Home > Building > Best Electrical Meter and Panel Location Building Posted on: August 07, 2012 Best Electrical Meter and Panel Location By Tim Garrison Details 1. Meter Locate the meter as far from the curb and as close to the main electrical panel as possible. Generally, the power provider pays for the cable from street to meter, but some limit the meter’s distance from the front of the house to one-third the total depth of the building. 2. Panel Locate the panel as close to heavy load centers—e.g. kitchen and utility rooms—as possible. This minimizes the need for expensive, high-capacity cables. Be aware of the many rules concerning panel location, such as a 15-foot max unfused run from meter; 3-foot minimum front, and 30-inch minimum side clearances; and panels may not be situated in a closet. 3. Efficiency Tips Carefully design the system before-hand to minimize the number and lengths of runs. Leaving this to field electricians almost guarantees inefficiency. Use 1,000-foot rolls of Romex rather than smaller boxed lengths. Consider pre-fabricating circuits in the shop with less expensive labor. Advance planning on where to place the electrical meter and panel can save money in more efficient use of electrical cable and an electrician’s time.