FranklinWH Smart Circuits: An Innovation to Maximize Energy Efficiency in Solar and Battery Backup Systems

Home energy management · Apr 25, 2024

In the realm of renewable energy solutions, the integration of smart technology has revolutionized the efficiency and functionality of solar and battery backup systems. A pivotal aspect of this innovation lies in intelligent load control, which optimizes energy usage based on various factors such as time of day, energy demand, and battery status.

FranklinWH, with its Franklin Home Power whole-home energy solution, has led the industry with its integrated Smart Circuits. The goal of this function is to maximize energy efficiency and the system’s autonomy in managing the energy. A customized solution to better meet household needs and increase solar ROI.

Imagine a scenario where a household relies on solar panels and battery storage for power during a grid blackout. While the batteries may boast high capacity, it's essential to judiciously manage energy consumption to prolong battery runtime.

In such situations, Smart Circuits come into play, allowing homeowners to prioritize essential appliances while temporarily disconnecting high-draw, non-essential devices. By automatically adjusting load distribution, critical appliances such as refrigerators and lights remain powered, ensuring the household's functionality without compromising battery longevity.

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The Smart Circuit Advantage

When there is a power outage, the FranklinWH system immediately switches over to power all backed up circuits. If the outage is longer than a typically short one, and there aren’t Smart Circuits, the homeowner needs to run around and power down appliances such as water heaters or washing machines to save energy, to extend the backup power of the batteries for necessary appliances. That could require going down to the basement or into a garage to turn off a breaker, with a flashlight at hand at night.

With Smart Circuits, it only takes a click on the FranklinWH App. The Smart Circuit breaker is off, and the homeowner can quickly and safely be assured that the battery life has been extended for other power demands. A simple, handy, smartphone app provides them instant control from the living room or even remotely.

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Maximization of Self-Consumption

Smart Circuits facilitate the maximization of self-consumption, which is particularly relevant in regions such as California, with net metering regulations. Rather than selling excess solar energy back to the grid at unfavorable rates, homeowners can utilize solar-generated power efficiently within their premises.

For instance, surplus solar energy can be directed towards charging electric vehicles or powering water heaters, thereby minimizing reliance on external power sources and maximizing the return on solar investment.

Energy Management and Resilience

The significance of Smart Circuits extends beyond individual appliances. It represents a broader shift toward integrated energy management systems. Modern solar and battery backup setups are equipped with sophisticated monitoring and control capabilities, often accessible through a single app. This seamless integration empowers homeowners to oversee their energy consumption, optimize efficiency, and adapt to dynamic energy demands effortlessly.

By leveraging intelligent load control, homeowners not only enhance the resilience of their energy infrastructure but also contribute to a more sustainable future. The ability to intelligently manage energy usage not only reduces reliance on traditional power grids but also mitigates the environmental impact associated with fossil fuel consumption.

Foster Renewable Energy Awareness

Smart Circuits foster a culture of energy awareness and empowerment. As individuals gain insights into their energy consumption patterns and the factors influencing them, they become proactive participants in the transition toward renewable energy.

This heightened consciousness drives innovation and encourages further advancements in renewable energy technologies, paving the way for a greener and more resilient energy landscape.

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