Talking with your cooperative first could save you time and money.
When you’re planning an exciting new home renovation project, it can feel like you have a never-ending list of things to get done.
Well, if your project includes updates to your home’s electrical wiring, there’s an important item to have on your list: check in with us before getting started!
Why should you talk to Piedmont Electric before changing the electrical in your home?
When you make major electrical updates to your house, there may be changes we need to make on our end as a result. To save you time (and potentially money!) we recommend calling 800.222.3107 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your plans with our team.
Some projects require us to temporarily disconnect power to your home so that the work can be completed safely. If power to your home is disconnected by someone other than a Piedmont Electric employee, it will appear on our system as a power outage and we will send someone to your home. If we cut the power off, anything is changed in the service, or if the seal on the meter is broken, then your home will need to have had an inspection and we will need to receive a copy from the inspector before we can cut your service back on.
Contacting us first will allow us to give you more information about how your project might result in changes to your Piedmont Electric service.
What types of projects should you call about?
If you’re just doing a small update like replacing appliances with similar models or purchasing new electronics, you probably don’t need to call us first. But if you’re planning a large-scale renovation that might result in major electrical updates, give us a quick call before getting started. Here are a few examples of the types of larger projects you’d want to call about first:
- Installing a solar system
- Installing a whole-home generator
- Adding an electric vehicle charging station
- Changing out or moving your meter box
- Adding an extension to your home
- Adding a pool or spa to your backyard
- Adding power to a shed or garage
- Anything that would require substantial digging in your yard
Projects like these actually involve moving underground cables or other changes to your service which can be expensive and result in you receiving an unexpected bill at the end of your project. By talking to us first, we can give you all the information you need before you get started.
We always provide free advice on using energy in your home. So if you have a question, just call us at 800.222.3107 or email email@example.com so we can give you recommendations about how to best handle your project.
Will the project increase your home’s energy efficiency?
If you’re looking for help paying for home upgrades that will increase your home’s energy efficiency, be sure to see if your project qualifies for Piedmont Electric’s energy efficiency and renewable loan program.
This loan program is available to eligible Piedmont Electric members to finance projects like heat pump replacements, door and window replacements, solar panel installations and more.
Visit pemc.coop/rebates-loans or call us at 800.222.3107 to find out more information and to see if your project qualifies.