this category. You can still benefit from huge savings and cheaper energy rates by installing home battery storage without solar panels.

What is a battery storage system?

Battery storage simply allows you to store electricity within a battery. This electricity could come from the Grid, solar panels or wind turbines. Having the ability to store electricity allows you to use it at a different time. Such times might be during a power cut or when electricity demand is high, meaning electricity prices are higher.

Can you have Home battery storage UK without solar panels?

You’ve heard and read about battery storage, you may have even been told you must have solar panels to benefit from battery storage.

Well, that isn’t true! Battery storage without solar panels works perfectly well. In fact battery storage without solar allows you to save on your electricity bill, powering your home with electricity stored within storage batteries. You can even use this stored electricity during power cuts if you’ve opted for an EPS (Emergency Power Supply).

How does home battery storage without solar panels work?

Now we know you can have battery storage without having solar panels, lets look at how battery storage without solar panels works.

Having battery storage installed at your home allows you to store electricity from the Grid within these batteries. The electricity stored can be call upon to power your home when you choose. The stored power can also be used when you experience a power cut,  providing continuous power to your home and core appliances.

To get the most from a standalone battery storage system, using it effectively is key to reducing your electricity costs. We’ll look at a few methods which work best.

In the UK there are a number of battery specific tariffs, providing customers with a cheaper rate during less in-demand times. This is usually between midnight and early hours of the morning. During this time you should charge your batteries at the lower price per kW, giving you cheaper electricity to use during peak times. You can also make the most of suppliers like Octopus who are offering higher export prices during peak times. We have seen up to 15 pence per kW being offered. Exporting your stored electricity during this time can create a passive income for your home.

What are the benefits of home battery storage without solar UK.

Choosing to install home battery storage without solar panels? Check out the many benefits that come with standalone battery storage without solar:

  • Charging your batteries during off-peak times reduces stress on the Grid.
  • Reduced cost of electricity as you charge your storage batteries at a cheaper off-peak price, Octopus offer specific tariffs.
  • Less reliance on the Grid as you have the option to store your own electricity.
  • Backup power source during power cuts.

Cons of home battery storage without solar.

As with anything there are always draw backs such as:

Remaining reliant on the Grid: You’ll still need to charge your home battery storage system via the Grid, so you cannot escape increases in energy prices. However, you can utilise cheap night rates offered by energy firms, and could sell excess stored power back to the Grid at on peak prices.

Batteries are expensive: A standalone home battery storage system can be quite expensive, usually around £4,500. However with technology ever advancing this price is coming down. The government only recently announced battery storage now benefits from 0% VAT, further reducing these costs.

Adding solar panels at a later date can help avoid high Grid prices. If your worried your roof isn’t suitable for solar panels we can take a look for free. We may even have a solution that works for your home such as mounting solar to a shed, garage or even a ground mounted system.

We would always suggest if your home is suitable to have battery storage installed with solar panels. As it is much more effective in reducing your energy bills.

How does a smart tariff work with battery storage?

If you’re going to have home battery storage without solar panels then a smart tariff is the perfect partner. A smart tariffs unit price of electricity changes depending on the time of day. For example, during off-peak hours, energy can be purchased for less than the standard rate. These cheap times are offered as energy is less in demand.

With battery storage installed you can take full advantage of these tariffs. You could wait until these cheaper times of the day and fully charge your storage batteries from the Grid. You can then use this stored energy throughout your home rather than drawing from the Grid.

A huge benefit of battery storage is the ability to export or sell back your stored electricity to the Grid. This is particularly useful if you can sell your electricity back during on peak times. During these times suppliers like Octopus offer much higher rates per kW for your electricity. You could take full advantage of these off and on-peak tariffs to make a generous passive income each month. Our battery storage solutions also make it easy to charge and discharge the batteries at any time of the day with handy easy to navigate apps.

How many storage batteries do I need without solar panels?

Usually, to ascertain what size or how many batteries you need we would look at:

  • Property size
  • Number of people living in your home
  • Your current energy usage and any future purchases that may increases usage, such as EVs or hot tubs.

If we are specifically looking at home battery storage without solar panels, we’ll want to take into account that you’ll be using a smart tariff. These tariffs give you a cheaper price for a shorter period usually 3-4 hours. Fully charging your home storage batteries during this time will help decrease your energy costs.

We stock batteries from many suppliers, all which have high-capacity batteries that allow extra storage batteries to be added easily should you find your current setup is not adequate.

Our team of expert installers will guide you through this process ensuring you get a home battery storage system that works for your home without the need for solar panels.

How much does battery storage without solar cost?

With battery storage now exempt from VAT similar to solar the cost has dropped. If you were looking to install standalone battery storage without solar for a 9.6kW system it would cost around £5,500. This price however can vary by the brand of storage battery you purchase. Our team are on hand to help chose the perfect battery for your needs.

Where is best to locate you storage batteries?

Storage batteries come in many different shapes, sizes and capacities, so knowing where to install them safely can be tricky. Storage Batteries require a few things to operate effectively. Ventilation is key, big open spaces such as a garage, utility room or loft is generally the best place to house them. However, they can weigh a fair bit, meaning installing them in a loft is not always feasible. All battery storage solutions we supply have IP protection. If you don’t have sufficient space within your home it’s not an issue. We can install them in alternative suitable locations outside your home. Storage batteries are usually mounted to walls but can also be floor mounted, providing the opportunity to find suitable locations to install inside or outside.

Do I need an inverter for battery storage without solar?

Yes, as an inverter is effectively the brain of your home battery storage system. Inverters enable your system to become smart, allowing communication between storage batteries and the Grid. This is particularly useful when using smart tariffs you can programme your battery system to charge during off peak times and export during on peak. The most important aspect of an inverter is it converts DC to AC ensuring safe use of electricity within your home.

Can solar panels be added to storage batteries?

If you install storage batteries alone with a view to installing solar panels in future, our team can assess how many panels your home can have with your consumption in mind, ensuring our quote matches what you’ll use. It’s then just a matter of installing the necessary equipment and adding your new solar panels to your existing battery storage system.

Considering solar panels at a later date, this article are solar panels VAT free could be useful.

Can I add battery storage to an existing solar system?

If you already have a solar panel array on your home you can certainly add battery storage. As of 1st February 2024 battery storage is now subject to 0% VAT. Meaning you can choose to add battery storage at a later date and still benefit. With the latest reduction in the VAT on battery storage we are now able to offer 9.6kWh of battery storage from just £5,510 fully fitted. With firms like Octopus offering up to 15p per kWh for export and allowing you to charge at 17p per kWh you could see your electricity bills dramatically reduced.

Can storage batteries be replaced at the end of their life?

Yes, storage batteries in the UK can be replaced with once they come to the end of their life. Generally a storage battery sold in the UK comes with a 10-year warranty.

Does battery storage benefit from 0% VAT?

As of 1st February 2024 battery storage now benefits from the same rate of 0% VAT as solar panel installations. This reduction in VAT is in place until 31st March 2027.

Are there grants available for battery storage?

Unfortunately they are currently no grants or schemes in place to have battery storage without solar. There are schemes such as the ECO4 Scheme which allows those who qualify to have solar panels installed for free, along with other energy saving technologies.

How long will a battery storage system last?

As with all batteries that are charged and discharged (think of your phone battery), storage batteries will degrade over time, approximately at a rate of 2-3% per year. Our battery storage systems come with a 10 year warranty, however, the battery storage equipment we supply will usually last up to 20 years and beyond.

Home battery storage without solar panels summary

If you don’t want or can’t have solar panels installed, but you want to store energy at cheaper rates. Battery storage without solar panels UK is the perfect, and will prevent you over paying for energy. Not only will you be saving money, you’ll gain independence from the Grid (if opting for an EPS).

Having solar panels along with battery storage in most homes will yield the best results. However, our team will always advise you of the best options to suit your individual circumstances, which is why we provide free quotes.

If you’re looking to add battery storage to your UK home get in touch with our team now for your free no-obligation quote.

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