Purchases That Can Impact Your Electrical Systems

It’s easy to forget about the impact a new toy, gadget, or technology can have on your electrical system and the associated costs. Be sure to research the costs, both indirect and direct, associated with connecting that new hot tub, electric vehicle, shop equipment, sauna, electric tankless water heater, generators, and of course, finishing areas in your home, like a basement. These and other items can impact your electrical system in a few ways.

First, these items will require electricity to operate. This can put a strain on your electrical system, particularly if you are adding many new things to your service, especially in older homes. Older homes often have smaller services, usually 100 amps, to run the entirety of electrical appliances in the home. Additional electrical use will generally mean a higher electric bill. It is also important to make sure that your electrical system is up to code and can handle the new load.

Second, these gadgets may require you to install new electrical equipment, such as a charger to power that electric vehicle or a dedicated circuit to handle the hot tub power. The installations necessary to make it all work safely and correctly should be factored into the overall cost of the new item. For example, a new electric vehicle will require a car charger installed at home. These can range between $700 to more than $3,000 (see our related blog, “How much does it cost to install a car charger”) in addition to the charger and the vehicle. Further, the additional electrical usage will increase your monthly electrical bill.

If you are concerned about the impact of a large purchase on your electrical system, there are a few things you can do. First, you can call CK Electric at 443.920.3078 to discuss the potential costs associated with connecting the new equipment. Second, you can try to buy energy-efficient appliances and electronics. This will reduce the amount of electricity you use. Finally, you can install a solar panel system or other renewable energy sources. This will increase your upfront cost but may help you reduce your reliance on the grid and reduce the strain on your electrical system.