In today’s economy, everyone is doing anything possible to save money. A buck here, a buck there, it all counts for something. An excellent way to save money is to use solar energy, in other words, converting sunlight into electricity. Using energy from the sun is environmentally friendly and also saves you money. Why pay the electric company every month when you can use power from the sun for free? An excellent way to use solar energy is to use a solar battery which is a device that stores the power it generates from the sun and discharges the energy as needed through an inverter.

There are many different types of solar batteries, and they range in price from around $120.00 all the way up to $800.00. There are various ways to use this device as there are many different ones to pick from. Solar cells capture energy from the sun that can be used right away or can be stored for future use. These cells, called photovoltaic cells are displayed on a solar panel and are directed at the sunlight. The cells are made of silicon and absorb the light and convert it to energy. These semiconductors can be used to power everything from little calculators to even an entire home when used on the top of a roof. This energy can be stored to be used at a later date, which is where your use of a solar battery comes into play.

The solar battery is not like the regular run of the mill equipment. They are often referred to as deep-cycle batteries. They give off a minimal current of electric power, yet they have to maintain it for extended periods of time, even hours upon hours. When the sun is out, you don’t have to worry about where to get your power from, but what about when the sun goes down? Or when it rains? This situation is when your solar battery comes into use. When the sun isn’t out, or it’s raining, you don’t have to worry about where to get your power from because it will already be stored in your battery.

Technically, you can’t just hook up a couple of batteries to your rooftop solar panels and call it a day. They do come with some restrictions. You will need to install a charge controller to make sure you aren’t being overcharged when it is sunny out or draining the battery to the point of potential ruin where it won’t be able to hold a charge. Also, the power coming in will be coming via direct current. This electricity will need to be converted into alternating current to be compatible with the needs of your home, which is done by an inverter. The only concern with solar batteries is the wear and tear that they go through. This system is relatively self-sufficient. It is also pretty expensive to do a complete remodel of your roof for a solar panel, but if you put the effort, time, and money, it can be well worth it in the future.