The turmoil of the past two years has prompted the point that the unexpected can happen at any moment, causing many people to reassess their preparedness in their homes. The scenario you are most likely to encounter is an extended power outage, whether it be due to blackouts, blackouts, natural disasters, or even just bad storms. A network failure is more than an inconvenience: Not only will your electrical devices become useless, but any medical devices that require a power source as well, which can become a dangerous situation in a hurry.
The good news is that the new EcoFlow Smart Home panel, now available for first-time purchase, is a great way to defend your home against extended power outages while making it easy to monitor and manage your daily energy use.
EcoFlow’s Smart Home panel is essentially a spare circuit breaker designed to interact with the electronics in your home as well as the EcoFlow DELTA Pro ecosystem. The Smart Home panel allows you to connect up to 10 circuits in your home (the average American family has about 12), and in the event of a power outage, it automatically switches in 20 milliseconds to the DELTA Pro portable power station. Ten circuits are enough to power many rooms and appliances in your home, which means the EcoFlow Smart Home panel offers a greatly improved power solution via an independent power plant as well as gas-powered generators that are noisy, have to be manually operated, and can pose safety risks.
Besides the ten circuits of your home, the EcoFlow Smart Home panel can connect to the DELTA Pro ecosystem (25 kWh): two DELTA Pro portable power stations, two Delta Pro Smart Extra batteries, and two EcoFlow smart generators. This does more than just keep these portable batteries in good condition: during peak hours, the smart home panel can switch from grid power to the DELTA Pro ecosystem. Any parts of your home that are on the Smart Home Panel’s ten circuits will draw power from backup power plants rather than the grid during peak hours, reducing energy consumption (and also your energy bills) while relieving stress on the grid. The smart home panel will also charge any DELTA Pro portable power stations during peak hours as well.
You can improve your home’s energy independence and backup power system even further by adding solar panels to the mix. The smart home panel can interact with any roof-mounted solar panels that are compatible with MC4. If you do not have or want roof-mounted solar panels and prefer a more portable solution, the EcoFlow 400-watt foldable solar panels can be deployed. Solar panels naturally reduce your dependence on the grid while also providing alternative energy to your home in the event of a grid failure.
All of this can be managed and monitored via the accompanying EcoFlow app, which provides real-time usage metrics for the DELTA Pro system right on your mobile device. You can see and control the power usage of each connected home circuit, analyze your power consumption, and avoid peak rates. Similar motherboard systems can only monitor the energy consumption of an entire home, but the EcoFlow Smart Home board can track the energy usage of each of its 10 individual circuits. You have complete control over which power source each of these circuits uses – whether the grid or any portable power stations connected to your EcoFlow DELTA Pro – and you can use the EcoFlow app to set schedules based on your needs and habits.
If you’re looking to better manage your energy consumption, save on energy bills, and boost your home against blackouts and extended network outage scenarios, the EcoFlow Smart Home Panel is now available for purchase.
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