Submitted by Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing
With electrification on the horizon, many cities including Burlington are buzzing with all the ways to “go green” as a homeowner. From new homes equipped with solar panels and energy-efficient heat pumps, to upgrading existing gas water heaters to electric on-demand units, there are many ways to contribute to this new movement.
One big leap we’re seeing is the switch from gas to electric cars. And with high prices at the gas pump, it’s no wonder. Gasoline can cost drivers double or more per year compared to a similar vehicle fueled by electricity—or an “eGallon”—a concept created by the Energy Department to help drivers understand the cost of driving an electric vehicle. According to Energy.gov, “if gasoline costs $3.60 a gallon and the eGallon price for your state is $1.20, that means that for $1.20 worth of electricity you can drive the same distance as you would for $3.60 worth of gasoline.” Want to look a little deeper? This EV Calculator takes your unique input, from miles driven to price per gallon, and compares it to the average cost per kilowatt hour in our state—instant results for savings you can see.
If you’re considering an electric vehicle, or have already made the switch, a vital part of owning one is having a proper means of charging it. While a basic wall-charging package will come with your vehicle, an easily accessible electric vehicle charging station (or EV charger) is a much more sophisticated and effective option. With a 240-volt, 40-amp circuit, an EV charger is specifically designed to charge your vehicle fast, without overheating your car’s battery. The most powerful options can fully charge your vehicle in just 10 to 30 minutes and give you 250 or more miles per charge for ultimate flexibility.
As powerful as they are convenient, it’s important to work with a professional you can trust to install an EV charger at your home. And the experienced electricians at Barron Heating AC Electrical & Plumbing are just that. The Barron Electrical team will assess the electrical panel in your home to see if it can support the capacity of a charging station and help you find an ideal location for the charger. You can be confident that both your house and vehicle will be taken care of and kept to code with your safety in mind.
The reliability of electricity can be an area of apprehension for some, especially as the seasons change. Having a dead car battery if the power goes out during a winter storm is a real concern, but one that can be easily avoided. A Barron WholeHome generator is a perfect pairing for an EV charger, as it provides emergency backup power to keep your home’s lights, heat, water, refrigerator, and yes—electric vehicle charger on, no matter what the weather brings. Can you imagine trying to choose between your refrigerator, car, or heater on a cold winter night? Unlike more inexpensive portable units, WholeHome generators can support your entire house, not just a couple of appliances. Automatically powering on and off as needed, all of your property’s systems will be safely and seamlessly powered and supported, regardless of the time of day or if you are away from your home.
So turn off the weather report this fall and relax! With a self-sufficient home, your family will be prepared regardless of price surges at the gas pump or storms that take out the grid. If going electric is right for you, we’d love to help make it happen—call our certified electricians at Barron Electrical to have a powerful electric vehicle charger installed at your home. And ask how you can save up to $1,000 on a WholeHome generator! Our team of experts are ready to help. As your Pacific Northwest home and building performance experts since 1972, we stand by Our Mission: Improving Lives.