Electrical Tips for New Builds

6 Electrical Tips for New Builds

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Most new homeowners get so caught up in choosing the interior design and architectural style that they overlook the electrical wiring requirements for their property. This results in substantial electricity expenses and compromises the family’s well-being and home safety. It is, therefore, essential that you have an organized and complete electrical plan for your new build before you start the construction process. Read on for six electrical tips for your home to increase the value of your property.

1. Determine how much electricity you will use

To help your electrician find the right type of electricity wiring suitable for your house, you should first establish the amount of electricity your family will be using. Consider writing down the outlets for each room, appliances, electronics, and lighting fittings you already have or intend to purchase in the future to guide your electrician to prevent disappointments. 

2. Plan the electrical outlet’s locations

Alongside your electrician, determine how many electrical outlets you need and where they should be located. This will help your electrician install circuits and wiring that can safely handle your home’s electrical loads. Failing to plan the location of your power outlets results in installing inadequate electricity outlets in each room, forcing you to use power strips or extension cords in the future, which often leads to severe electrical hazards.

3. Automate your new home’s lighting

Be sure to invest in an intelligent home automation system for your home’s lighting and electrical appliances to increase luxury. An automated system is designed to switch the lights on or dim them at a specific time and give your home ambiance. Some essential areas you could consider adding automatic lighting include the entry for convenience and safety, the toilet to eliminate the need to switch on the bathroom lights at night, and the garage for convenience when getting out of the car. Sensor lights on your driveway are excellent design features and a beautiful way to welcome guests to your home.

4. Prioritize energy-efficiency

Electricity is often the most significant home expense, so it is crucial to establish strategies to lower the energy costs when building your home. Consider incorporating energy-efficient additions to reduce your carbon footprint and costs. For instance, you could use environmentally friendly materials such as rammed earth bricks or powder coating resin and incorporate the wind flow and natural lighting into your home design.  Investing in LED lights, solar panels, and energy-efficient appliances and insulating your house can also reduce your electricity expenses.

5. Remember the outdoor space lighting

To extend the time you spend outdoors once the sun goes down and boost safety, security, and appeal, you should also plan for landscape lighting. Consider adding inground lights, spotlights, projection lights, and deck and step lighting fixtures to light your backyard.

6. Hire the right electrician

Hiring the right electrician is crucial to ensuring professional electrical installation tailored to your family’s needs. Before hiring an electrician, ensure they are insured, licensed, and bonded. They should also offer competitive rates and warranties to guarantee quality work. Consider reading online reviews or request recommendations from acquaintances to an experienced and reputable electrician to help you create your dream home.

Endnote

The best way to reduce your energy expenses and prevent costly electrical upgrades in the future is by having an electrical plan during the construction stage. Implement the above strategies when building to create a space that meets your electrical needs.

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Jacky Chou

Jacky Chou is an electrical engineer turned marketer. He is the founder of Indexsy, Far & Away, Laurel & Wolf, a couple FBA businesses , and about 40 affiliate sites. He is a proud native of Vancouver, BC, who has been featured on Entrepreneur.com, Forbes, Oberlo and GoDaddy.