Electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t just the future, they’re also the present. The Edison Electric Institute reports the transition to EVs is well underway, with more than one million EVs currently on U.S. roads. The EEI projects that the next million EVs will be on U.S. roads by early 2021, and could reach more than 18 million by 2030. That’s going to take a lot of charging stations!

If you are getting ready to buy your first electric vehicle (or have recently purchased one), you may wonder about charging your EV at home. The notion of charging your vehicle from the comfort of your own home might seem too good to be true, but it’s well within reach. Home charging stations are a welcome alternative to public charging stations: they’re less expensive, more convenient and completely safe to use when professionally installed. BelRed Energy Solutions has EV-certified electricians that are ready to help you set up your home EV charging station.

Rather than rely on a pay-per-charge sites at public stations, a home EV charging unit provides unlimited energy from the same source that keeps your house warm and your refrigerator cold: your utility company. Ultimately, any bump in your electric bill from home-charging is still offset by the money you save by not using public charging stations. 

Studies have shown that as much as 95% of electric vehicle charging is done at home. After home-charging, the workplace is the most common place charge up. Having chargers located in the places where you already spend the most time means your EV charges up while you’re either sleeping or working. The need for public charging is still vital, especially in a pinch, but home-charging will continue to be the backbone of EV infrastructure. 

Finding your own affordable home charging station is easy to do. Depending on the type of charger you opt for (Level 1 vs. Level 2 for example) the cost will change. Most EVs will come with a Level 1 charger when you purchase them, but they charge at slower speeds. Hiring an EV-certified electrician is vital for installation, especially if you purchase a Level 2 (240-volt) charger. Keep in mind that the EV charging equipment and the installation are separate costs. Over time, the investment will really pay off; charging at home, you avoid paying higher energy rates set by the third-party energy providers that run public charging stations. 

Ready to affordably and conveniently charge up your EV at home? Our professional, knowledgeable BelRed EV-certified technicians will provide peace of mind on the best installation plan for your home electric vehicle charging station. Leave it to the electrical experts and give BelRed a call at 855-345-6161 or schedule an appointment online today for all of your residential electrical services!