Electric and hybrid vehicles are great for the environment and your wallet, but did you know that you could save even more money by solar powering your EV? Let’s look at how charging your Tesla or another electric car with solar energy can help Las Vegas homeowners save money and become more environmentally friendly.
Public Charging Stations Vs. Grid Power Vs. Solar At Home
While public car charging stations are becoming increasingly common, plugging in your EV or PHEV at home is still the most convenient option. And if you have solar panels, keeping your car running with solar power will be much cheaper than charging with grid power. To understand why let’s look at each option’s pros and cons in a little more detail.
There Are Pros And Cons Of Public Charging Stations
The most significant advantage of using a public charging station is that it’s quick — most stations can charge your car in about an hour. Public charging may also be your only option if you’re in a time crunch or away from home on a road trip. The downside is that public stations can be expensive, especially if you’re not on a subscription plan. Finally, if you’re not careful, you could end up with a dead battery if someone unplugs your car before it’s ready to go.
Using Grid Power To Charge Your EV Is Intuitive
Charging your car from the grid is cheaper than using a public station, but it takes longer—usually around eight hours. And, like with public chargers, there’s always the risk that someone could unplug your car before it’s finished charging. Not only that — if the power goes out and your EV battery dies, but you could also be left stranded for the grid failure.
Power Your Home & Your Tesla With Rooftop Solar
If your home has rooftop solar, charging your EV or PHEV with the sun’s power is the cheapest — and greenest — option. Unfortunately, it’s also the slowest option, taking around 12 hours to charge your car entirely. But since you’re doing it at home, you don’t have to worry about someone unplugging your vehicle before it’s done charging. Home solar benefits EV owners, PHEV owners, and even those with regular gas-powered cars.
- Lower Your Electric Bill
- Reduce Reliance On The Grid
- Lower Your Carbon Footprint
- Increase Your Home’s Value
- Get Paid For Excess Electricity Production
- Go Green & Help Save The Planet
Explore The Best EV Solar Solutions For Southern Nevada
If you’re an EV driver in the Las Vegas valley and are looking for a way to save even more on your electric bill, consider installing solar panels on your home. Not only will you be doing your part to help the environment by using clean, renewable energy, but you could see a significant decrease in your monthly electricity costs. Give Lifetime Solar a call today to learn more about our rooftop solar solutions and how they can benefit you and your family.