At the forefront of new energy management technologies, carbonTRACK has developed battery monitoring and management capabilities that help people get the most out of their solar battery system.
But what does the experience of a carbonTRACK managed solar battery system feel like? Shavaj Kallamkote, carbonTRACK’s Founder and CTO, shares his experience with carbonTRACK, solar and batteries in his home.
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A battery system has only been installed at Shavaj’s place for around 6 months. His solar and carbonTRACK unit, however, has been around for about 2 years.
“It was seamless because carbonTRACK knows what I want, so it’ll adjust to my lifestyle rather than the other way around”. Having been involved with tech industry for years, Shavaj thinks that “technology should fit in with what you do… you don’t want to move your life around for the technology; when you do that, that’s when technology fails”.
“There are some luxuries in life, ones where you really need to think twice about using that amount of electricity from the grid. With carbonTRACK running your battery, however, you know these things can be covered with stored solar. You can still enjoy your lifestyle without having to worry about what impact you’re having on the environment… you’re not wasting anything, only using what you need… It’s that feel good factor”.
“I hardly ever look at the carbonTRACK dashboard unless I have to make a change, and that’s the best part.”
The ability to ‘set and forget’, allowing technology to work for you, is key to how Shavaj’s benefits from the system. When it comes to managing his battery, “carbonTRACK does it for me, so I don’t have to worry about it. If I had to look at the dashboard every single day and manage it, I wouldn’t want to”.
An issue some people have found with solar and battery systems is a lifestyle one. Often with solar and even batteries you need to make changes to your electricity use habits to see the benefits.
“If I didn’t have carbonTRACK then I would’ve had to change a lot of things… (without it) I don’t think I would’ve got the benefits I did”.
Shavaj also speaks of the importance to future proofing your home.
“With the way the world is going, a lot of things are becoming digital. So if your front door is a digital lock, and the power’s cut, you have no way out… These essential loads will still run off your battery, again, without you having to change too much”.
Future proofing your home with batteries and carbonTRACK is useful for more than just security.
Shavaj explains that “the next thing in home energy will mainly be machines talking to each other”. This is where your home really starts taking care of itself, as uses your stored power as effectively as possible.
“When they (appliances like dishwashers, fridges) can talk to each other and make decisions… you don't have to worry about it”.
“carbonTRACK decides the what the best form of energy is for me to use. It’ll store any excess power (like unused solar generation) into my battery, then discharge when I want it overnight… It basically runs my house. Most of the nonessential equipment in my home is run with carbonTRACK”.
Shavaj’s system has set him up for an exciting future in home technology. Using carbonTRACK, with batteries and solar, is a fantastic foundation to the smart home of the present and future. You can live the lifestyle you want, without the big power bills and causing environmental harm.