Skip the Gas Station and Save Money
‘Fuel’ your vehicle at home
It’s raining outside. The wind is howling. You get into your vehicle, turn on the ignition and your tank is almost empty. Ugh! Pumping gas at 6:30 a.m. in a downpour is no way to start the day.
Did you know you can skip the gas station if you go electric? Charge your electric vehicle at home, and you’ll have a full “tank” every morning. Plus, you’ll pay less to fill up.
How do I charge at home?
- You can plug into a 110-volt outlet, also known as Level 1 charging. Level 1 charging provides about 2 to 5 miles of range per hour. This is an option for some drivers, but you may want to consider Level 2 charging, particularly if you have an all-electric vehicle.
- Have a licensed electrician install a Level 2 charging station, which will charge your vehicle about six times faster than a standard outlet. Level 2 charging stations require 200-amp house service and a 240-volt, 40-amp circuit in your garage. The electrician can give you an estimate. Thinking about installing a station? Here’s some advice from a local electrician.
- Sign up for Charge@Home. MGE will install a Level 2 ChargePoint charging station for about $20 per month ($0.64/day) plus the cost of electricity. There are no up-front costs! MGE coordinates the installation and takes care of maintenance and repairs.
If you live in an apartment, many property owners are installing charging stations for residents. Abodo.com provides information about available chargers at local apartments.
How much does it cost to charge at home?
You pay about $1.20 per gallon to “fuel” with electricity. Pay even less for electricity by signing up for MGE’s Shift & Save rate. With Shift & Save, you could save up to 40% on home charging costs by switching your EV charging and other household electric use to nights and weekends – when fewer people are using electricity. It’s easy to program your ChargePoint station to take advantage of lower electricity rates.
Charging at home is easy and saves you money. Skip the gas station and go electric!
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Until next time,