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    If you’re expanding your home and adding square footage, electricity consumption needs to be closely evaluated. Here is some of what you should know before you start!

    remodeling & renovation

    Lifetime

    Whether by choice or by need, homeowners all reach a point where we remodel and renovate our homes. Particularly in towns like Seattle and Tacoma, where there are a lot of old, historic homes, remodeling is often a need. When remodeling your home, one of the most important considerations is your electrical system. Particularly if you’re expanding your home and adding square footage, electricity consumption needs to be closely evaluated. Here is some of what you should know before you start!

    Take Inventory

    Before you start your remodel, take an inventory of your energy consumption. You can do this by checking your electrical billing statements which will have your wattage. You’ll first want to take an entire year’s worth and compare them as energy consumption changes with the seasons. Next, compare years past to see how much more energy you use now compared to years ago. Do this by comparing months. This January, compared to the January of last year, and five years ago, etc. We expect it’s gone up! This way you can plan for the future as your energy use continues to grow. Note that energy use tends to grow exponentially, not linearly!

    Adding Square Footage: Electricity Consumption

    A big consideration in renovating your home or office is the additional energy consumption you’ll use. More square footage means more light, more heat, and more air filtration. These costs vary, but we can estimate. For office buildings, annual energy consumption averages around $1.69 per square foot. In Washington state specifically, residential homes average around $0.60 per square foot annually, significantly less than commercial buildings. Let’s assume that you’re adding an additional 500 square feet to your home. In this case, you can expect to see an increase of roughly $300 per year in electric bills. A more accurate estimate, however, will be found using the electricity inventory you previously took. It’s also important to note that many utility companies in Washington use tiered costs for power. The more you use, the higher amount you will end up paying per kilowatt. Therefore, that $300 may increase significantly depending on your usage. Before the remodel, make sure you speak with an electrical contractor about your total added energy consumption so that you can estimate your monthly costs.

    Electrical System Renovations

    One of the advantages of remodeling is that it presents a great opportunity to inspect your home’s internal systems. Depending on your home’s age, the wiring may have not been checked for some time. Old, corroded wiring is one of the biggest safety and fire hazards in your home. As technology advances and our homes become smarter, our electrical needs grow. Old wiring sometimes just cannot keep up. Renovations are a great opportunity to have your entire home rewired! Not only will you keep your home safe, but you’ll be updated for your current and future electrical needs. 

    If you’re on the cusp of a remodel and haven’t thought about your electrical or HVAC needs, we’d love to help you out! Start by checking our promotions page as we offer discounts to those who serve our community and country. Contact our team with questions or to see how we can help. We’d be honored!

    What Our Customers Say

    Lifetime
    Business responded quickly to my inquiry for service (thanks Renee!). Bobby arrived on time, explained everything he was doing, was quick, efficient and stuck to their quote, which was very reasonable BTW. I'm scheduling them for more services and wouldn't hesitate referring them to anyone.UPDATE! we had Lifetime return for dryer duct and vent cleaning, then for AC maintenance. Very happy both times and will continue to use their services. 5 thumbs up!👍👍👍👍👍
    Laurie Hunt
    19:28 26 May 21
    What a great company filled with friendly, yet professional people who care about your job from the beginning to end. It starts with Renee who schedules the team to come out. The installers, Nick and Beau were excellent in checking in and communicating every step throughout the day. Electricians Tony and Alex had challenges with our system, but figured it out and voila! We have nice, cool, fresh air filling up our food bank!Then, here came David a few days later to service our furnace. Another excellent employee. We purchased the Premier Club Maintenance Plan and thrilled that we did!
    Elizabeth Grant
    00:28 01 Sep 21
    Installed split level AC + air purifier. Everyone here was a pro and eager to just get things done. Lemme call out Tony, Alex, Ash, Jaeden, Rudy, Renee as all being top notch people to work with.I tried to tip them, but they wouldn't even accept it. I have been absolutely impressed with their service, as well as just being all around good folks.Oh, and the AC / purifier works great. I'm ready for the heatwaves and wildfire smoke next Summer!
    Derek Cook
    17:23 04 Oct 21
    Nick, Beau & Tony did a great job installing our new AC & Furnace. Very professional, friendly & quick install. Nick had quite a job in such a tight space & did a terrific job. Beau even fixed a ducting problem after a previous contractor did a shoddy job. We so Appreciated their attention to detail. Great, professional, informative & fun team & we felt totally confident in their ability. We will definitely recommend them to friends who are looking for new AC. They even installed a much better & easier to use thermostat, set it up for our schedule. And the AC is so cool! Thanks Nick, Beau. & Tony.
    Debbie Osterbeck
    03:50 14 Aug 21
    We called this company based off all the amazing google reviews and when we met with the company, we instantly knew we contacted the right people. They got us in for an estimate early, they scheduled us for our install the very next week (mind you it’s middle of summer when AC is WA is in high demand). The estimate was straight forward and they also looked into a few other heating questions we had regarding our home that was built a couple years that we think the builder didn’t install the best way.. I could go on and on. This seems like such a great company that truly cares about their people and their customers. We are excited to CHILL in our new AC that will be installed by this amazing company. 🙂 we have our install next week and I will submit another review after but let me tell you, from this point, we have had a great experience!! We worked with Robert who gave us our estimate and he is awesome!!
    Samantha Kinsella
    18:29 11 Aug 21
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