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Electrical Services, Meters, Disconnects, and Panels

This sections deals with electrical services and its many parts. This is a breakdown of electrical parts that make up an electrical service. They include meters, disconnects, panels, and associated parts.

What are Line And Load Connections?
Line and load refers the power connections coming into or out of electrical devices in the scheme of your electrical system. You see, the incoming feed from the utility company comes into the line side of an electric meter. It leaves the meter from the load side and then feeds the line side of a disconnect or electrical panel.

What are Sub-panels?
Sub-panels are electrical panels, of a smaller size than the main service, that are used to extend a feed for multiple branch circuits to another area or building a great distance away from the main panel.

What is a Circuit Breaker Panel?
An electrical circuit breaker panel is the main distribution point for electrical circuits in your home. It usually provides between 100 and 200 amps of power to your home, depending on your home’s load demand. Power comes in to your home from the utility company, through a service entrance. It flows through an electrical meter, through an electrical disconnect and then to the main breaker in your electrical panel.

What's Hiding Behind An Electric Meter?
Have you ever wondered what is behind an electric meter and how it is wired? It houses a center neutral buss bar and two hot wire connection points for the incoming and outgoing electric meter connections.

Electrical Distribution From Then To Now
Electrical distribution in your home has changed over the years and here's a look how far we have come.

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