Understanding Brownouts vs. Blackouts
Summer is coming, and with it, the potential for brownouts and blackouts looms large. According to recent reports from the Australian Energy Market Operator, Victoria faces an increased risk of power supply shortages this season. Why? Well, the failure to replace ageing coal plants fast enough and potential shortages of coal and gas have heightened the risk of both brownouts and blackouts. So what are brownouts and blackouts, and how can a solar battery help you avoid the inconvenience and risks they pose?
What Is a Brownout?
A brownout is a temporary drop in voltage in an electrical power supply system. While it doesn’t completely interrupt the flow of electricity like a blackout, it can cause its own set of problems. Brownouts can damage sensitive electronic equipment and create disruptions to essential household appliances like refrigerators and air conditioning units. They’re often a precursor to blackouts if power demand continues to exceed supply.
What Is a Blackout?
A blackout is a total loss of electricity in a particular geographic area and can last from minutes to days. They usually occur due to overloaded electrical grids, natural disasters, or equipment failure. The risk of blackouts increases during long, hot, dry summers, when the demand for electricity soars.
The Impact of Brownouts and Blackouts
Both brownouts and blackouts have considerable effects on households and businesses. For example, in the case of brownouts, air conditioners may not function at full capacity. During a blackout, these essential services go down completely, leaving you sweating through summer heat waves or shivering during winter cold spells.
Imagine it’s the peak of summer, and you’re relying on your air conditioner to keep your home comfortable. Suddenly, a brownout occurs, reducing the efficiency of your AC unit. In a worst-case scenario, this could escalate to a blackout, shutting down your cooling system entirely. That’s not just uncomfortable; it’s potentially dangerous, especially for vulnerable individuals like the elderly or young children.
The Solar Battery Solution from Max Power
This is where solar batteries come into play. The cutting-edge Enphase batteries offer an alternative power source that automatically kicks in when there’s a supply issue. Instead of losing air conditioning during a brownout or blackout, your solar battery takes over, ensuring uninterrupted comfort.
The Vic Gov’s new interest-free loan program has made installing a solar battery even more affordable. With a maximum loan repaid over four years, your monthly payments would be around $183.34. Given that solar saves an average of $1,073 annually and battery savings are around $640 per year—that’s a total of $1,713 in annual savings or about $142.75 per month. You can offset most of your loan repayment with the money you save on your energy bills!
Don’t let the increasing risk of brownouts and blackouts leave you hot and bothered this summer. With interest-free loans now available for a limited time, there’s never been a better moment to invest in a solar battery system. Contact us today to ensure your home stays powered and comfortable, even when the grid goes down.