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Electric meters

I'm looking to have a separate electric service installed on my garage. It is easier to install a new service then to upgrade the service to the house and then run a sub panel in the garage.
My question is is there an additional monthly charge per meter or is it total usage per account/address?

created by jhop on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:34:50 pm     Home     Comments: 7

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additional info, this is a residential account and i live in toledo.

posted by jhop on Mar 30, 2012 at 10:36:22 pm     #  

Not sure but might have to have its own address for a separate meter. It would be easier to add a new service to garage if they will do it. But maybe its time to upgrade the service in the home regardless. I assume you have 100 amp or less service in the house new standard is 200amp service.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 31, 2012 at 04:03:52 am     #  

If I understand correctly you have an existing electric service/edison meter on the house and want a separate service/meter on the garage?

You can have 2 services/2 meters in certain situations, although I doubt a residential address would meet them. Google article 230.2 NEC (national electrical code).

You're more likely looking at running a sub panel to the garage from the existing house service.

posted by Bruno on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:36:48 am     #  

As I understand it, if you get a separate meter, they will consider it a "business" and charge you business rates which are higher.

posted by hockeyfan on Mar 31, 2012 at 11:30:43 am     #  

Bruno,
i forgot to mention this is a detatched garage.
Currently the house has a 100 amp service i want to avoid upgrading the house to 200 amp just to run a 60A sub panel in the garage. i would have to tear up a bunch of concrete to dig a trench from the house to tha garage.

posted by jhop on Mar 31, 2012 at 12:04:56 pm     #  

Call a contractor and have them look at it and give an estimate. Always more than one way to do things....it may be less of a headache than you think.

It's very doubtful edison would allow a 2nd service just for the garage, and if they did it would be cost prohibitive vs tearing out some concrete.

posted by Bruno on Mar 31, 2012 at 02:04:36 pm     #  

Pretty sure you can do overhead live with a weather head on the garage and still be in code. They do make a 125A service, not sure its enough for 60A in the garage.

posted by Linecrosser on Mar 31, 2012 at 08:27:42 pm     #