Some builders choose to have the electrical meters set by the utility company, and power turned on for tract houses and condominiums…at the completion of each phase of the construction…during the sales and occupancy period.

The electrical utility service is kept at the minimum “show and clean” rate…meaning that the electrical demand is anticipated to be limited to lighting for the showing of the units to homebuyers and periodic cleaning.

Immediately after installing the electrical meters and power being turned on, the homebuilder should walk each unit to check for lights, bath fans, appliances, and air-conditioning newly installed during the construction…and left with their switches in the “on” position.

Checking will prevent these items from running continuously until someone finally enters the units days later and notices this condition.