Tesla Solar Roof Review: Was it Worth It?

Tesla Solar Roof Review: Was it Worth It?

1 year with the Tesla solar roof

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0:00 I have not paid for electricity in a year
1:15 How does solar work
4:56 Why I picked the Tesla solar tiles
7:28 Numbers/specs time!
11:06 Summer
13:01 Fall
13:59 Winter
16:25 Spring
17:17 Eight Sleep
18:39 The money question
22:35 Quirks and Features
27:11 Conclusion

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30 Responses

  1. Kyle Krueger says:

    That sponsorship segue was beautiful

  2. Alexis says:

    That kind of video really showcase how good of a content creator Marques is, real in depth feedback on a complex setup but presented in a entertaining and understandable way.

    • Raphael Mmor says:

      Absolutely! Was skeptical about watching a 30+ mins video then I thought to myself, it’s MKBHD

    • Intranetusa says:

      My question is what does he do that requires him to use $9,663 worth of electricity a year (which is ~$805 a month)? Does he have an 8000 sq ft mansion and runs a business of his house with lots of out electrical devices? My parents have a 4500 sq ft house with everything running on electricity (electric cooking, electric well pump for water, electric heat and AC, etc) and their electric bill is typically only $200ish (usually less than $200) a month. I recently moved into a 3k sq ft house with my SO, and my electricity + water + gas bill adds up to around $200-$300 as well. My other family member has an electric car to drive with Uber/Lyft as a source of income, and the electric car only added like $40-$50 to their electric bill.

    • Eldar M says:

      Car charging and ac , and in NJ electricity aint cheap

  3. Nick HR says:

    As an energy policy analyst and power grid modeler, this video is sooo interesting. I’ve worked with datasets or statistics averaging these kind of metrics to analyze the benefits of those new federal tax credits you mentioned. But a story like this really brings such a great detailed zoom in on an experience. Love this video and will definitely take lessons from it into account in my work!

    • The Inappropriate Maker says:

      As a heat pump enthusiast, I’m over here wondering why Marques Brownlee doesn’t have a Mitsubishi hyper heat?!

    • Kekkei Genkai says:

      ​@The Inappropriate Makercuz its not from apple or tesla

    • Nick HR says:

      @The Inappropriate Maker i was thinking about that too. Though he is already operating at a shortage in winter months, so the natural gas may be cheaper. I assumed he meant heat pump when he mentioned switching to electric heating

  4. Streets Rawest says:

    I specialized in solar at a call center for a utility company and this video was accurate. I’m surprised how well versed you are in this subject. Let’s you know he doesn’t just shoot from the hip for content , he does his homework

    • Tristen Hernandez says:

      After all these years, are you just now learning that? I really hope you didn’t think that up until now.

    • Streets Rawest says:

      @Tristen Hernandez he covers many subjects , I know which ones I expect him to be knowledgeable in but when he touches on something I specialized in and explains it so clearly It puts a smile on my face. Most customers who call in about their solar do not actually have a good handle on how net metering works.

    • Vedant Pratap Singh Jadon says:

      Okay so I need some clarifications on a few things:

      1) MKBHD uses around 4000 KWh of electricity every month. Is that normal for an average American? Cause my household’s MAX energy use in the peak of summers (May June) is about 700-800 units a month, with about 2-3 ACs running pretty much the entire day/night

      -2) How expensive is electricity in America? 54000 units of electricity would’ve cost MKBHD ~9000 USD.. That comes out to about 5.2 USD per unit? Isn’t that like a lot? The tariff he showed earlier were displaying the cost in 30 cents per unit or something-

      Whoops. I made a Maths booboo. My bad.

    • Streets Rawest says:

      @Vedant Pratap Singh Jadon that is not average usage, even for an ev owner. I’m assuming it’s due to the amount of specialty equipment he has running around the clock due to his profession. Last summer we were seeing that type of consumption due to the historic heat wave. We do have certain areas that are more affluent that can average that type of usage but they also have ADU’s , wells , stables , irrigation systems etc. 700-800 is more common usage, also depends on how much they charge at home vs at a charging station. To be on solar you have to be on time of use, so the rate varies depending on the time of day, I’m on the west coast so I can’t speak for where he lives. But highest cost is between on peak (4-9) and lowest overnight (super off peak) which is when you want to be charging your vehicle. If you’re on an EV rate it’s about 16 cents a kilowatt but you pay a monthly service fee of 16 dollars) We only charge him for the net difference so if his system is covering this usage these numbers don’t come into play, especially because he’s using a battery. If he didn’t have a battery then we give him back the value of the timeframe in which he generated , so let’s say off peak is 47 cents he gets that back towards his electric bill

  5. Karl Rock says:

    Fascinating! Thanks for the review.

  6. Steve Stroh says:

    This was the single most informative video about solar power + batteries that I’ve ever seen. Kudos! VERY well researched and very good production values.

  7. CG Geek says:

    Really interesting, thanks for sharing this data! One thought is.. The solar panels are under warranty for 25 years, but probably not the power walls? As we all know batteries don’t often last too many years, so the power walls would likely need to be replaced after 10 years? Adding a longer payback period, as I’m sure Tesla battery banks of that size are a large cost.

    • Yolanda Playne says:

      Yes, the payback period would be a lot shorter without the batteries. They’re expensive and die before they can pay themselves off. They’re really only a good idea if you don’t have net metering.

    • Sachi Hatano says:

      10 years is a number that also depends on how much you charge and discharge it

      depending on depth of discharge it might actually last longer.

    • Quack says:

      Tesla batteries probably don’t last as long, I’ve heard at least 3 people complain about the tesla power walls, a solar installer even recommended not to use the tesla wall batteries.

    • bitcores says:

      I’m seeing a lot of estimates from 10 to 25 years. Seeing they are batteries it is going to come down to cycles, and having excess storage will increase the longevity of the banks.

    • Rick Kay says:

      @Yolanda PlayneThey degrade but dont die. Also, their bms keeps longevity due to keeping them at proper temps

  8. Aaron Pinero says:

    These are my favorite MKBHD videos — a real nerdy deep dive. Thank you for the look at home solar. It was neat to learn about this kind of solar roof tiles.

  9. Veigas Terre says:

    Man, you’re the best Tech Reviewer. I really love your reviews bc they’re so in dept, detailed, and realistic. Subjective may be on your social status, still you get to tell audiences/consumers they want to hear. You deserve a 20 mil sub (or more). 😩

  10. jeffosoft says:

    One of the best YouTubers.

    No gimmicks. No bragging about how expensive everything he has is.

    Researched content.. always great thank you

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