Three Things To Consider When Connecting Your Home To The Electricity Grid For The First Time

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If you have just finished construction on your home or are completing a renovation, then you may be about to have your power installation started. That is an exciting time because once your home is connected to power, it really comes alive. The lights give the home a warm glow, and life can begin in earnest, with the kitchen, living room and bathroom appliances all coming on at once. However, before you get too carried away, there are a few things that you should consider that could make your power installation even better than it would be normally. 

Consider Adding Solar

When you begin your power installation with your chosen electrician, you should ask them if it would be possible to add some solar options at the same time. Solar power is more efficient than ever, and there are still government rebates that can reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Solar also reduces the cost of your quarterly electric bills, which can be a major hurdle for some families. Your electrician might need a bit of time to plan out how to add the solar panels into your home's network, so make sure to give them a little bit of forewarning; don't spring this on them the day before! 

Plan Your Power Outlet Locations

It cannot be stressed enough that before any power installation begins, you should already know where most of your power outlets will be located and how many you need.  For power outlets in kitchens, think about where appliances will sit and if they will block your available spaces. You should also have a rough floor plan of furniture in each room so you know where to put the outlets to best serve the needs in these rooms. There is no point in putting power outlets in areas where they will be obscured by couches, beds and tables. Plan it out with  your family and make sure to relay this information to your electricians. 

Above- Or Below-Ground Installation

There are two ways you can generally connect to the power grid: through an above- or below-ground wire connection. Above-ground connections are cheaper, but they are more susceptible to environmental damage and need more frequent replacements. Below-ground power installation costs a lot more because a trench has to be dug, but this can still make sense if your home is not located too far from the street. If your home is on a rural property, then above-ground is the only way you will be able to afford power installation, but otherwise, you should consider the pros and cons of each option before you decide!