Should I Choose Underground or Overhead Power for My Home?

Did you know there are different methods of installing the power lines that carry electricity to your home? Overhead and underground. 

So, why aren’t all power lines installed using the underground construction method? Is one method better than the other? We’re here to shed some light (get it?) on power lines!

Underground Power

Underground power is what it sounds like – power lines run under the ground! It’s arguably the more aesthetically pleasing option of the two, since there’s nothing visible. There are no electrical masts or conduits connected to the upper portion of the house, and no overhead lines from the street.  

Underground power also requires less maintenance, since there is no need to trim back any trees or bushes around the overhead lines. 

However, it can also be significantly more expensive than overhead.

Overhead Power

Overhead power is also exactly what it sounds like – power lines run via poles, above the ground. Think: the power lines you see down the road, and probably what you think of when you hear the words “power line”. 

Overhead power can be a lot cheaper than underground, but can also be susceptible to damage from storms, trees, etc.

What’s the cost difference?

The cost difference really depends on the length of the run of power, as well as the overall distance from the street to the house. Nova Scotia Power will cover a certain number of feet and a few poles for overhead lines, but only offer a small credit for underground. 

Are there any requirements?

Usually, underground power is required for certain subdivisions, where the peripheral transformers are all underground. There are sometimes situations where Nova Scotia Power runs overhead to a pole on the property, and we can go underground from there.

If you have any more questions on this, please get in touch. When it comes time to build your home, we’re here to help with these types of decisions and more!