The Costs Involved in Charging Your EV at Home
With gas prices continuing to increase, many De Soto drivers are looking to electric vehicles to provide their daily transportation. Given the higher upfront cost of most electric cars, though, it’s important to consider the ongoing cost of running an electric vehicle before you commit to putting one in your garage. After reading this explanation from De Soto Electrical Products, you’ll feel more confident in your decision of whether or not to take the plunge into the world of electric vehicles.
Consider Your Driving Habits
One big factor that determines how much you’ll pay to charge an electric car is your driving habits. If you drive long distances and require a full charge, it will cost you a lot more to charge your electric vehicle compared to if you only take short trips around town. The timing of your drives may also contribute to the cost of charging. In some cities, it costs more to use electricity during the day than it does at night. If you can charge your vehicle at night, you may be able to reduce your utility costs.
Think Through Electricity Costs
The other side of the charging cost equation is the cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity. To find this cost, all you need to do is take a look at your electric bill to find the formula your utility company uses to charge you for electricity. Once you understand the cost of electricity and the number of miles you drive in a month, all you have to do is multiply the number of miles per month by three to account for the energy used by your electric vehicle. Then, multiply that number by the cost per kilowatt-hour of electricity to find your expected energy cost.
If you want to save on energy costs, De Soto Electrical Products has another recommendation: solar panels. By charging your electric vehicle with solar panels, you can reduce your monthly utility bill and reduce the environmental impact of your electric vehicle. A large solar array will allow you to power some or all of your house with solar power, as well, meaning that you may be able to eliminate your electric bill altogether.
On the Cutting Edge
At De Soto Electrical Products, we take pride in staying on the cutting edge of technology. We can install the latest models of backup generators to help keep your home powered when bad weather moves in. We can also repair air conditioners, maintain furnaces, and install thermostats. Our customers continue to leave us five-star reviews because of our commitment to excellence. To learn more about charging your electric vehicle, contact us at De Soto Electrical Products today.