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Reduce Your Emissions At Home With These 11 Steps

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

It is vital that, as a global community, we all take steps to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions. There are several ways you can do this in your everyday life. Many are to do with lifestyle choices that we won’t look at here.

Instead, we want to bring to light what you can do in your home to reduce emissions. Most of these tricks are very easy and can make a huge difference in the long run. Let’s take a look.

EmissionsYou can do many things to reduce your emissions at home to do your part for the environment. Most are very easy.

Check Your Insulation to Reduce Emissions

Poorly insulated homes will require far more energy to heat. If you live in an older home, it’s a good idea to check what kind of insulation you have and consider how this can be updated if necessary. This doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg – there are DIY insulation options that are very effective and affordable. For example, if you can access underneath your floors, you may pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists.

Change Your Lightbulbs

Energy-efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they use far less energy in the long run. Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are better options than incandescent bulbs. And if everyone makes the switch, it can eliminate a huge amount of greenhouse gas.

Upgrade Your Water Heating

Older gas and oil boilers are extremely inefficient and can be hugely wasteful when it comes to energy consumption. Consider upgrading your boiler – this will require an upfront investment, but you will save money in the long run and significantly reduce your emissions.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances To Reduce Emmisions

Those star ratings on your appliances aren’t just a marketing tool – they actually mean something. While all modern appliances need to meet a certain standard to make their way into the market, the more stars, the more energy-efficient your appliance will be. Although those with more stars are more expensive, they will save you money in the long run and are much more environmentally friendly.

Consider Ways You Can Use You Appliances Less

Sure, we buy appliances because they make life more convenient. But do you sometimes use yours unnecessarily? Do you use your dryer when you could just as easily sundry? Do you put a load of dishes on when the dishwasher is basically empty, or when you could have washed them by hand? Do you use your heater or fan when the temperature is actually quite nice? Think about all the ways you can use your appliances less and get into better habits. You’ll be surprised at how much of an impact this can make.

emissionsLights off = less emissions

If you’re in the habit of leaving lights on unnecessarily, make a conscious effort to switch them off when they aren’t being used. The same goes for electronics like computers, TVs and stereos – switch them off when not in use. Even when on standby, these things consume quite a lot of energy.

Seal Your Doors and Windows

Seal your windows – a lot of heat is lost through windows, often through small cracks and gaps. Sealing these is a cheap and effective way to save energy. The same goes for doors. Snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop air from passing between rooms and indoors/outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where possible.

Consider Investing In Renewable Energy

If it’s within your means, consider investing in renewable sources of energy like solar power. Solar panels can be expensive, but they are extremely sustainable.

Take Short Showers, Not Baths To Reduce Emissions

A large portion of the energy used by households is for heating water used for bathing and showering. Showering uses significantly less water than bathing and is a far more energy-efficient option. When you do take a shower, keep it short. On a similar note, try and limit all running hot water, such as brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get into good habits by recycling everything you can and reducing your overall waste. Buy products with minimal packaging to reduce waste. Compost what you can. Recycle your clothes. Think sustainably!

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top Condition 

Regularly cleaning and maintaining your AC system will help ensure it runs at maximum efficiency and doesn’t waste any energy unnecessarily.

About Us

We are based in Sydney’s Inner West. However, our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and always aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient electrical and air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for an aircon installation quote or electrical advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

While you’re here, check out these other handy tricks:

Choosing The Best Commercial Air Conditioning Service

Ideal Indoor Temperature: What it is and how to get it

How To Optimize Your Air Conditioner

electrical emergencies

Electrical Emergencies: Everything You Need To Know

By | Electrical

It goes without saying that electricity is a significant part of our daily lives. We take it for granted – it is simply one of the things that make the world turn. However, electricity can fail us at times. This is usually because of poor wiring and faulty appliances in our homes, which can present potential dangers to you and your family.

This is our surefire guide for electrical emergencies.
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Electrical emergencies can be potentially dangerous for you and your family. Here’s what you need to know about what they are and what to do.

Some issues are fairly straightforward and shouldn’t be a cause for concern – if you cannot solve the problem yourself, call your electrician to get it sorted. But in some cases, a situation may be considered an electrical emergency. Let’s take a look at what this means and what you should do in these circumstances.

What Is Considered an Electrical Emergency?

An electrical emergency is essentially any situation involving electricity where people could potentially get hurt. This is a fairly broad description, but it is the only possible one because every situation is different. Determining whether something is an emergency will require some personal judgement. A blackout is not considered an emergency (except, say, in a commercial office building where this could potentially lead to someone injuring themselves).

A hazardous electrical situation may involve burning wires or smoke coming from an electrical device, wiring or an electrical panel. Lights flickering on your breaker panel or fallen electrical wires and power lines are also indicative of a dangerous situation where somebody could get electrocuted, or a fire could start.

What To Do In Electrical Emergencies

What you should do in these kinds of situations will change on a case by case basis. You may be able to resolve the issue yourself, for example, by switching off your main breaker. However, if wires are burning, smoke is coming from a device or wiring, your panel is getting hot, or flickering lights in your breaker panel may indicate a dangerous situation. It would be best if you steered well clear of coming in contact with the problematic device/wires etc.

Stay Calm

Electrical emergencies can be quite stressful, but it is important to stay calm and to approach the situation with a clear head. If somebody has been electrocuted or the situation is critical (such as if power lines have fallen on your home or there is an electrical fire), call emergency services immediately and await instructions.

If someone gets hurt

If somebody in your home has been shocked by an electrical appliance such as a hairdryer, toaster or wall socket, be sure not to touch them as you could be electrocuted too. Unplug the responsible appliance and switch off your home’s power to ensure no further damage is caused. Call emergency services and await instructions. If possible, ensure the injured person is warm, still and lying down until an ambulance arrives.

If there’s a fire

If there is an electrical fire in your home, do not use any water to try and quell the flames. Call emergency services immediately. If you have one on hand and are qualified to use it, use a fire extinguisher or fire blanket to put out the flames. However, you should only do this if the fire is manageable. If the fire is out of hand and you do not have an extinguisher or blanket on hand, leave your home right away.

How To Be Prepared For Electrical Emergencies

Electrical emergencies can happen at any time to anyone, so it’s always good to be prepared.

• Have the contact information for emergency services available in an easy to access part of the house, such as on the fridge or a communal noticeboard. It might also be a good idea to keep your electrician’s number handy.

• Purchase a fire extinguisher or fire blanket and ensure that everyone in your home knows where they are and how to use them

• Always have an escape plan, make sure the other occupants of your home know what it is

About Us

We pride ourselves on being one of the most reliable and competent electricians in Sydney. If you’re looking for a quote for electrical services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. With over 9 years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical and air conditioning services of the highest quality.

If you are experiencing an electrical emergency, contact emergency services immediately.

Want to keep your home safe, cool, and clean? Check out these blog posts below:

Ideal Indoor Temperature: What is it and how to get it

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14 tips that will make your home energy efficient and cut costs

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14 Tips That Will Make Your Home Energy Efficient and Cut Costs

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

The weather in Sydney is harsh. Summers are sweltering, and winters can get quite cold – not to mention that many older homes aren’t built for the cold weather. Air conditioning is prevalent in Sydney; roughly 2 in 3 homes in Sydney have air-con installed. However, this means that many residents have to face an ongoing battle with energy bills – ensuring their homes are as energy-efficient as possible. Are you fretting that your bills are higher than they should be? We’re here to help.
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Energy bills are a concern for every Australian. Here 14 tips for making your home more energy-efficient.

There are several things you can do to make your house more energy-efficient. Some are cheap; some more expensive, some are suitable if you’re renting, some are only possible if you own your home. Let’s take a look!

Use Light Coloured Paint Inside – Paint your walls with light coloured paint (such as white or cream). This will help reflect sunlight inside, making rooms feel well-lit and reducing the need to use lights.

Insulate Flooring – There are many options for flooring insulation. What you choose will depend on what kind of home you have and how much you want to spend. If you can access underneath your floors, you may be able to pack insulation (such as foam) between the joists. This is a fairly affordable option. Another option is to install insulation between the floor base and the floorboards or carpet. If you have an attic space that you can access, consider adding insulation here too.

Seal Your Windows – A lot of heat is lost through windows, often through small cracks and gaps. Sealing these is a cheap and effective way to save energy.

Use Door Snakes – A lot of heat is also lost underneath doors. Door snakes are cheap and a really great way to stop air passing between rooms – inside or outside. Grab yourself a few and use them where necessary.

Change Your Lightbulbs – Energy efficient light bulbs are a slightly larger investment when you buy them, but they will save you money in the long run. Halogen bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) and LEDs are all better options than incandescent bulbs.

Switch off Power When It Is Not In Use – Pretty obvious tip, right? Chargers for mobile phones and computers, lamps, televisions and appliances – all consume energy. Even they are not in use. It’s not much, but it can amount to a fair portion of your energy bill for a big home. Switch off power when not in use.

Wash Your Clothes With Cold Water – Using warm water to wash your clothes can consume a significant energy amount. Always use cold water unless necessary.

Take Showers Not Baths – A large portion of households’ energy is for heating the water used for bathing and showering. Showering uses significantly less water than bathing and is a far more energy-efficient option. When you do take a shower, keep it short. On a similar note, try and limit all running hot water, such as brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Close Your Doors – If you have a large house, it is important to consider “zoning” – closing doors where possible to trap in heat or coolness. If you have a door that leads to a garage or laundry, keep it closed!

Turn off Your Lights – This is energy cost-saving 101. Please turn off the lights whenever they are not in use.

Dry Clothes Naturally Instead of Using a Dryer – Even in winter, sun drying clothes is fine, even if it takes a little longer. Avoid using your dryer where possible. Electric dryers are one of the main culprits to hefty electricity bills.

Close Curtain on Hot Days – Closing curtains on hot days can help keep out sunlight and trap in cool air.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances – All modern appliances have an energy star rating displayed on the front. Buy the most efficient one you can afford – the more stars, the better. If you want to know more about how this system works, check out our guide here.

Keep Your Air Conditioning Unit In Top ConditionRegularly maintaining your AC system will help ensure it runs at maximum efficiency.

If you follow these 14 tips to the best of your situation, not only will your house be energy efficient… your electricity bill will be significantly reduced as well. Worried your AC isn’t up to scratch? We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient air conditioning services of the highest quality.

If you’re looking for an aircon installation quote, or for someone to repair or maintain your system, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today. Our operations span the greater metro area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. We always respond quickly and aim to be on-site as soon as possible.

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Great ways to keep your house warm in winter

By | Electrical

Winter has well and truly crept upon us, and we are certainly feeling a cool change in the air. And while there are some great heating systems for your home, which help keep you warm, there is a number of other things you can do to stay snug.

warmCheck out some of our favourite tips to keep your home nice and warm all winter long!

 

Install a programmable thermostat

Programmable thermostats allow you to select the perfect temperature for your home and in some cases, will let you adjust the temperature in different areas of your house so that everyone in your family is comfortable. By changing the thermostat when you leave the house, you can also save loads on your energy bill.

Keep your curtains shut during the night

It is a great idea to leave your curtains open to let the sun in during the day. However, did you know that shutting the curtains at night allows you to keep the heat inside for longer? You might even want to consider purchasing insulated curtains if you want to keep the heat in for even more time.

Use reversible ceiling fans

While most people think that ceiling fans are only to be used for cooling your home in the warmer months, many can be used in the colder months too. See if you can reverse your fan so that it moves clockwise instead of counterclockwise. Since heat rises, the clockwise-spinning fan will push the heat back down into your rooms. This works particularly well in homes with high ceilings.

Keep vents clear

If you have a heating system with vents, it is important to ensure that you do not block them with furniture or other large objects. Make sure you double-check that all of your vents are not blocked, and if they are, its a good idea to move your furniture, at least for the winter, so that your heating system reaches maximum potential.

Keep doors shut

If you want to keep specific rooms extra-warm, there is not much point leaving the door open, as it allows warm air to escape and spread throughout your home. For those with open plan homes, room dividers are sometimes a good option. You’ll be surprised how effective keeping a few doors shut can be.

Contact HunterCON today!

While there is plenty you can do to keep warming, nothing beats an effective and high quality heating system! If you would like to know more about installation or maintenance of electrical items or air conditioning systems, please do not hesitate to give us a call. With over ten years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

Are you interested in learning more about air conditioning and electrical? Check out some of our other great blog posts:

Electrical must-dos before you sell your home

5 Common ducted air conditioning issues 

Ambient, task and accent lighting

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Does your home improvement project require an electrical permit?

By | Electrical

Recent lockdown restrictions caused by the COVID-19 virus, has sent the Aussie population into a frenzy of new hobbies, with home improvements and DIY projects being on the top of everyone’s list. There is no better feeling than tackling a project you’ve had in mind for years, creating a more homely atmosphere which expresses who you are.

electrical permit projectWhen it comes to DIY electrical projects, you might be wondering whether you need an electrical permit. Here’s what you need to know.

 

Minor electrical projects

There are a number of minor electrical projects which will not require you to obtain an electrical permit. This may include small projects such as plug and switch replacements, light installations or general electrical troubleshooting.

Major electrical projects

If you are making major home improvements or completing renovations, you will probably be required to ensure that all building and repairs is up to code and in a safe manner. This process is relatively easy, and anyone can apply for a building permit. However, if your project includes activities such as panel installation, home remodels and additions, you may also be required to apply for an electrical permit.

The importance of safety and the law

While you may feel confident in completing a major electrical project by yourself, it is essential that you follow the law-binding safety protocols surrounding building and construction. While safety is the most important consideration, the law is too. Federal law states that an electrical contractor must be hired to complete any electrical work. Any individual who breaks this essential law may see their project result in a serious injury and up to $100,00 in fines.

Many homes in Australia are quite old, and as such, may not have safe electrical systems such as safety switches and power circuit. This makes it even more important to hire a trusted professional to complete the work.

Contact HunterCON today!

When it comes to mist electrical projects, you will always benefit from working with a trusted professional. At HunterCON, we ensure that all work is completed to the most stringent safety standards, as well as guaranteeing high quality and completing projects at a timely, cost-effective way for our customers. If you have any other questions surrounding electrical permits, if you would like some more tips about electrical safety or would like to know more about installation or maintenance of electrical items, please do not hesitate to give us a call. With over nine years of experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

Are you interested in learning more about air conditioning and electrical? Check out some of our other great blog posts:

Electrical must-dos before you sell your home

5 Common ducted air conditioning issues 

Ambient, task and accent lighting

Using lighting to create the perfect living room

By | Electrical

In recent weeks, we have explored the ways lighting can bring out the best in your bedroom. Now, we are taking a look at how the right lighting creates a stunning atmosphere in your living room.


The living room is an essential part of your home; the place where family comes together to enjoy each other’s company and the place where you will spend time with guests. So, how can you use different lighting to make your living room feel perfect? 

 

Utilise multiple lighting types

Incorporating various types of light within a single room can create a sense of depth and texture. We recommend using at least one of each of the following lighting types:

Ceiling lights: It can be as simple as a light fitting in the middle of the ceiling or as sophisticated as a dangling chandelier; whatever suits your style. 

Floor lights: Floor lights in the form of tall standing lamps or an accent light-up can overcome gravity and give new warmth and style to the room.

Table lights: Mid-level lights are not only beautiful but can be functional too. Try a table lamp, desk lamp, or even a low-hanging pendant-style light fixture.

Ambient, task and accent lighting 

In our last blog post, took a look at ambient, task and accent lighting and the ways they can be combined to enhance the look and feel of any space. Try incorporating all types of light into your living room to achieve a living space which is as aesthetically pleasing as it is practical. Read our blog post about ambient, task and accent lighting to find out more. 

Feature lighting

While functionality is obviously the most important when it comes to lighting, aesthetics are very important when it comes to the special spaces in your home. Lighting can function as a piece of art or feature of any room. HunterCON is passionate about installing feature lighting options to enhance the aesthetics of your living space, helping to evoke the atmosphere or feeling that you most want to achieve. This may be in the form of specialised lighting or stylish lighting fixtures, but this is entirely up to you.

Contact HunterCON today

At HunterCON, it is an absolute pleasure when we get to turn your ideas into an incredible reality. HunterCON is a fully licensed electrical and air conditioning specialists located in Sydney’s Inner West, servicing the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. If you have any questions about bedroom lighting, or would like to book a quote for repairs, installation or maintenance, contact HunterCON today. With over nine years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.

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Ambient, task and accent lighting

By | Electrical

While you might not have given it too much thought, the lighting in and around your home plays a significant role in achieving its overall look and feel.

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Lighting experts utilise ambient lighting, accent lighting, and task lighting to create the perfect atmosphere in rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor living areas. But, what’s the difference between each type and why should it matter to you?

 

Ambient lighting

Ambient lighting is also considered as general, or overall lighting, serving as the main source of light within a certain space. Ambient lighting is the quickest and easiest type of lighting to achieve. Basic lighting fixtures can be used, such as a simple ceiling-fixed bulb. However, ambient lighting doesn’t have to be boring. Chandeliers, recessed lights and track lights may also be used to bring light and life into your home

Task lighting 

Once you have a general source of light, you can then add task lighting. Task lighting refers to any additional sources of light, which can help you better accomplish a specific activity. Choosing the right task lighting is much harder than choosing ambient lighting, as you need to consider how the two will work together. When deciding on task lighting, it is important to take the level of illuminance and contrast into thought. A poorly positioned task light can end up for the worse by reducing contrast and visibility. Examples of task lighting include lamps, motion-activated lights and vanity lights.

Accent lighting

Now that you have your main source of light, as well as light sources which will help you complete specific tasks, you need to add some atmosphere. That is where accent lighting comes in. Accent lighting is used for a number of aesthetic reasons, including highlighting certain aspects of your home such as furniture and artworks or bringing attention away from parts of a home which are not pleasing to the eye. Examples of this include spotlights, fairy lights, candles, dimmable lights, as well as lighting inside cupboards and display cabinets.

Choosing the right lighting combination

When choosing lighting for your home, make sure you consider all three types of lighting: ambient, task and accent. When it comes to task lighting, consider what types of lighting could help make your life easier. After that choose accent lighting which compliments your favourite features and creates a well-suited atmosphere in your home.

Contact HunterCON today

At HunterCON, it is an absolute pleasure when we get to turn your ideas into an incredible reality. HunterCON is a fully licensed electrical and air conditioning specialists located in Sydney’s Inner West, servicing the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. If you have any questions about bedroom lighting, or would like to book a quote for repairs, installation or maintenance, contact HunterCON today. With over nine years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.

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Lighting tips for the bedroom of your dreams

By | Electrical

If there is one thing most people agree on, its that your bedroom should always be the most comfortable room in your home. You want it to look and feel just right and turn it into a space which is truly yours.

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At HunterCON we believe the key to a good bedroom is good lighting. Check out some of our great bedroom lighting tips.

 

Remote controls

We are all well aware of the practicality and convenience of remote controls. Now, instead of your television or garage door, imagine using a remote control to adjust the lighting in your bedroom. With a lighting remote, you can turn your lights on and off, adjust the brightness and control various bulbs, all from the comfort of your bed.

Motion activation

There is nothing worse than banging your toe on the corner of your bed as you fumble to find the light switch and turn it on in the dark of the night. Bedrooms can be fitted with motion-activated lighting options. Our experienced electricians can quickly and easily install weak motion-activated solutions so that when you walk towards the door, a dim light will flick on. How cool is that?

Full-control lighting

Imagine being able to change up the mood of your bedroom with the turn of a dial. By shifting the brightness, you can create the perfect atmosphere for reading before bed, or even a romantic night in. HunterCON can install dials which allow you too quickly and easily take full control of your lighting. Another great thing about this option, is that is can save you power and money too!

Task lighting

The bedroom has many diverse functions and is not merely a place to sleep. You might use your bedroom as a makeup studio, a workplace, a mini art gallery, or a place where you play music. As such, lighting may be essential. HunterCon can install a range of practical options to enhance your space, such as a back-lit mirror, or spotlight.

Feature lighting

Of course, aesthetics are just as important as practicality when it comes to your bedroom. HunterCON can install a range of feature lighting options to enhance the aesthetics of your bedroom and evoke a certain atmosphere or feeling. This may be specialised lighting, or a beautiful lighting fixture, but this is entirely up to you.

Craft the bedroom of your dreams…

While lighting isn’t usually given first thoughts, it is certainly a building block in the bedroom of your dreams. At HunterCON, it is an absolute pleasure when we get to turn your ideas into an incredible reality. HunterCON is a fully licensed electrical and air conditioning specialists located in Sydney’s Inner West, servicing the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West. If you have any questions about bedroom lighting, or would like to book a quote for repairs, installation or maintenance, contact HunterCON today. With over nine years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.

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The benefits of installing solar panels

By | Electrical

When it comes to powering your home, there are many options. And with new technologies being developed, there are now more environmentally friendly ways to create electricity. This includes solar power.

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So, how does solar power work and what benefits does it have? Let’s find out.

 

How does solar power work?

Solar power is one way that free, renewable energy can be created. It works by transforming radiation from the sun into electricity. Through installing Solar Panels on your roof, you can generate Direct Current electricity which is fed into a solar inverter. The direct current electricity is then converted into alternating current electricity to be used in your home. Through storing the energy captured during the day, solar panels can continue to power your home during the night.

Benefits of solar power

There are many benefits to installing solar panels into your home. Take a look at some of the great advantages to solar power.

Affordability: When solar power first came about, it was not an affordable option for many households. However, solar panels have gotten far cheaper over the years. In fact, you can expect to save at least 40% of the original prices of solar power systems. Right now, you can steal a 5kW system for about $12,000.

Value for money: As the prices of solar panels have gradually reduced, the average size of the solar power systems have increased. The larger systems will almost always offer a much better value for money and generate much more power.

Fast payback: The savings you make from generating your own electricity will mean that you can make up the cost of installing your system in as little as six years. In order to maximise the speed of payback and returns, you can increase your rate of direct solar energy consumption, or by reducing other energy use.

Increases your home’s value: The more solar panels you have, the higher your home’s value will be. On average you can expect \about $6,000 of value to be added per kW of solar power. So, if you installed a 5kW system into your home, your home’s value will go up by more than $29,000. Furthermore, solar panels can help you sell a home up to 20% faster than usual.

Reduces energy bills: Installing solar panels will lead to many future savings. Over multiple years, households can save thousands of dollars on their energy bills, leaving more money for other important things. 

Reduces electricity transmission loss: Solar panels increase electricity efficiency in multiple ways. One way is as a result of the electricity actually being generated and used in the same place. Through reducing electricity transmission loss, energy efficiency is improved and so too are your savings.

Improve power grid security: Every house that has solar panels installed is self-sustaining. This works to improve power grid security meaning that if a natural or human-caused disaster occurs, your home will be far less likely to experience a blackout or other issues. 

Contact HunterCON today!

HunterCON is a fully licensed electrical and air conditioning specialists located in Sydney’s Inner West, servicing the greater metropolitan area, including the Eastern Suburbs, Lower North Shore and South West.

If you have any questions about solar power, or would like to book a quote for repairs, installation or maintenance, contact HunterCON today. With over 9 years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.

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Signs of an outdated electrical outlet

By | Electrical

It is understandable that homeowners rarely think about the electrical outlets in their home. They will work forever…right?

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If a property was built even just a few decades ago, the chances are that all of your electrical outlets are outdated, putting you and your property at risk. Read on to find out whether your electrical outlets need replacing.

 

Why do outdated electrical outlets present risk?

Although there may not be any visible indication of any issues, outdated outlets most certainly put your property at risk. A few problems that obsolete electrical outlets often cause include:

Outlet And Surrounding Wire Degradation: consider inspecting these wires every few years to ensure the safety of your property.

 Inadequate power: Outdated outlets may provide insufficient electricity for your appliances and devices. Newer outlets will provide a more reliable source of energy.

Outlets Will Not Keep Up: Old wiring on your property is sometimes unable to keep up with new technologies or increasing power demands. 

 

Signs of an outdated electrical outlet

There are a few ways that you can tell that your outlets need replacing, including:

Plugs fall out easily: The connectors inside the outlet become worn out over time can become loose. As a result, plugs will fall off no matter what appliance is being used. Although it doesn’t seem too dangerous at the time, loose slots can actually result in electrical arcing, posing a significant fire hazard. 

Hot outlets: Outlets that get hot after minimal usage, very commonly indicates electrical issues that are caused by outdated outlets and wires.

Discoloured outlets: If the surrounding wall or the outlet itself is discoloured, that’s a definite sign replacement is needed. Scorch marks or melted plastic around the receptacle are the result of short circuits which may lead to fires. 

Sparks, smoke and smells: Sparks, smoke or strange smells coming from an outlet is a sign of a short circuit or water exposure. In particular, be aware of popping or sizzling sounds. If this occurs, be sure to switch off the power to the outlet and call an electrician.

If you have any questions about power outlets, or would like to book a quote for repairs, installation or maintenance, contact HunterCON today. With over 9 years of experience, we pride ourselves on providing air-con and electrical services of the highest quality.