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Since the Tesla Powerwall burst onto the scene less than two years ago, home batteries have never seemed like a smarter or more viable investment for households with solar. Soon enough it wasn't just Tesla - other options quickly began popping up on the market, giving us a vast variety of batteries for all different homes with all different needs.

We set out to speak to three early adopters of battery technology to see what it's like to live with solar batteries and measure how they have impacted their energy use and - most importantly - their power bills.

In sunny Australia, household rooftop solar can be a great way to generate some of your own power, and potentially save money off your electrical bill. Thanks to recent technology improvements and price reductions, home battery storage makes it possible to store the sun’s energy and use it again at night. But as more and more players enter the market, which option is right for you?

Winter is fast approaching and most solar panel owners will be dreading the drop in solar power output that comes in the cooler months. With shorter days, more cloud cover and the sun shining at a different angle, it feels inevitable that solar generation will drop by up to a third. But don’t despair yet, there are things that can be done to make sure your panels continue operating as efficiently as possible all through the winter.

Tesla’s unveiling of its new Powerwall 2 battery with a built-in AC inverter -- along with some upcoming solar roof tile products -- takes a leaf from the Apple playbook of vertical integration. It’s the latest step on a corporate path, including the imminent merger with SolarCity, that moves Tesla closer to being a vertically integrated provider of energy solutions.

As with the Apple product ecosystem, this aims to establish Tesla as a single entry point for energy generation and storage systems in the home environment. Tesla has both the name and the resources to become a strong player in this realm.

You'd expect that Alan Noble, Google's engineering director for Australia and New Zealand, would be a bit of a tech-head. And yes, he is: he's just had an off-the-grid solar and battery energy storage system set up at his rural South Australian property, using cells designed by Aussie company Redflow for a much lower cost than actually connecting the entire property to the national energy grid.

Redflow's new ZCell home battery, launched in March, is a 10 kilowatt hour (kWh) flow battery that can 'timeshift' solar power from day to night, store off-peak power for peak demand periods and support off-grid systems.

Redflow have now been able to fully integrate the ZCell battery with energy storage management provider Redback Technologies Smart Hybrid Solar Inverter System, which manages energy supplies from the grid, PV solar panels and a battery.

Aussie company Redflow announced its innovative zinc-bromine ZCell battery earlier this year, and tomorrow it's getting its first public debut at the Australian Energy Storage Conference & Exhibition in Sydney. The enclosure for the 10kWh home energy storage system has just been revealed, designed to be easy to install with failsafes against battery fluid leakage.

Video: Internode founder Simon Hackett is a big supporter of Tesla Motors -- he owns a couple of Model S sedans, a couple of the company's first Roadsters, and has the Model X on order. As well as liking their design and all-electric power, Hackett likes the tech inside, too. In a new testimonial for Tesla, one of Australia's most recognisable Internet names talks about his fleet of cars.