6 Ways Electrical Car Drivers Can Save Money On Home Charging

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Do you plug your car in as soon as you get home from work at the end of the day? Raise your hand. OK, we have to stop doing that, because it’s peak period – which means a higher electric bill.

More than a quarter – 28% – of EV drivers charge their cars as soon as they get home, instead of waiting for the cheapest time to plug in. (That stat is out of the UK, mind you, but this is probably pretty similar in other countries. It certainly is in my driveway.)

Only 12% of EV drivers in the UK wait to charge until a point in the week when they predict energy prices and carbon would be the lowest, and only 3% are scheduling automated charging when energy is cheapest, according to UK-based consumer EV and home energy.

But the ways to save money on home charging transcend borders. Check them out, because they’re easy to implement:

Home charging during off-peak times

Charge your EV at off-peak times. If you charge during peak times, then it costs more money.

Since there is no unified electricity tariff in various regions, you need to confirm with the energy company yourself.

Your electric car’s battery

Avoid running your battery lower than 20% and set it to stop charging at 80% unless you need the range for a longer journey, as the first and last parts of the battery take the longest to charge. This is also good for battery health and longevity.

A charged morning start

If you live in a colder climate , in fall and winter, finish your charging as close as possible to the time you leave home in the morning. As charging warms the battery, you’ll have more range from the same amount of energy.

Heat isn’t your battery’s friend

Moderate temperatures generally mean you get more miles per charge. However, above 77 Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius), range starts to fall again. If it's hot out, make an effort to charge in the shade.

Extreme temperatures

In extreme heat or cold, keep your car plugged in (but not necessarily charging) to allow the battery temperature controls to keep running.

Solar option

If your car is at home during the day, investing in rooftop solar means you’ll charge with the cleanest and cheapest energy. Prices have dropped considerably, so it’s worth getting a quote now, even if you ruled solar out in the past. (Plus, there’s that whole global warming thing.)

Solar matching is also in the plan list of Linkcharging, will release in 2022.

Original Author: Michelle Lewis
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