Wire your home for electrification

Whether you’re electrifying one appliance or all of them, you’ll likely need an electrician to pre-wire your home. With some planning, most homes can electrify everything in their home on their existing panel.

Why do it?

Switching from fossil fuel appliances to electric appliances will increase the amount of electricity you use to run your home, and many will require a new electrical circuit.


Before you start any home electrification projects, to save you time and money.

Who is this for?


Project at a Glance

Panel upgrade upfront cost


Wiring upfront cost

$800–$1,500 per circuit


Hard, hire an electrician


Enables all other electrification projects

Our Takeaway

Planning ahead for electrification and doing electrical work upfront can make electrification faster, easier, and cheaper for you.

Rebates and Credits

Electrical panel rebate

Available late 2023

Up to $4,000

Electrical panel tax credit

Available now!

30%, up to $600

Upgrade your home

This summer, we’re launching a free tool to help you electrify your home. Get personalized tips, step-by-step instructions, money savings advice, and more. Home electrification made simple.

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Project Guide

1. Figure out which electrification projects you want to complete

Make a list of the electrification projects you want to complete. If any of these projects involve switching from a fossil fuel appliance to an electric appliance, you will likely need a new circuit. If you are switching from electric resistance to a heat pump (e.g. for your water heater), you likely already have the circuit you need for the project.

You can usually find your panel size by looking at the number on your main breaker (the big switch at the top of your electrical panel). Read How to determine your panel size for a step-by-step guide to finding your panel size, or consult with your electrician.

If you have a panel that is 150 Amps or greater, you can usually electrify without an upgrade and without careful planning. If you have a panel that is less than 100 Amps, we recommend that you upgrade your panel. If you have a panel that is 100–150 Amps, check out our Pros and cons of a panel upgrade guide and determine if you want to electrify on your existing panel.

Particularly if you want to electrify on a smaller panel, it’s important to make a plan and to stick with it! Use our How to electrify on a 100 Amp panel guide to figure out what appliances you will use to electrify.

Get at least three quotes if you want to save money! You can find a list of the circuits that you need for electrification in our How to wire your home for electrification guide.

Make sure you discuss the following things with your electrician: 

  • The pros and cons of pre-wiring for these electrification projects all at once, versus doing the wiring for each project individually 

  • Whether you can electrify on your existing panel


What are smart panels?

Smart panels manage electricity distribution in your home. They can pause unnecessary circuits to avoid overloading your panel and allow you to use smartphone or computer apps to monitor your electricity usage. They are also great if you have a home battery system, since they allow you to choose which circuits stay on in a power outage to maximize your backup power. Read more about smart panels here.

Usually, yes. It just requires making some smart choices about which appliances you install or using circuit-sharing devices. Read our article about How to electrify on a 100 Amp panel and consult with your electrician for details.

You can easily pre-wire for your EV charger, heat pump water heater, clothes dryer, and stove/range. We don’t recommend pre-wiring for your heat pump, because you won’t know the exact type of circuit you need until you pick a heat pump with the help of your HVAC contractor. Read our article about How to wire your home for electrification for details.

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