Thanks to an unusually warm and sunny summer, the family of five have used even less energy than they usually do. In June, before the xStorage Home system was installed, the Vågen family used 44 per cent less energy than the average Norwegian household. The following month, once their energy storage system was in place, they benefited from further savings, as they now used 53 per cent less than the average household in the country. “We are in no way extraordinarily conscious or extreme about saving energy. We live comfortably, using as much hot water as we like, and we keep our house warm in the winter. A lot of the energy we save is thanks to geothermal energy and good insulation”, Vågen says, and adds, “our energy meter is not yet installed, but I expect the savings to be even bigger when that’s in place”. Through an application on his phone, Mr. Vågen can see that he has sold more than 500 kilowatt hours back to the energy company since mid-June. If we have another summer like the one we’ve had this year, I’m pretty sure we could manage our energy needs from the energy we produce ourselves throughout the summer period, assuming we are a little bit conscious about how we use energy”, Vågen says.