For those looking to invest in your first electric car, the idea of charging your vehicle in the comfort of your own home might seem a little unorthodox. There are quite a few benefits to investing in home charging stations as opposed to the public charging stations. Today, we at Burley Electrical Services would like to share a few of these benefits.
Cost Effective to Charge an Electric Car at Home
You can pay a flat fee for a residential charging station and have unlimited energy from the same source that powers your home instead of buying battery power from a third party every time you need. You’ll still save money by saving yourself trips to public charging stations, despite seeing a small spike in your electrical bill. It is simple to find your own affordable home charging station. The cost will be anywhere between $300 to $2000, Depending on the type of charger you go with, the Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3. Keep in mind that the price of your charger will be separate from the price of the installation. When you purchase them, most EVs will come with a Level 1 charger, though they are slow charging speeds. Especially if you purchase a Level 2 charger, hiring an EV-certified electrician is necessary to install your home charger. Be sure to do your homework as the cost of a residential charger installation service can vary. Since you won’t have to use nearly as much battery power from public charging stations, these expenses will pay for themselves over time. Additionally, you can avoid paying higher rates set by third-party power providers.
Residential EV Charging Stations Give Increased Convenience
It takes about four to six hours to fully charge your EV with a Level 2 charger on average. You can forgo the public charging station by letting your vehicle charge overnight for example. With a residential charging station, your charging needs are more manageable. Ultimately, the convenience of a home charging station cannot be matched by relying on a public charging station.
Safer to Charge Electric Car at Your House
For a variety of reasons, charging at home is safer than charging in public. A primary example is that it is generally more dangerous when you charge your car in public rather than residential areas, especially since it can take some time. You are keeping your EV and yourself safer, by keeping the charging at home in the garage where it can also avoid being vandalized, stolen, or damaged by natural elements such as floods, hail storms, lightning storms, fires, and so forth it were exposed to the elements. The process of charging your EV at home is very safe, as long as you have the right equipment and the help of a professional residential charger installation service. Inside your home, the EV-certified electrician will look at the electrical wiring and address any concerns that may get in the way of the installation. For a safe and efficient charge, a Level 2 chargers require one dedicated 240-volt circuit for example. You will either have to find another source to power the refrigerator or build an entirely new circuit should you only have one circuit in your garage, and it’s being used to power a refrigerator. In any case, the installation service experts will help make any adjustments necessary to get your charger up and running. With your EV-certified electrician will train you on how to use it safely after your home charging station has been set up.