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Congratulations on doing your part to reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing an electric vehicle (EV). The perks of owning an electric or hybrid vehicle are many, including better mileage, a possible tax credit, and cleaner operation. One of the downsides is the availability of charging options, although, public vehicle charging stations are popping up in more places. Wouldn’t you enjoy the convenience of being able to juice up your car whenever you need to from the comfort of your own home? You’re in luck, there are many home EV chargers on the market today, so it’s simply a matter of determining what you need that falls within your budget.

Here are some reasons why you need a home EV charger:

Increase your property value

In today’s real estate market, an EV charger is an attractive perk.

Convenience

There is no need to seek out a public charging station and you can charge your vehicle any time of day or night in any type of weather.

Save money

It’s generally cheaper to charge your vehicle at home than at a public site.

Charge at your own pace

With a personal  EV charger, you can charge your vehicle at your leisure. If you want, you can save money by slowly charging your vehicle overnight.

Safety

A professionally installed home EV charger is definitely safer than just plugging into one of your household or garage outlets. From a security perspective, there is no risk of anybody accessing your personal financial information.

What to look for in a home EV charger:

Cord length

A 20-foot or longer cord is preferable, especially if you have a two-car garage.

Underwriters Laboratory (UL) or Electrical Testing Laboratories (ETL)

The seal approval from one of these laboratories means that the EV charger has undergone rigorous testing and evaluation of safety and performance.

The right amount of charge

If you tend to wait until the last minute to recharge, then you’ll need a more robust charger to deliver energy quickly; if you don’t mind waiting, then you will be satisfied with a less powerful model.

Nice, but not essential

WiFi capability is available with some at-home EV chargers. You can measure energy expenditures and costs. This would be particularly useful to an EV owner who is on a peak rate adjustment plan with their utility company.

For best results, installing an EV charger at your home isn’t a DIY project and should be left in the hands of a skilled professional. Safe Electric can install an EV Charging station in your home. Contact us at 614-267-4111 or use our online contact form to schedule an appointment with one of our licensed electricians to discuss your home EV charging needs and book an installation.