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Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb

The History of The Light Bulb

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The light bulb. We use them every evening so that we can continue to go about our lives with the benefit of sight. It’s easy to forget that on the timeline of human history, light bulbs are a recently new invention and prior to their invention people made do with gas lamps or candles.

Lucky for us, the modern era offers us a range of different lighting options which are fitted into our homes, cars and even our phones. But who came up with such a marvellous invention and how did we get to this level of convenience?
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Incandescent lights, fluorescent lights, LEDs. These great inventions light up our homes when we most need it, but how did they come to be?

 

A Bright Spark

The first electric light was invented in 1802 by Humphry Davy. The invention came when Davy was experimenting with an electric battery – as he connected wires to the battery and a piece of carbon, the carbon was illuminated as electrons passed from one batter to the other. The revolutionary invention is known as the Electric Arc lamp and despite how groundbreaking it was, it burnt too bright too shortly to be used for any practical solution. Despite this, it set the path for a course of experimentation and refinement of the technology.

Early Developments

Over the ensuing decades, other inventors fiddled and tweaked with the design. Notably, in 1840 the British scientist Warren de la Rue created a light using a coiled platinum filament within a vacuum tube. The higher melting point of platinum allowed for high temperatures and the vacuum chamber restricted the number of gas molecules that were able to react with the platinum in the tube.

The First Light Bulb

The English physicist Joseph Wilson Swan was first to create a ‘light bulb’ in 1850. Swan’s design incorporated carbonised paper filaments, contained within an evacuated glass bulb. The design was faulted by the lack of a good vacuum and constant supply of electricity which resulted in bulbs with a short lifetime. As the decades rolled on Swan continued to experiment with improved vacuum pumps which allowed for a more effective illumination. He also found that using a treated cotton thread reduced the issue of the bulb blackening.

Thomas Edison

Perhaps the name most synonymous with the history of the light bulb is Thomas Edison. Although Edison wasn’t the one to invent the incandescent light bulb he was the first to patent a commercially practical bulb. There were many inventors working on the design at the time but Edison’s version of the bulb used an efficient incandescent material encased within a better vacuum than his competitors. But perhaps the best feature of the bulb was the high resistance he was able to achieve, which made the bulb brighter and more efficient.
Thomas Alva Edison in 1911 with his famous light bulb

Tungsten

Tungsten was the next major development in light bulb technology. It was introduced in 1906 by The General Electric Company, who patented tungsten filaments within incandescent light bulbs. The technology was further developed in subsequent years by the company to improve the light’s lifetimes.

Fluorescent Lighting

The German glassblower Heinrich Geissler and physician Julius Plücker made an incredible discovery during the 19th century – after evacuating air from a long glass tube and passing a current through it, they created light! This invention was called the Geissler Tube and would pave the way for fluorescent lamps.

Edison and Nicola Tesla both experimented with fluorescent lamps in their careers but neither’s efforts caught any commercial traction. Peter Cooper Hewitt created a light in the late 1900s that was an early version of the fluorescent lamp, but it wasn’t until well into the 20th century when this new type of lighting actually took off. Neon-lights, fluorescent lights and low-pressure sodium lamps, which are used in streetlamps, are all derived from these early experiments.

LEDs

Nick Holonyak Jr was the first to invent the light-emitting diode (LED) light in 1962, with red diodes. LED lights use a semiconductor to convert electrical energy into light. These lights are efficient as they are small and specifically directed. Yellow and green followed soon after and before long the technology became common in indicator lights and calculator displays.

Blue diodes were not invented until the 1990s, but this invention led to a white diode, which was simply blue with a coating of phosphor and before long researchers found that white light could be made with a combination of blue, red and green. Before long LEDs made their way into flashlights, TVs and traffic lights.

In the beginning, LEDs were no more effective than incandescent bulbs, however, the technology has come a long way and today they are up to 85% more efficient than traditional lights.

As they are a newer technology, LED lighting is more expensive than traditional lighting, however, in the last 10 years the price has dropped up to 80% and the savings in energy more than makeup for the purchase cost.

If you have any questions about installing lighting in your home or business or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

How Effective Is Solar Power For Your Home

How Effective Is Solar Power For Your Home?

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You may have heard good things about solar power, you can save money and save the planet at the same time! But how do you know if it will be suitable for your home? There are definitely some factors that will make solar power more or less effective on a home. Here are some things to consider before you make the change.

Saving money and helping the planet are two things most people are happy to do. Installing a solar panel is a good way to cover both these bases, but how effective will they be for your home.

 

Climate

Living in Australia means that in just about any area of the country, the climate is right for solar panels. Australia clocks in one of the highest amount of sunlight hours in the world and as most Australians will know it’s most effective in summer and springtime when there’s an average of 7-8 hours each day. Plenty of light to power your home.

Roof Size and Shade

It’s ideal to have around 9 square metres of roof space per kW, with most systems sitting between 5-7 kW. Obstructions such as chimneys and skylights can make this difficult, however, most installers will be able to work around obstacles. Shade from trees and neighbours can decrease the efficiency of solar panels. You might not be able to change the position of buildings but tree branches can be trimmed to get the full force of the sun on your roof.

Roof Angle and Aspect

Solar panels work best when they are orientated in the right direction. In Australia solar panels work best when they are facing north, northeast, northwest or west, however, adequate energy can still be harvested on other angles. A slope of 30 degrees is ideal, however anything from 0, (flat) to 45 degrees works, however, a solar installer can mount panels so that they sit at an optimal angle.

Roof Age

Your roof should be relatively new. It isn’t a great idea to put new solar panels on a roof that will need replacing in a couple of years, so if your roofing is towards the end of its life, it might be a good idea to redo it before installing solar panels.

Incentives and Rebates

There are a number of good reasons for switching to solar, one of the main ones being lower electricity bills. Setting up a new system, however, can be costly. Luckily most state governments around the country have incentives for homeowners switching to solar power.

In NSW you can earn Small-scale Technology Certificates, or STC’s, which can be traded for rebates. The number of certificates earned depends on the size of the system installed and the amount of energy generated.
Victorian houses benefit from the $1.24 billion dollars Victorian Solar Homes program, which allows for a 50% rebate and from next year an interest-free loan program for new systems.

Check on your state government website to see if you can benefit from a rebate program.

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5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

By | Electrical

There’s no doubt about it. Building a new home is exciting. It’s a long journey that can be both stressful and rewarding. However, when it comes to the electrics, it’s important to plan it early, you don’t want to overlook things that will end up being difficult to fix down the track.

Things like light placement and power point placement are much better to get right the first time. You may even be able to save on the energy bills down the track if you try and mix in some natural lighting and heating solutions.
5 Things to Know About Electrics When Building a New Home

There’s a lot to consider when designing the electrics for a new home, but with careful planning and the help from professionals you’ll never look back and might even save a bit of money.

 

Consult an Electrician

The first thing you need to do when considering electrics for a new home is to consult an electrician. A good electrician will be able to sit down with you during the design stage and offer suggestions about where all the electronics will go. It’s much better to plan in the early stages when the house is a frame, rather than down the track, when all the walls are fixed in place. Not only will leaving it late take longer, but it will also end up costing you more money.

PowerPoint Placement

One of the first things to think about when designing a house is where powerpoints and the wiring for communication devices will be located. It needs to be one of the first consideration of the design, as there’s no point putting a powerpoint in a place where it won’t be accessible later, such as under a bed, or in a hard to reach corner. Take a while to consider where furniture will go, or where appliances will sit on the benchtop. It’s much easier to build electronics into a house during its construction than having to cut open walls after the house is finished.

Plan Your lighting

Have a think about where will people will be situated in the house. Make sure that every light serves a purpose, whether it be to illuminate a hallway or provide enough light to read for someone sitting on the couch. It’s also possible to have too many lights. Lights that are too close together might be overkill and end up wasting your energy.

Think About Efficiency

The design stage of your house is the perfect time to think about energy saving measures. Try to incorporate sources of natural lighting, such as skylights or larger windows. A good way to make sure this is efficient as possible is to design rooms with the right aspect so that they receive more lighting during different times of the year.

Some living rooms and bedrooms may even be more suitable for smaller lamps, so there might not be a need for numerous inbuilt lights. Dimmer switches can go a long way to improve the mood of a room, but can also save a lot of numerals on the energy bill. On the climate control front, try to think about heat flow and how it works with the aspect and size of rooms. When designed correctly rooms should be easy to heat in winter and easier to vent in summer.

If you have any questions about your electronics at home or would like to know more about installation, maintenance, or please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing air con services of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

By | Electrical, Maintenance

Tripping a circuit breaker is a relatively common problem. It’s probably just the result of vacuuming, using a blender and a toaster at the same time and you just have a busy morning routine, so there’s no need for alarm.

A circuit breaker will cut off an overloaded circuit to prevent damage to the system, turning it back on again isn’t too hard. Most of the time all it takes is a reset of the circuit breaker, however, sometimes the issue can be a bit more problematic.
What to do When a Circuit Breaker Trips

Tripping a circuit breaker is normally just the result of an overloaded circuit and probably isn’t a big deal, however, sometimes it can be a bit more complicated and it’s best just to call an electrician.

 

Why has my circuit broken?

• Overloaded circuit – An overloaded circuit is the most common cause of a broken circuit. The basic premise is that there is too much current flowing through the circuit and to prevent any damage or fires it simply shuts off. The solution here is to remove any extra appliances on the overloaded circuit that do not need to be there.

• Short circuits – This is a bit more of a problem. The cause is two hot or black wires or one hot and one neutral wire touching. There will be a burning smell or melted plastic covers, and the best fix is to call an electrician.

• Ground Fault – If it’s not one of the first two problems it’s likely you have a ground fault, which occurs when a hot or black wire touches the ground or the metal case of the box. This case will also require an electrician.

How do I reset the Circuit Breaker?

If you’ve only overloaded your circuit, there will be no need to call an electrician and you should be able to handle the problem yourself. Just follow these steps.

Turn off all the lights and appliances in the room that has lost power. This is important because if you reset the circuit while it’s still overloaded, it will likely blow all over again.

Go to your electrical panel, which is usually found under a hatch outdoors, in a basement or in a utility room. Make sure you have dry hands and turn off the master switch off to be safe, this will cut the power to all the circuits, so that if there is a problem with the switchboard you won’t get an electric shock.

The next step is to find the breaker on the board that has moved to the off position or is sitting halfway between the two. Flick it all the way ‘off’ then to ‘on’. Finally, reset the master switch.

Start by testing the circuit with a couple of appliances. If the circuit breaks again it may be a more serious problem and it’s probably best to call an electrician.

If you have any doubts with your electric circuit it’s always the best bet to call a professional to take a look.

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

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What’s So Special About LED Lights?

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LED lights are made from a cluster or strip of Light Emitting Diodes, or LEDs. There are many characteristics of LED lights that make them far superior to incandescent or fluorescent globes, such as their incredible efficiency and benefits to the environment.

LED lighting is a relatively new and emerging technology. You might have heard a few of their benefits, but here’s the rundown on what makes them so special.LED lights

LED, or Light Emitting Diode Lighting, is the latest development in lighting technology that is good for your wallet, as well as the environment.

 

LED Lights Save Energy

The first thing that is touted about LEDs is their incredible efficiency. In fact, they consume up to 80% less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb. When you consider that lighting takes up around 10% of a homes energy use, you can really see where the savings come in.

They Last Longer

Along with being efficient, LED lights also have an incredibly long lifespan. Incandescent bulbs can often blow after a year, however, LED lights can clock in over 100,000 hours before they need to be changed. Most manufactures claim they will last somewhere between 50,000 and 80,000 hours. That’s 5-10 years!

They Produce Less Heat

Everyone knows how hot an incandescent bulb can get. You’ve probably gone to change a globe to find it scalding hot before having to wait for it to cool down. And no one wants hot globes, especially in the middle of summer.

But why are they so hot? Incandescent lights are incredibly inefficient, 20% of the energy is converted to light, while a massive 80% converts to heat. So how do LED lights compare? Well, only 10%-20% converts to heat and the remaining 80%-90% all to lighting. Energy efficient and cool.

They Are Good For the Environment

There are numerous reasons why LED lights are better for the environment than standard globes. For starters, they use less energy – that’s a given. They also don’t contain some of the harmful chemicals that other globes do. For instance, neon lighting contains mercury, a harmful toxin if not disposed of correctly. As LED lights don’t have to be replaced so often they produce less waste. And on top of this they are made from 100% recyclable materials.

ED Lights Come in a Range of Colours

A criticism of non-traditional lights is that they don’t have the nice warm globe of an old-style incandescent bulb. Some people are taken aback by the harsh, cold lighting of newer style lights, especially where mood is crucial.

However, fear no more, because LED lighting is now widely available in a range of colours, including warm white (similar to an incandescent bulb), a slightly lighter soft white, as well as bright white, which is great for specific tasks.

They Save Money

Yes, as they are a newer technology, LED lighting is more expensive than traditional lighting. However, when you factor in the savings in energy and replacement costs, they will quickly pay back what they owe you.

If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with HunterCon today.

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Understanding The Basic Electrical Parts and Components In Your Home

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Every household in the world relies on a variety of electrical components to function. However, many people have little understanding of what these are, how they work and what their function is.

It’s important that you at least have some basic knowledge about the electricity in your household. You’d be surprised how often this will come in handy, and it may even help keep you safe in an electrical emergency one day.
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Understanding the basic electrical parts and components in your home is very important. Let’s take a look what the meter box, circuits, fuse board and breakers do and how they work.

The Meter Box

When electricity is delivered to your home, it first goes through your electrical meter box. This is what measures how many units of energy your household uses. This is measured in kWh – kilowatt hours – and is what your energy provider uses to determine how much power you used during your billing cycle (and hence how much you will be charged).

You are charged by the number of total units used in a cycle, meaning the total kWh used. 1 kWh is the amount of watts used, multiplied by the number of hours used, divided by 1000. For example, if you use a 1000W electrical appliance for one hour every day, then the total kWh used by this appliance is one kWh per day. How much this costs you will depend on your energy provider.

Circuits

For energy to flow to light sockets and power points in your home, it needs to travel through a path or “circuit”. It is called a circuit because it contains two wires: one that delivers electricity from the generator to the destination (this is ‘active’) and one that carries electricity back to the generator (this is ‘neutral’), thus completing the “circuit”.

The Fuse Board

The circuits delivering electricity to different parts of a house are all connected to single fuse board. This is the “brain” of the whole system. When electricity is delivered to a house, it first flows through the meter box, then is carried to the fuse board. From there it is distributed throughout the house via various circuits, hence why is it also called the ‘distribution box’. There are not circuits for every powerpoint and lighting socket in a house, rather they are grouped into different categories (for example there may be one for your hot water system, one for your stove, three for your power points, and two for your lighting).

Circuit Breakers

Each circuit group has a switch, which are called ‘circuit breakers’. Labels will usually indicate which part of the house each switch controls. In the event that a circuit is overloaded it could become very hot and pose the risk of starting an electrical fire. The circuit breaker’s job is to stop this happening. If the current flow exceeds the rated amp value of the circuit, the switch is opens, “breaking” the flow of the current, shutting the power off to that circuit in a extremely short amount of time, stopping any chance of an accident happening. The circuit can be connected again simply by closing the switch.

Main Breaker

The fuse board also has a “main breaker”. This is the first component that receives electricity after the meter box. This is kind of like the master power switch – if you need to shut off power for the entire house, simply flip this switch.

Trip Switch

The trip switch is a kind of master circuit breaker that monitors the flow of current through all electrical wiring and disconnects the supply of electricity if it detects any abnormalities, from the tiniest imbalance (such as if a power board is overloaded) to large surges (such as during an electrical storm). If the amount of current flowing in is the same as the amount flowing out, the switches remain on. If there is an imbalance, the switch is “tripped” and the flow of current to the entire house is cut off.

If you have any questions regarding electricity in your house, or are looking for a quote for electrical installations, repairs, or general maintenance, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient service of the highest quality. Get in touch with us today.

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How To Choose The Best Electrician

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No matter how big or small the job at hand, when it comes to electrical matters with your home or business – from installation and maintenance to inspections and repairs – it’s important to work with electrician you can trust. But how do you choose the best electrician? There are a few attributes that the right electrician for you will have. Let’s take a look at what they are.best electrician

Choosing the best electrician in Sydney will require you to consider a couple of factors. Let’s take a look at what they are.

 

What Are Their Skills?

The best electricians are those who are competent with a range of electrical services and are familiar with working with all kinds of electrical components. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you need to engage multiple service providers.

Our experienced team have wide skill sets and are more than capable of handling all kinds of
electrical components that may be required in residences, offices, business and industrial facilities, including:

• Powerpoints
• Light switches
• Dimmers
• Indoor lighting
• Switchboards, control panels and junction boxes
• Wiring
• Ceiling fans
• Outdoor and garden lighting
• Sensor lighting
• Bathroom electrical, including lighting, heating and exhaust fans
• TV antennas
• Telephones wiring
• Communications systems
• Emergency lighting
• Smoke alarms
• Security systems

We offer a range of ongoing electrical services too, including general maintenance, electrical fault inspection and repairs, rewiring or wiring repairs and safety checks.

Do They Have Good Recommendations?

A great way to quickly and easily assess the reputation of an electrician is to look at their online reviews. The best electricians will always have good recommendations on Facebook, Google, and other platforms.

How Well Do The Communicate?

The best electrician will be the one that communicates clearly and in a timely manner – from the first phone call to finishing the job. Expertise is always evident in how well your electrician can answer your questions, how clearly they quote, and the manner in which they interact with you over the course of a job.

We pride ourselves on always putting relationships with our customers first. Having a nimble team means we can offer ongoing support to all of our clients and see that you always know who you are talking to. We always quote transparently, so you know what you’re getting and how much it is going to cost you. If you have any questions about an electrical matter, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Are They Licensed?

As with any trade, knowing you are working with a certified and qualified electrician will you ensure peace of mind during the job and after its finished. If you do not, you could potentially be placing you, your family, or your staff and your patrons at risk.

We are fully licensed electrical specialists with a wealth of experience in all aspects of the industry. Our entire team is fully qualified and equipped with the skills and knowledge to handle any job you throw at us.

Are They Local?

Electrical repair and maintenance is all about speed and efficiency, therefore working with an electrician who is local is very important. Some electrical issues are even considered emergencies, and may require attention right away – you don’t want to be left in the lurch by a provider who is based on the other side of Sydney.

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

With over 9 years experience under our belt, we pride ourselves on providing electrical services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for a quote, get in touch with us today.

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7 Benefits of Using LED Lighting

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Over the years there have been numerous developments in lighting technology. The latest and most talked about of these is the emergence of LED (Light Emitting Diode) lighting. You may have heard that using LEDs is very beneficial for both your energy bills and the environment, but you may not exactly understand why. So, let’s take a look. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.

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Choosing the right lights for your home can save you money and reduce your impact on the environment. Here are some of the benefits of using LED lighting.

LEDs Have a Longer Lifespan

This is by far the most beneficial aspect of switching over to LED from traditional lighting – they simply last longer. The average LED light will last between 30,000 and 100,000 operating hours or more, which is at least twice as much as most traditional options. The standard incandescent bulb will only last around 1,000 to 2,000 hours. LEDs are different to standard lighting options in that they don’t burn out. Rather the diodes lose their output levels and they simply get dimmer over time.

They Are More Energy Efficient

The other (equally important) benefit of using LED lighting is that they are far more energy efficient than other options. They require very low amounts of power to operate – between 50% and 90% less energy than standard bulbs. This results in significantly lower energy bill for you.

They Are Far More Sturdy Than Other Types

Incandescent, fluorescent and halogen and other lighting options require a filament or neon gas to operate. Most are also housed in glass. These components are fragile and tend to break easily if they are bumped or tampered with in any way. LEDs on the other hand are a semiconductor device that convert electricity into energy. Thus they are far more sturdy.

LEDs Are Eco-Friendly

LEDs are the eco-friendly option when it comes to choosing lighting. First of all, they consume far less energy than other options. Secondly, they do not contain any of the toxic chemicals that are found in some lighting. For example, neon lighting contains mercury, which can be harmful to the environment if not disposed of responsibly. LED lights are made from 100% recyclable materials. And, because they last longer, you will not need to replace them as often, which reduces the impacts associated with production.

They Are Safer Than Other Options

LED lights produce very little heat, less than 20% of the energy they consume, whereas typical incandescent lights can convert up to 90% of the energy they consume them directly into heat. Obviously, LEDs are the safer option. Also, because they consume less power they can operate effectively on low-voltage electrical systems, meaning they are less likely to cause any issues in the event of some kind of electrical emergency.

They Are Flexible When It Comes To Design and Configuration

LEDs can be configured in any number of ways to suit the aesthetic and atmospheric needs of a wide variety of spaces.

LEDs produce only a small amount of infrared light and close to no UV emissions, meaning they are ideal in spaces where these factors can have an impact (such as an art gallery or stores with fragile products).

If you have any questions about installing LED lighting in your home or business, or have any other electrical queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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11 Ways To Reduce Your Emissions at Home

By | Air Conditioning, Electrical

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

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

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There are many things you can do to reduce your emissions at home in order to do your part for the environment. Most are very easy.

 

Check Your Insulation

Poorly insulated homes will require far more energy to heat. If you live in an older home, it is 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 be able to 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 help reduce your emissions significantly.

Buy Energy Efficient Appliances

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 sun dry. 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.

Use Lights Less

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 the passage of air 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

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 when you are brushing your teeth, cleaning your face or wet shaving.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get into good habits with 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 maintaining your AC system will help ensure it is running at maximum efficiency and not wasting any energy unnecessarily.

We pride ourselves on providing fast and efficient electrical and air conditioning services of the highest quality. If you’re looking for an air con installation quote or electrical advice, please don’t hesitate to get in touch today.

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Electrical Emergencies: What You Need To Know

By | Electrical

It goes without saying that electricity is an incredibly important 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. In our homes, this is usually because of poor wiring and faulty appliances, and this can present potential dangers to you and your family.
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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, simply 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 basically 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 An Electrical Emergency

What you should do in these kinds of situation will chance 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 there are flickering lights in your breaker panel, this may indicate a dangerous situation and you should steer well clear of coming in contact with the problematic device/wires etc.

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 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 the power in your home 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 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, or if you do not have an extinguisher or blanket on hand, leave your home right away.

How To Be Prepared For An Electrical Emergency

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 an how to use them

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

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