An electrical connection to the garden adds a new level of usefulness and comfort as well as improving security. A constant electrical source in the garden is ideal if you’re looking to add some flare to the backyard garden with a fountain, speakers, and a projector for a party or extra lighting to run along footpaths or beside stools.
These are some of the easiest ways to get electricity to a garden.
Solar Panels and Batteries
An environmentally friendly option for getting electricity to the garden will be through investing in an array of solar panels paired with rechargeable batteries. This creates a near-constant source of free electricity for garden lights and other accessories.
Keep in mind that depending on the size of your solar panels and your battery’s voltage output you might not be able to power everything you want it to. These solar solutions are fantastic for lower electricity use, but if you want to power other appliances, tools and more then it’s best to consider a generator.
If you’re looking for a solution a little more permanent then it might be a good idea to consider a generator. This way, when the time comes to switch on all of your garden lighting and other accessories like pool lighting, outdoor speakers and more, you’ll be able to start your generator and solve the problem. There’s very little that a generator can’t power in the garden and that means you’ll have no cap on what you could do. Consider smaller, more portable generators because they are easier to conceal and run quietly.
Temporary Extension Cords
One of the easiest, quick fixes to getting electricity in the garden is running an extension cord form the house to whatever you need to be powered in the garden. Whether it’s a temporary water feature, lighting, bug zapper or just about anything else, an extension cord should do the trick on a temporary basis. Just be sure to use more heavy duty extension cords that are rated for outdoor use and are suitable for appliances or tools that require higher amperages.
It’s important to remember that an extension cord isn’t designed to be a permanent solution. Be sure to use them only in dry weather and make absolutely certain no children or pets will be able to make contact with it.
Permanent Underground Electrical Lines
Here’s where things get a little more professional. A more costly, but longer lasting solution to getting electricity into the garden is to have permanent underground electrical lines installed. These will be connected to the main power from your home and buried under the yard or any concrete footpaths. This connection will mean the electricity is always available when you need it, however, you might have to forgo any future construction projects in the yard if due to the electrical lines.
Keep in mind that in order to do this safely and in compliance with local codes you’ll need to get the proper permits and hire a professional to do the installation.