Step 6 of 8: Planning a knock-down & rebuild – Power Supply
These days, new home builds are connected to underground power, instead of the ugly overhead powerlines that line the streets in older neighbourhoods.
You’ll notice power lines are missing in all new housing estates, and while they may still be present and in use in your area, slowly, overhead lines are being phased out and replaced with underground electricity – which makes for a far prettier, and safer streetscape.
In many established areas, and as an ongoing project across the country that will continue for years to come, local councils are notifying ratepayers of their intention to commence the transition to underground power and homeowners are required to produce the funds to pay for the transition.
We tell you this because one way or another, whether you want to or not, you’ll end up having to install and connect to an underground electricity source anyway, so it may as well be now.
Your existing dwelling will have overhead power which will be abolished prior to demolition, and you’ll need to arrange the installation of an underground electricity pit. This process can be lengthy but can be commenced prior to the demolition of the existing home.
How to arrange installation:
- Contact your electricity provider for an application form.
- Once returned, you’ll receive a quote which is usually valid for 30 days.
- Payment is required in full before the quote expires and before works can commence.
- Once paid, your electricity pit will be installed approximately 28 days later.
- Once installed, your electricity pit can take up to 21 days to be energised (made live).
So, this process can take anywhere from 60-90 days, depending on how quickly you pay for the works. You’ll want to have this completed ahead of construction commencing.
The benefits of underground power:
Improved public safety: by removing poles there are fewer car collisions, which continue to be a factor in a large number of accidents and deaths Australia-wide.
Improved reliability: underground power results in fewer disruptions and outages after major storm events.
Improved street appearance: No power lines create a more aesthetically pleasing neighbourhood.
Increased property value: There is strong evidence showing a positive impact on property values after the removal of poles and wires.
Reduction in tree pruning: no more monitoring of trees getting in the way of live wires. Councils save on maintenance, while also allowing the tree canopy to flourish.
Lower costs: underground power has minimal maintenance and operating costs.
Improved opportunity for emerging technologies: helps pave the way for innovation through energy trading, electric vehicle penetration and Smart City strategies.