5 Tips to Get the Most from a Residential Solar Battery

1. The largest , over the life of the system, is the . The lifetime cost, including , of your batteries is dependent on your initial purchase price, how well you adhere to a maintenance schedule, and the replacement interval for the batteries you select.

2. The energy capacity of a battery is measured in watt-hours, which is the amp-hour rating times the voltage. For example, a 12-volt, 100-amp-hour battery has a storage capacity of 1,200 watt-hours, which is the same as a 600-amp-hour, 2-volt battery.

3. Follow manufacturer recommendations for voltage set points. Make sure that your charger or charge controller will supply the correct voltage.

4. Place batteries in a well-ventilated, temperature-moderated area because batteries give off gases that could accumulate to form an explosive mixture. Batteries should be kept in an uncluttered, dry area of a shed or garage or placed in a vented box with a strong lock for easy but safe access.

5. Always refer to the battery manufacturer's recommendations for use and maintenance.