Don’t Believe This Electrical Panel Myth

We stumbled onto an online discussion in which a homeowner claimed his monthly electric bill dropped 30 percent after he installed a new circuit breaker panel.

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We stumbled onto an online discussion in which a homeowner claimed his monthly electric bill dropped 30 percent after he installed a new circuit breaker panel. This seemed unlikely, so we contacted master electrician and inspector John Williamson to get his take.

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“In theory, simply installing a new electrical panel wouldnt result in any energy savings because an electrical panel doesnt normally impose a load on the electrical system,” says John. “The panel itself doesnt consume power. That said, I suppose an old panel could be in bad condition, with many loose or corroded connections, which may cause a resistance to current flow and create wasted power in the form of heat. But a 30 percent reduction in one’s electrical bill doesn’t seem plausible.”

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Brad Holden
Brad Holden, an associate editor at The Family Handyman, has been building cabinets and furniture for 30 years. In that time, he has absorbed so many slivers and ingested so much sawdust that he's practically made of wood.