Your shed can most likely have working electricity – improving the functionality and increasing the value of your home. Even though lights, heat, and outlets in your shed can help you out, running electricity to a shed can be a huge task. We will review the key factors to consider before installing electricity in your shed.
Check Your Area’s Zoning Regulations & Hazards
The first thing to consider before adding electricity to your shed is to determine your area’s zoning regulations. You will probably need a permit to install electricity in a shed. Having the necessary permit(s) can save you time and money once the project is done.
Beyond regulations, safety hazards are also a significant consideration. Working with live electricity is extremely hazardous, so consider contacting a trained professional for assistance. Saving several dollars is not worth the risk of permanent injury. In addition, hiring a professional will ensure the project is safely completed and meets adequate regulations.
Look Into the Different Options for Putting Power to a Shed
Moreover, one of the last things to consider is the type of electricity you will be using to power your shed. The three most common alternatives to choose from are:
- Generator: This is one of the easiest options; however, it’s essential not to put and operate the generator inside the shed. In addition, you’ll need to find storage for your generator when it is not running because exposing it to the natural elements can produce other risks to your property. Installing a generator in your shed is the most labor-intensive and expensive type of power to use.
- Solar Panels: You need to calculate your shed’s wattage hours demand to buy the right sized panels to satisfy your electricity needs. Also, solar panels rely on the sun to produce power, so their usefulness will depend on the location of your shed.
- Permanent Wiring: This option is the most reliable and safest one. Permanent wiring provides consistent power without the risks related to a generator or potential decreased solar power production. Keep in mind to contact a professional if you go with this option to save money and time.
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