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How does the grid connect to your home in QLD?

    If you’ve ever wondered how electricity gets to your house in Queensland (QLD), you’re not alone. Understanding the process behind the grid connection can be valuable knowledge for homeowners. In this article, we will look closer at how the grid connects to your house in QLD, ensuring a safe and reliable electricity supply.

    Let’s explore the power line that connects your house to the grid, known as the electricity service line. It runs from the power pole, typically located on the nature strip of the street close to your property. The electricity service line transmits electricity from the grid to your home.

    In QLD, electricity distribution companies such as Energex and Ergon maintain the infrastructure that connects your house to the grid. They ensure the safe and efficient transmission of electricity to all residential and commercial properties.

    Typically, two major types of connections are available to connect the service line from the grid to the premises.

    • Overhead service line connection
    • Underground service line connection

    Overhead service line:

    The overhead service line is supported by wooden poles/concrete poles/steel poles, depending on the setup in your area. Generally, older homes have overhead service lines, and newer estates have underground service. The power pole belongs to the distribution company (Energex/Ergon) and is maintained by them. The image below shows an old suburban home where underground service lines don’t exist. The blue line represents the property owner’s responsibility and the red line is the responsibility of Energex/Ergon.

    Grid Connect Urban Service Line

    In some cases, the house has a private power pole installed inside the property boundary because the house is too far from the street. The extra pole/poles are needed to reduce the sag on the service line. You may need more than one private property pole, depending on the distance. This is usually a rural home. Private poles need to be maintained by the owner. You will need to engage a private electrical contractor if there is an issue with the private poles or the service line inside your property. These lines rarely have any problems. Severe storms could damage them, and you may need to call your local electrician.

    Grid Connect Rural Service Line

    Below is another image showing an overhead service line supplying power to an apartment block. This is also how the AUSINET building gets its power, as it has multiple commercial sheds under one roof.

    Grid Connect Apartment Service Line

    Underground service line:

    Underground service cables are seen in newer suburbs. They look tidy compared to overhead service lines. They are much safer as there is less chance of trucks running into them. These cables are laid beneath the ground, connecting your house to the grid. This underground connection is often facilitated through green service pillars. Enclosed inside these service pillars is a service fuse to protect the service line. The image below shows an underground service line. The blue line represents the property owner’s responsibility, and the Red line is the responsibility of Energex/Ergon.

    Grid Connect Home Underground Service Line

    Below is another image of an apartment complex fed by an underground line.

    Grid Connect Apartment Underground Service Line

    Whether your electricity service line is overhead or underground, it is essential to be aware of safety precautions around them. You should always keep a safe distance from power lines and report any issues or concerns to your local electricity distribution company. They have a dedicated team of professionals who are well-equipped to handle all maintenance issues or emergencies.

    Sometimes, you may need to engage the distribution company to disconnect or reconnect your electricity service line for renovations, repairs, or a change in property ownership. It is recommended to seek professional assistance to ensure the process is carried out safely and in compliance with regulations. To learn more about electrical safety visit the Electrical Safety office QLD. To become an Electrician contact Ausinet. If you are an electrician and interested in becoming an electrical contractor contact the Ausinet office for more information by clicking the link.

    Published: 06/06/2024