An even more energy efficient house in Norway

Discover how xStorage Home helps a Norwegian family make their already energy efficient home, even more efficient.
Magnus Vågen and Arne Ivar Sundseth, distributor of xStorage Home in the northern regions of Norway

I wanted to utilize more solar energy, and with the new installments, I can store the energy when the energy prices are low, and use it when the prices are high.

Magnus Vågen, Eaton xStorage Home customer

Discover how Magnus Vågen and his family now use 75% less energy

Watch the video below and discover how Magnus Vågen and his family now use 75% less energy thanks to a well insulated house, the installation of solar panels, the use of a heat pump with rock heat and an Eaton xStorage Home system.

The Vågen family managed to make their already energy efficient home, even more efficient.

When the Vågen family decided to build a new home three years ago, they dug for geothermal energy – a type of energy that is generated and stored in the Earth. It is clean and sustainable and can be used to make electricity. Last summer, the Vågen’s had solar panels installed on the roof of their property, and an xStorage Home system fitted in the garage. The installations were made with the long-term intention to become self-sufficient with energy thanks to their energy saving measures. The energy produced by the solar panels is stored in two xStorage Home systems that include both Eaton hybrid inverter and battery packs made of second-life Nissan LEAF battery modules. Today the Vågen’s are saving around 18 000 kWh compared to a standard house. With the current electricity price, that constitutes an annual saving of approximately EUR 2'500.

Selling electricity back to the energy company

“We are in no way extraordinarily conscious or extreme about saving energy. We live comfortably, using as much hot water as we like and keep our house warm in the winter. A lot of the energy we save is thanks to geothermal energy and good insulation”, Vågen says. 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.

Higher energy prices

Another benefit of being able to produce and store energy is that Mr. Vågen can sell the surplus energy back to the energy provider, which increases the return on investment. “I expect the electricity prices to rise and I think that gives us an opportunity to build on our investment. The higher the price for energy, the bigger the opportunity for me to sell my stored energy back to the provider”, Vågen says.

Giving a second life to used Electric Vehicle batteries

The xStorage Home system installed at the Vågen’s gives a second life to battery modules from Nissan LEAF Electric Vehicles which are no longer used in cars but still have a very good capacity to store energy in homes. With a growing number of Electric Vehicles on the road in Norway, this gives an opportunity to extend the usage of the EV batteries and limit their environmental impact.

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