If you’re building a new home or just upgrading your existing service, going underground is a great option and the prevailing choice for most homeowners in the Okanagan. In addition, it may be worth considering installing your electric power meter on a pedestal instead of the traditional location on the side of your home.
No one likes the ugly eyesore of the electrical meter on the side of their house (except us, we think they are just lovely!). With a meter pedestal, the eyesore can be located away from your home and thus increase its curb appeal.
If you have a large fenced and/or gated property, maintaining access for the utility company to read the meter can become problematic. If the gate is locked, as is the case with a power gate, then they may require a lock box or some other form of access. Even worse, they may require a right of way or easement for the underground portion that runs through your property. Remember: even though you have to pay for it all to be put in the ground to your house, the utility company owns everything right up to and INCLUDING the meter on your home. Some people do not like the idea of the power utility having legal access to their property.
If you are running underground a long distance over the property there may be a cost savings. Consider that with an underground service, you the customer, are responsible for all the excavation, conduit work, backfill, permitting etc. All of which will need to be hired out to a professional electrician among other trades.