How many downlights is too many??
Often overlooked by the more exciting aspects of building and renovating, the design of your electrical plan is actually one of the key steps in ensuring your new home will be as comfortable and efficient as possible.
Electrical safety tips for your home
In this appliance and computer-driven age, home electricity usage is at an all-time high. Here's how to keep things safe with simple electrical safety tips. Follow these key electrical safety tips and your home will be safe as houses (perhaps with the help of a professional electrical contractor too!):
LED kitchen lights are a stylish alternative
Are LEDs the 'green' solution to future lighting? They're certainly the new front runners in feature kitchen lighting and offer energy-saving benefits too.
Placing power points in the kitchen
With all those shiny new electrical appliances jostling for prime benchtop space in a kitchen renovation, correct power-point placement is far from a haphazard art. Careful planning is paramount. Electrician Craig Degruyter says that when you begin thinking about a kitchen renovation you should start with placing power points for the three main kitchen appliances - the microwave, dishwasher and rangehood. "Quite often, there's also a power point near the pantry for a kettle and toaster. Then there are generally two or three double power points above the benchtops for general use, depending on the size of the kitchen. It's a good idea to put a power point on the side of an island bench, too, so you have the flexibility to use any appliances you wish."
Rewiring your home with an electrical contractor
If you live in an old house, you may need to think about rewiring your home. With the advice of an electrical contractor, the safety of your family may not be compromised.
Are some electricians more specialised than others – how do I choose?
Although all electricians are trained in the same knowledge base, they often become specialised in different areas. They are required to constantly update their knowledge to keep up with developments and they may also opt to undertake further study at the end of their apprenticeship to further advance them in their chosen specialty. Knowing the difference between the different services offered by electricians will help you decide which electrician is suitable for your job.
Benefits of getting solar/photovoltaic panels
With the ever increasing costs of energy and the continuing talk of global warming, many households are turning to, or considering turning to, photovoltaic panels for solar energy. While reducing electricity costs by as much as 60% is an obvious benefit, there are many other benefits that you may not be aware of.
Common safety and fire risks faulty wiring and appliances represent
Providing a safe home environment for our family is essential. While some safety and fire hazards are easy for us to identify, others are unseen and can only be detected by a professional. Faulty appliances and wiring can be like time bombs ticking away silently, so all possible precautions should be taken to make sure you are not at risk.
Different accreditations/qualifications/standards for electricians
Choosing an electrician from the many who advertise their services can seem daunting. How do you know whether an electrician is qualified and trustworthy? How do you gauge their experience and suitability for your job? There are a number of accreditations, qualifications and standards for electricians that will help you find one that suits your requirements.
My safety switch keeps going off – is it an appliance causing the fault?
It is essential that our homes are safe for ourselves, our children and our visitors. When a safety switch continually trips off after being reset, it could indicate that there is a faulty appliance, a fault in the wiring or it may just be an issue with the switch itself. There are a few simple steps you can take yourself to help determine the problem.
Safety switches - how they work and how to tell a house is fitted with one
Providing a safe environment in our homes is always a top priority. Safety switches are an inexpensive and simple way to protect your family against electric shock. Many deaths and injuries could be prevented each year if safety switches were installed in all homes.
Top 5 things to look for when choosing an electrician
When having any sort of work done around our home, we always want to make sure we get quality work done at the right price. Choosing a tradesman can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Below are the top 5 things to look for when choosing an electrician.
Top 5 common reasons a safety switch goes off
The safety of our family and our homes is always of primary concern. Making sure there is a safety switch installed is an easy and inexpensive way of reducing safety risks within the home. Safety switches are very effective at preventing injury or death caused by electric shock. They should be tested regularly to make sure they are in working order. A safety switch works by detecting tiny differences in current through electrical wiring, indicating that electricity is leaking to earth. The safety switch then shuts off the electricity supply in a fraction of a second preventing potentially fatal electric shock. There are several reasons why a safety switch may be tripped. The 5 most common reasons are:
How calling in an electrician may save money on your power bills
The cost of electricity has risen sharply, so trying to reduce the amount of power we use has taken on more importance. Calling in an electrician to evaluate your home’s energy efficiency can end up saving you money and reduce your carbon footprint at the same time.
How can I ensure that I get a competitive quote from an electrician?
If you have an urgent need of electrical repairs, you will likely engage the electrician who is able to carry out the work at the earliest opportunity. However, for non-essential electrical services, you can save money by requesting quotations from more than one tradesman and comparing the charges.
Emergency electrical services – will it cost me a lot more?
Gone are the days when we could rely on candles for lighting and a wood-fuelled stove for cooking. Nowadays, when an electrical appliance breaks down, we need a same-day fix. A heating system that breaks down in the middle of winter or an oven that stops working with a party of relatives expected for the weekend can require an immediate solution.