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Backup Batteries vs. Generators – Which Works Best in California?

Aug 30, 2020

Backup batteries vs. generators—how do you decide which one is right for you? Backup power is becoming more and more of a necessity in Northern California. Power outages from grid failures, due to storms, high winds, wildfires, and other natural disasters, affect us all. You don’t have to live in the dark—Energy Saving Pros will help you find the most viable, affordable solution to protect your home with backup power. 

Batteries vs. Generators – Which Works Best?

Solar Batteries: Pros and Cons

  • Backup batteries link directly to your solar panels to store free power from the sun. Solar batteries are rechargeable and can collect new power every day. Although solar energy is free, the amount of power stored will depend on the amount of sunlight you collect. Too many consecutively cloudy days could interrupt your power supply.
  • Solar backup batteries integrate easily with smart home technology, making it easy to control how much power you use or store.
  • Solar energy is 100% clean and environmentally friendly. Batteries don’t generate any greenhouse gases. If your energy goals include going green, solar could be the right choice for you.
  • Batteries are silent—they don’t make a sound. If a quiet home environment is important to you, solar backup batteries create zero noise pollution.
  • Backup batteries can be more expensive than generators. However, you can offset the upfront cost of solar dramatically with California SGIP rebates and financing options from Energy Saving Pros.
  • The warranty life of most solar backup batteries is about 10 years or 10,000 cycles. How quickly you reach that battery lifespan will depend on frequency of use. If you’re only using your backup battery for emergency power, it could last a lot longer than ten years. If you use your backup battery every day, you’ll likely hit 10,000 cycles before ten years have passed.

Generators: Pros and Cons

  • Home generators can be plumbed directly to your natural gas or propane line. They turn on as soon as the power goes out, and automatically shut off when power is restored. Depending on the type, generators can usually be controlled with a remote if necessary. At Energy Saving Pros, we can work with any brand of generator, but we specialize in Generac, Honeywell, and Kohler brands. We also sell portable DuraMax generators.
  • Gas generators require fuel, so you’ll need to buy propane, diesel, or natural gas for your generator and be able to safely store it. Because generator fuel is combustible, generators do carry a risk of property damage from fire or explosions.
  • Generators produce carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Emission levels will depend on the type of generator and the type of fuel that it uses.
  • Sometimes generators can get noisy, but noise levels will also depend on the type of generator. Some brands run very quietly. If noise is a concern, we can help you choose the quietest model.
  • Generators require regular maintenance, as well as periodic checks to ensure they’re operating correctly. Without regular maintenance, there’s a risk that your generator might not turn on when you need it most.
  • Gas generators usually have a warranty life of about 5 years or 2,000 hours of operation.

Contact Us

Are you ready to invest in a backup power source? Energy Saving Pros will help you compare batteries vs. generators and find the best solution for your home and your budget. We service all of Northern California, from Greater Sacramento to the San Francisco Bay. Don’t get left in the dark when the power goes out—request a free quote from our energy advisors today! 

 


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