Find an electrician who knows and understands older buildings.
Working in older buildings is a complex, demanding, and difficult process.8.
Today power flows from many more sources—including rooftop solar, wind power, and battery storage—and the grid needs to catch up to the progress we've made.
This is especially crucial as renewable energy continues to boom and solar and wind power grow rapidly across the country.
Do an "electrical inventory," creating a list of all the devices you’ll be using in the house, and where.
Your electrical system needs to match your needs; figuring out where and how you’ll be using power makes it easier to frame the parameters of the job.2. Codes set standards for everything from how many outlets you’ll put in each room to what kind of wire you’ll be using.
A modernized grid is flexible enough to manage the variability of wind and solar resources, and to connect sources of high renewable generation potential—like windy and sunny areas—to locations of high energy demand, like population and industry centers.
A flexible, modern system must also be able to accommodate more local sources of power—like rooftop solar and battery storage—and increasing numbers of electric vehicles.(Photo: Jon Crispin) Computers, blenders, TVs, even refrigerators—none of these existed when many historic homes were built and first wired.So upgrading electrical systems is an essential task for a lot of old houses.The electricity grid transmits power generated at a variety of locations and distributes it to end users—like you! It provides electricity to buildings, industrial facilities, schools, and homes. Our current grid was built decades ago and was designed primarily for transmitting electricity from large, centralized power plants, most of which use dirty sources like coal and natural gas.And it does so every minute of every day, year-round. Now new technologies are making this approach to electricity transmission—and its supporting infrastructure—increasingly outdated.Modern wiring doesn’t just carry electricity, and wireless systems are getting increasingly cheaper and more sophisticated.4. Once you’ve done your initial homework, sit down and create a punch list that focuses on what you want done and when you want it completed; the list should be the basis of your relationship with your electrician.