Electrician Tips-Energy Saving
There are a number of simple measures that all homeowners should be aware of when it comes to saving energy and cutting those quarterly electricity bills. The more you know about energy saving options, the more money you will be able to save. If you want to save as much money as possible on your electricity bills while doing your small part for the environment, you may want to talk to us about having an in depth energy audit to identify where you use energy within your home and by what amount
You will probably be surprised at just how much money you can save by implementing these basic tips on a daily basis.
Turn lights off in rooms you aren’t in
While it might seem like an obvious thing to do, simply turning off the lights in a room after you leave it can help conserve quite a lot of energy in your home. Those who keep their lights on needlessly usually end up paying a lot more than they need to for their utility bills each month. By considering having ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation’ systems installed, the process of ensuring, for example, that lights cannot be left on needlessly, can become a thing of the past. These systems integrate motion or body heat detection systems in each room. If the system detects that a person is no longer occupying a room then the lights are turned off. The following video demonstrates the Clipsal C-Bus smart home system that can offer full lighting control as well as a myriad of other options.
Make use of your window blinds and curtains to reduce heat transference
By using the curtains or blinds on your windows you can save quite a huge amount of energy in heating and cooling. Your window coverings can help you to reduce dependency on your air conditioning system to stay comfortable at home during the warmer months of the year. Likewise, in Sydney’s cooler months, keeping windows ‘covered’ with blinds or curtains can reduce heat loss by 40 percent in a room. There is a legitimate energy saving ‘payback period’ for investing in quality window coverings and are the first step you can take to make your home a lot more energy-efficient.
Find alternative ways to heat and cool your home
There are plenty of different ways to keep your home at a comfortable temperature year round without having to constantly rely on your electric or gas heating and air conditioning systems. A few ceiling fans in your home can do wonders when it comes to keeping the inside cool on those hot Sydney summer days. The running costs for ceiling fans is remarkably low – typically they will use less than a 100 watts. Compare this to an ‘average’ 3 kilowatt (ie: 3,000 watt) air conditioner. A roof ventilation system is another good investment to make if you want to keep your house cool in the summer without running the AC all the time, as is getting high quality ceiling insulation installed. The majority of heat in winter is lost through the ceiling and windows so the combination of quality roof insulation and effective window coverings are essential in creating an energy efficient home. More reading here.
One very effective and energy-friendly way to keep the inside of your home warm in the winter is use the latest inverter style reverse cycle air conditioning which is generally recognised to be the least energy intensive form of heating currently available and you will find that it will provide you with an extremely efficient way to heat your entire house while saving money on your energy bill each quarter.
Switch to LED light bulbs
Making the switch from traditional incandescent light bulbs to L.E.D. lighting can make a huge difference when it comes to how much money you spend on your utility bills. Because L.E.D. bulbs to last a lot longer (typically 40 times longer) than incandescent ones, you will also be able to save a very significant amount of money on replacement light bulbs over the years. We are experienced in all aspects in l.e.d. lighting installation and welcome your enquiry.
Ceiling Fan Installation-Tips and Advice
As discussed above, ceiling fans can help you to save a lot of money on your power bills while reducing the overall temperature inside your house on hot days. If you are planning on installing a ceiling fan in your home, it’s important that you keep the following tip in mind so that everything goes smoothly:
If you don’t want to deal with a lengthy, complicated installation, you should look for a ceiling fan that is designed to be easily installed. Our experience is that some ceiling fans take more work to install than others, so you might want to talk to us before purchasing a ceiling fan and we will be happy to advise on the most appropriate unit for your situation.
Why You Need Safety Switches -What Are Safety Switches?
Safety switches are extremely important because they can prevent you or a family member from potentially getting electrocuted. These switches are a must (and required by law). They are also particularly useful outdoors, where the risk of getting electrocuted could be significantly higher, in some instances. We are experts in every aspect of safety switch installation.
How to Choose An Emergency Electrician
It is important that you have the number of a good emergency electrician handy at all times so that you know who to call in the event of a sudden problem with your electrical wiring, lighting or face a sudden loss of electrical power that you cannot wait to have fixed. It’s highly recommended that you follow these tips when trying to choose the right electrician.
Look for licensing, insurance, experience and credentials
You will need to make sure that the emergency electrician you choose to do this type of work in your home has multiple years of experience as well as a valid license, is fully ensured and the proper experience. A certified electrician with lots of past experience doing this type of work will most likely do a good job for you.
Find out how much they charge for their services
Some emergency electricians are considerably more expensive than others, so you will therefore want to make a point of finding out exactly what their cost structure is prior to calling them in. Some emergency electricians will have an ‘upfront’ call out fee and then may charge by the hour (plus for any parts, cable or materials used). Know what you are likely t be up for in advance!
Look for References
It’s also a very good idea to get multiple references (which may be online) from each of the electricians that you look into so that you can find one that comes highly recommended by others.
Location is everything
Make sure that the emergency electrician you choose is nearby, because the last thing you want is for them to take a long time to get to your home when you really need them. In inner west Sydney, we have all experienced the traffic chaos from time to time, so the closer your electrician is, the sooner they will be able to get to you in the event of an emergency.