How To Choose Between An Overhead Or Underground Power Installation


If you are breaking ground on a new business property, or you are simply building your own home for your family to live in, then you have probably at least considered which method of delivery you want your power to come through. Overhead powerlines are very popular but underground can be safer and provides a valuable alternative in certain circumstances. You should always at least have a dialogue with your electrician about what they think would be best for your home, but it is a good idea to have a solid foundation of understanding for your own edification. Here are a few things to consider when trying to decide between overhead or underground power connections.  

Overhead Is Easier 

Not only are overhead power connections much cheaper to install because you do not need to do any drilling or digging at all, but they are also much cheaper to repair when things do go wrong. Locating a power fault in overhead power lines is much simpler and can save you a lot of hassle while also allowing you to get the power back on sooner. Many homes and businesses across Australia utilise overhead powerlines for exactly these reasons, so it is a tried and tested method.


Underground powerlines solve a few problems that your house might have that others do not. If you live in an area with a lot of trees that could threaten your powerline, then threading it underground is an easy solution. Underground powerlines are also less susceptible to problems like thunderstorms and are insulated from a lot of bad weather. They also provide a much cleaner look at the front of your property, which is why a lot of modern homes that may not even necessarily need underground powerlines utilise them all the same.

Gradual Opinion Shift

For a long time, overhead power lines have been the dominant method of connecting a building to the electrical grid, but that is changing. With dense streets and better technology and equipment, underground power lines are becoming more and more common. If you live somewhere more rural, with a lot of distance to the electrical grid, then an overhead power installation will almost always be the only feasible option, but otherwise, it really does come down to whether or not you want to spend a few extra bucks to hide your power connection beneath the surface. 

Contact an electric company to learn more about power installation.


18 August 2022

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