Round ‘n Round with Round Meters:

Many homes have flickering or dimming lights and other frequent power issues due to lack of amperage capacity and old wiring. Upgrading the meter base and electrical service will eliminate these problems and provide additional circuits that accommodate increase energy use.

How to tell what kind of meter you have:   

60 vs. 100 Amps

In order to know how powerful your meter is and/or if it meets the new code standards, you must look at its base. The meter base is the enclosure that houses an electric meter and keeps all the electrical connections and wires inside dry and protected from the elements. Some round meter bases are older and typically supply only 60 amps of power. The vast majority of modern meter bases are square or rectangular and deliver 100-200 amps of power, which is what a modern home require. If your home has a round meter, it may need to be upgraded prior to a sale or purchase to meet new insurance standards,lending requirements, and consumer power usage.

Did you know?

1. Most insurance companies and lenders will not cover homes with a round meter socket with a 60 amp service.

2. Some round meters are marked as 100 amps but are often only 60 amps. Only a licensed electrician can determine if the meter and system has the proper amperage.

3. Power companies are only responsible for supplying the meter to your home and the power to it. The home owner is responsible for all the equipment from the point of attachment onward.

We Could All Use an Energy Boost Home Energy Assessments

Energy costs continue to rise despite advances in technology. Whether you’re already settled into a home or are buying one, understanding its enenergy auditergy performance is more critical than ever. Getting an Energy Audit will improve your home’s use of energy, reduce costs, and increase your comfort and enjoyment of your home as well.


If you are in the market to sell a home, an Energy Audit will create a market advantage.

Why should I get an Energy Audit?

An energy audit can pinpoint where a home is losing energy, determine the efficiency of a home’s heating and cooling systems, and illustrate cost-effective improvements that will conserve electricity and improve performance.  Moreover, Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program also provides rebates and tax incentives when you make certain improvements.


Your auditor should be  HERS (Home Energy Rating System)certified and preferably registered with RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network.)

What to have for the auditor visit:

  • Make a list of any existing problems such as condensation, uncomfortable or drafty rooms, or ice damning etc.
  • Have copies or a summary of the home’s yearly energy bills.
  • Have a list of any repairs you’ve made to your home and contractor receipts showing the materials utilized.

What happens in an Energy Audit

The auditor will first examine the outside of the home to determine its size and its features (i.e., wall area, number and size of windows.)

Then they’ll ask questions which are meant to analyze usage based on your residential behavior. For example:

  • Is anyone home during working hours?
  • What is the average thermostat setting for summer and winter?
  • How many people live here?
  • Is every room in use?

These answers may uncover simple ways to reduce your household’s energy consumption.  Don’t be afraid to walk through the home with the auditors as they work, and ask questions.

Areas they examine the most are:

  • Lighting (types of lights and bulb)
  • HVAC (Heating, Cooling and Ventilation)
  • Insulation or Air Seating
  • Electronics (e.g. computers, gaming systems, cable boxes, and TV)
  • Appliances (i.e. refrigerator, freezer, washer, dryer, over/stove, microwave, dishwasher,
  • Plumbing  (e.g. water heaters)
  • Structural Improvements

Start Saving NOW! — There is no better time than now to get an Energy Audit.