When you are building a pool, hot tub, water garden, or irrigation system, cost to run power from your pool or hot tub can be an issue. Running electricity through the yard can be a problem, too. Depending on the size of your system, it may require digging trenches, laying wires, or having large electrical boxes on the property to handle the power. All this costs money. How can you reduce your cost to run power to your pools and hot tubs?
By reducing the size of the electric box, you will lower your cost to run power to your pool by about 50%. For most systems, you will want to have a separate box that has two outlets – one outlet for your pool’s water and one outlet for your house. The smaller the electric box, the less wire you need to bury. You will need to bury the wire about six inches deep, but it can be buried a lot more if you have the room. The less wire you have to bury, the less wire you will need to purchase.
To find the average cost to run power to your pool from your home, find the length of the wire that you need and multiply that by two. This number is the length of the electric trench. Remember to include the fencing and trenching that you will need to complete the job. Once you have the average cost to run power through the trenching, you can calculate how much trenching it will take. Add half this, half that, and then add the cost of the actual wire that you have to buy from the power company.
There are several ways to lower your cost to run power from your pool or hot tub. One of them involves switching to an alternate electric provider. There are times when the local electric provider is not offering the amount of energy that you want and you are forced to use a different service. If this happens, contact your electrical current provider and ask for an increase in your current service to the amount that you want. Ask that your current electric meter is replaced with a new one so that your energy use will be recorded and sent to an accurate device that will give you an accurate reading of your usage.
Before you start digging the trench, make sure you have the proper permit in place from your local codes. Most local codes won’t allow you to dig a trench beneath the ground if you don’t have the proper permit. Before you dig, check with your local codes and find out when they are going to require additional permission. You may have to get this approval before any digging starts. It is also a good idea to read your local ordinances before beginning the project so you have an idea of what you can and cannot do. You may be required to have a permit for some utility wire (electric, phone, internet, etc.)
If all goes well, you should be able to dig the trench in less than two days without having to worry about the wire being cut or damaged. When you first get started, your meter should read normal since you are just trying to determine how much power your home needs and isn’t trying to calculate how much power you’ll need based on usage. After you’ve finished testing it, you should have a very accurate reading of how many amps you’re using. After you’ve done that, contact your local codes enforcement agency and tell them your findings. They will then determine whether or not you have permission to dig up the earth for the wires.
If the trenching is going to be outside your home and you have a meter installed, you could save money by converting it into an analog reading. The average cost to run power 500 feet per hour through an analog meter is about ten cents per day. There are a couple options if you want to convert: you can use an electric meter or you can use a trenching wire. You will need an adjustable current device that plugs into a standard outlet. If you don’t want to convert, you can get an outdoor analog meter that has a built-in digital display.
If you need to get temporary power to your home while construction is going on, you could contact your local power company and see if they offer any specials. They may be able to hook you up with an average cost meter that will allow you to get power for the duration of construction. They’ll charge you at a discount for using their service though. It’s a great idea to talk to your power company because they may also be able to help you get temporary electricity during the construction process. After the job is done, they may offer you a standard rate to keep you off the grid.