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!
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:
- Adding an extension to your home
- Installing a whole-home generator
- Adding a pool or spa to your property
- Installing a solar panel system
- Adding an EV charging station
- Moving or changing your meter box Any project that requires substantial digging in your yard (you should also call 811 before digging)
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.
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 email@example.com to discuss your plans with our team.
When you make major electrical changes around your home, there may be updates we need to make on our end as well. By contacting us before you get started, you can save yourself from potential headaches, delays and unexpected fees at the end of your project.
In some cases, we may need to temporarily disconnect the power to your home so the work can be done safely. Only Piedmont Electric employees should disconnect your power. If someone other than a Piedmont Electric employee disconnects the power, it will show up as an outage on our end, increasing costs for you and your cooperative.
The projects previously mentioned often involve moving underground cables or other changes to your service. This can be expensive and lead to you receiving an unexpected bill at the end of your project. When you talk to us before starting your project, we can give you important information about how your project might result in changes to your service from Piedmont Electric.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.