If you have a solar power installation in either your home or office, you will know about the huge range of benefits that a system can provide all year round. And, if you are reading that first sentence and going 'yes, that is so true!' we need you to keep reading... as your solar installation may be at risk of causing a fire due to a faulty isolator.
Safety advice has been released by the Queensland Electrical Safety Office regarding a range of DC isolator switches that are a potential fire risk. The release relates to a range of brands, types and models, so ensure you take a look at all the listed items on this page properly. If you would like to know a little more, give Static Electrics a call on 0429 139 039 or head to the Workplace Health and Safety - Electrical Safety Office website.
A series of DC isolators have been recalled due to being a potential fire hazard and having varying issues. The Electrical Safety Office website has extensive information regarding this topic if you would like to know anything more.
Avanco DC isolators
There are a series of Avanco DC isolators that are under recall, with the two main options being:
- Rotary style with a red switch, grey box and a yellow background, with 'Avanco' written across the front.
- Lockable enclosure with an opaque or clear flip lid that opens to a black switch inside, with 'Avanco' written across the front.
Defective model numbers
The defective Avanco model numbers include:
- AV/DC4P25A, AV/DC2P25A, AV/DC4P25AUB, AV/DC2P625AU, AV/DC2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P125AU, AV/DC4P25AU, AV/DC4P25AUS, AV/DC4P25AUT
ISO MAX DC Isolators
If you purchased an ISO MAX DC isolator that was sold by Eltech Industries in 2012, a recall notice has been given for the particular models listed below. If you believe your isolator falls within this category, you are required to visit the Eltech Industries website and fill in a Claim Form.
Defective model numbers
- Model No. LS16, DCISO 1000V
- Model No. LS25, DCISO 1000V
- Model No. LS32, DCISO 1000V
NHP DC isolators
A voluntary recall has been made by NHP for a particular batch of isolators, as a component has been found to be constructed with the incorrect materials. This issue can result in the switch staying on, even if it has been switched (and remains) off. This particular isolator is a rotary type, with either a plastic or metal white box and a black switch on a black background. The letters 'NHP' also appear in the top right corner.
Defective model numbers
The NHP DC isolator models that have been voluntarily recalled are NHP-KDA-432 and KDM-43. According to Worksafe :
All serial numbers from X2013 through to X3813, whereby the "X" can be any number between 1 and 5. The serial number is printed on the box and on the base, noting that the box uses a 4 digit code (no "X" prefix) and the switch base uses a 5 digit code (including the "X" prefix).
PVPower DC isolators
The importers of PVPower DC isolators, DKSH, have announced a voluntary recall on these models. They are rotary type, have a yellow background and red switch, and the letters 'PVPower' placed in the top right corner.
Salzer DC isolators
Both AGL Energy Services Pty Limited and IPD Group Limited have recalled the ModelDCLB232 (additionally known as the IPV40E and IPV40ES) Salzer solar DC isolator. This model is a rotary type on a white box with a white background and black switch. It may also have white side panels.
SPM or Gen3 DC isolators
Finally, the importers of SPM and Gen3 DC isolators, GWR Pty Ltd (t/as Uniquip Industries), have introduced a voluntary product replacement program for both SPM and Gen3 DC isolators. These models are a rotary type on a grey box, with a black switch and black background or red switch and yellow background. They also have the letters 'SPM' or 'Gen3' written in the top left corner.
What should you do if you have a faulty solar DC isolator?
If you believe that you have a faulty isolator installed as part of your solar power system, or are having issues or problems, then (safely) shut off your system urgently and speak to your solar electrician or installer as soon as possible.
Another option that you may be able to choose is to complete a 'shutdown procedure' for your isolator, which is an alternative way to safely turn it off. Your main switchboard may have a label or something similar which indicates instructions for a shutdown procedure, or it may be contained in any paper that your solar installer may have provided to you after your solar panels were installed. Product recalls also generally come with instructions, so check any product recall information, websites or documentation to see if there is a specific procedure for your solar DC isolator.
If you are unsure in any way, or are concerned about your safety or the safety those around you, speak to a professional as soon as possible.
Your friendly and knowledgeable solar specialists
If you have any questions regarding the faulty solar DC isolators listed above, or would like to speak to one of our friendly team members regarding the solar options that Static Electrics offers, then give us a call on 0429 139 039 today!
*Disclaimer: Static Electrics have fitted a recalled isolator in the past, but have since replaced them all at their own cost. This is an indication as to why you should employ a reputable, long-standing company to complete any of your solar works.
Workplace Health & Safety - Electrical Safety Office (DC Isolator Safety Advice): https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/homeowners-and-consumers/avanco-and-pvpower-dc-isolator-safety-advice
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (Recalls) : https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls
Solar Accreditation : https://www.solaraccreditation.com.au/products/product-recalls.html
*All pictures contained on this page are courtesy of the Queensland Government - Workplace Health and Safety (Electrical Safety Office) website : https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/injury-prevention-safety/electricity/homeowners-and-consumers/avanco-and-pvpower-dc-isolator-safety-advice.
Mitsubishi Electric has just launched its 2019 air conditioner deal. The Mitsubishi Electric 2019 Winter Gift Card campaign offers customers the opportunity to earn a Bonus EFTPOS Gift Card up to the value of $400 when they purchase an eligible split system or ducted air conditioner from 1 April 2019 to 31 July 2019.
Autumn and winter are great times to upgrade your old air conditioning system or install a new air conditioner as air con companies often offer great deals like this one.
A reverse cycle air conditioner affords a one-appliance, energy efficient heating and cooling solution for your home. Providing a year-round climate control system at the touch of a button.
How can I get in on this great air con deal?
All you have to do to get in on this awesome Mitsubishi air conditioner deal is purchase an eligible split or ducted air con during the promotion period and follow these simple steps:
Claim do’s and don’t’s
To ensure you receive your bonus gift card make sure you follow these tips:
- Provide a copy of your air conditioner receipt with the balance shown (if financed, approval number must be included)
- Each application must include the serial number
- The name on the claim and the receipt must match
- Receipts in JPG, PDF, or PNG format only
- Receipts must be clear and copied in full.
- Claim with a company name
- Claim more than three units per household
- Try to claim after the Redemption Period of 31 August 2019.
Air conditioner installation Sunshine Coast and Brisbane
Choosing the right air conditioner for the room or area you wish to cool and heat can be tricky. Obviously, the size of the room has a big influence on which air con you purchase, however, it is not the only thing to keep in mind. Consideration also needs to be given to:
- Insulation - roof and wall insulation, as well as curtains or blinds on the windows
- Flooring - carpet or tiles - carpet can help keep a room warm in winter whereas a tiled floor can mean you need more heating to maintain a comfortable temperature.
- Room aspect and windows - if the room gets the full force of the afternoon sun and large windows or glass doors you could benefit from more powerful air con to keep the space cool on hot summer days.
Not sure where to start? Our experienced air conditioner technicians can provide expert advice on choosing the perfect air conditioning system for your home as well as professional air conditioner installation services across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
Contact our team today on 1300 139 039 or complete our air conditioner booking request today.
More information on the Mitsubishi Electric Cash Card offer as well as a like of eligible models can be found here - mitsubishielectric.com.au
The great thing about our line of business is that every day is different. One day we could be installing an air conditioning system and another day we could be wiring a new build. We don't just work by ourselves either – sometimes we're asked to assist on sites where the focus is on bringing in the project on time and on budget which means there can be a mix of trades all working around one another to get the job done.
So what's this got to do with finding a good plumber?
Well, it's simple really. Despite the age-old saying that electricity and water should never meet, we often work in close proximity with plumbers, getting to know them on a personal level as well as experiencing their quality of workmanship and reliability.
This means that should any of our clients ask whether or not we can recommend a good plumber in Brisbane, you know what? We can.
Likewise, should we need to rope in a plumber as part of a project we may be involved in, then we've got a few names to choose from. We're happy to recommend other trades, since we know that they will do likewise, and recommendations are always a great way of building any business while helping the community in Brisbane.
Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage – Prompt, Reliable, and Efficient
One such plumber that we often cross paths with is Brisbane Plumbing and Drainage. We service a lot of the same areas in and around Brisbane, so I guess it's only to be expected.
As an experienced and reliable plumber in Brisbane, they provide a vast array of residential, commercial, and industrial plumbing services together with gas fitting services.
Operating a large team of fully qualified licensed plumbers and equipped with a wide range of spare parts and components for all leading brands, they can on most occasions diagnose and fix all plumbing problems the same day.
Their range of services includes:
- Burst and leaking pipes
- Repair of blocked drains
- Gutter repairs and installations
- Hot water installations and system repairs
- Tap and fixture installations
- Toilet repairs and installations
- Wash down facilities
- Repairs to leaking roofs
- Gas safety checks
- Gas appliance installations and repairs
- Trade waste management
- 24/7 emergency Brisbane plumber
- Commercial plumbing
- Water saving device installations
Electrician and plumber
We're living proof that electricity and plumbing can indeed mix and together we can take your vision and turn it into a reality; be that a bespoke spa bathroom complete with a state-of-the-art shower or a kitchen renovation with layered lighting and instant boiling and chilled filtered taps.
Whether you need your wiring checked out, lights or fans installed, your air conditioning units serviced, data communication services, or more, just give Static Electrics a call on 1300 139 039 and speak to our team of friendly experts.
Electricity is all around us in our daily lives both in the home and the office. Thanks to our continuing reliance on electricity to power our lights, heating, appliances, and gadgets, there are more electrical hazards than ever to be aware of. So let's dive in and take a closer look at 7 common electrical hazards.
1. Damaged or defective wiring
If you've taken possession of an old home then one of the first steps we recommend is to have a wiring inspection carried out. Poor wiring can increase the danger of fire, arc faults, and power surges. It's vital that your wiring conforms to Australian standards and essential therefore to use a qualified electrician for any wiring in your home, be it old or new.
Some hazards include:
- Frayed extension cords
- Cracked wire insulation
- Overheated cords
- Loose connections such as swtiches and outlets
2. Pouring water on electrical fires
It's natural to panic in the case of an electrical fire in the home and this often results in people pouring water onto the fire in an attempt to put it out. Unfortunately this has the effect of fueling the fire and could result in the person being electrocuted.
A good tip is to keep a fire extinguisher handy in a place where it's easily visible, and in the case of an electrical fire, use the extinguisher to put out the flames. If you don't have a fire extinguisher turn off the power, get everyone out of the house, and call the fire brigade.
3. Outlets too close to water
Outlets in rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens should be placed as far away as possible from sources of water. Water conducts electricity so keeping outlets a fair distance from water reduces any risk of electrical shocks. Remember never to use your hairdryer or phone near the bath or the pool, or anywhere that the floor is wet.
4. Wet hands
Expanding on the point above, never ever handle electrical devices witih wet hands as this increases the risk of electrical shocks. Make sure your hands are properly dry after getting out of the shower before reaching for your hairdryer.
5. Extension cords
Extension cords are useful when you need that extra length from the power socket to where you want to use your device. However, trailing cords can cause a trip and fall hazard so when using them keep them fixed firmly in position and never use them as a permanent alternative to additional outlets.
6. Young children
It's only natural that toddlers want to explore their surroundings and although we're sure those of you who are parents supervise little ones at all times, it makes sense to provide extra protection for them by replacing any powerpoints which are within their reach with extra safe powerpoints. Unprotected powerpoints can lead to serious injury for inquisitive children.
Most of us probably don't think of lightbulbs as dangerous but if you're using old style bulbs which get hot in use and they're placed near inflammable materials such as curtains, there is a risk of fire. Always take care to turn off the light switch before changing a light bulb so as not to get an electric shock, and again, do not use wet hands. Also replace your bulbs with LED ones which don't get as hot in use.
To reduce the risk of death by electric shock, we recommend the installation of a safety switch or RCD (residual current device).
Never carry out electrical work yourself, instead give Static Electrics electricians a call on 1300 139 039. We can conduct a thorough wiring inspection and recommend any electrical works that need to be carried out in your home to ensure your safety.
As a landlord or letting agent, you're probably aware that you have a number of obligations that you need to fulfil for your tenants. Under the Registration of Tenancies Act, 1997 landlords need to ensure the rented accommodation is in a good state of repair and maintained in good order.
So factors such as ensuring a good standard of general building maintenance are obvious, but what about electrical safety? Do you have obligations and if so what are they?
The answer is that under the guise of 'good repair' comes electrical safety. This includes the safe working and proper maintenance of all electrical appliances. As such there are two vital areas that landlords need to know relating to electrical safety and they are:
- The proper installation and/or new replacement of electrical appliances and
- The correct use and maintenance of existing appliances which adhere to or follow manufacturers' guidelines.
Failing to meet these basic requirements may cause property damage in the event of a fire, injury or death of a tenant and probably, a very expensive lawsuit.
So how do landlords ensure that these fundamental basics are carried out? Let's take a closer look....
Before letting or re-letting, landlords need to ensure proper cleaning and servicing of electrical appliances in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines. Careful attention should be paid to a build-up of dust, particularly in and around heaters and cooling fan inlets.
Check all plug points and outlets for any signs of wear and tear, including browning or charring of sockets or cable fraying, and replace any plugs, sockets, or cables that could be potentially dangerous. In addition, any appliances such as toasters, kettles, or heaters with faulty switches should also be repaired or disposed of and replaced.
Finally, ensure all ventilation openings are both clear and unobstructed and record all work or undertaking on a document. This way when it comes to the time when a tenant signs a new licensing agreement you can prove that you've fulfilled your end of the deal. But also it covers you just in case there is any kind of dispute.
What about carrying out electrical work?
The first thing to remember is that it's illegal for a non-qualified person to perform any kind of electrical work. While it can 'null and void' any insurance you might have, from a practical perspective, it's also dangerous. For this reason, it's important to check that the contractor is fully legal to perform the work. After any work is carried out, the contractor should always issue a Certificate Of Electrical Safety (COES).
By following these electrical safety obligations, as a landlord, you can rest assured that you have done all you can to ensure the safety of your tenants.
If you need further peace of mind, then you can always contact Static Electrics. As a fully licensed company with experienced electricians, we can also carry out domestic electrical safety checks to ensure the safety of your tenants.
So give us a call on 1300 139 039 and let's talk.
Security is a no-question necessity. We don’t need to think about it. It is the only thing that makes us safe. It avoids us from getting hurt and being abducted or robbed. There are a lot of employees that their job is to secure. For instance, a security guard that secures buildings, businesses, and even houses. It’s not just people who can do it. Even things can help protect us from harm. Just like CCTV camera systems.
Closed-circuit Television camera system or CCTV as known by many is a TV system that is used for surveillance and for security purposes. Its contents or videos are being used for crimes and presented as evidence in the rule of law. These cameras are also a strong deterrent for criminals since if they know that there is a CCTV in the area or house, it is most likely they will not continue to do the crime.
If you are getting a CCTV system, there are terms that you might encounter. Here are the possible jargon you might see:
- Digital video recorder - DVR - It is basically the computer that saves security videos into a hard drive.
- Network video recorder - NVR - It’s a program or software that records video into a digital format which can be saved to a storage device like SD memory cards, external drives, flash drives and etc.
- IP camera - Internet protocol camera. It is being used to have the ability to send and receive data through the computer’s network and into the internet.
- Analog camera - has a lower resolution compared to IP camera. It is also connected to a DVR.
There are different types of CCTV Cameras. But here are the common ones:
- Indoor Camera - used in homes, offices, restaurants, etc.
- Outdoor Camera - used outside wherein they have limited night lighting.
- IR day/night camera - used in a high level of security areas such as military camps and other security zones.
- Dome Camera - installed where there are many people present always in a certain area like subways and bus stations.
There are some things that we always take for granted. But don’t do it for your security.
Some CCTV systems may come costly but if it’s for the protection of your family at work or people from work, isn’t worth it right?
Static Electrics is there to install CCTV camera systems whenever you wish to. We can provide free quotes on new installations where we present your options and pay once you agreed to it.
We always earn a living. We work for us to live, to pay for our expenses for food, clothing, necessities, and we also pay for luxury or for comfort. Sometimes, our earning is not enough or we are on a tight budget. What many people don’t know is that there are simple ways for us to save money.
Electricity is one of the primary needs in our everyday lives. Electricity may come really expensive especially if you really use it. But some people only waste it and take it for granted. So in order for you to avoid struggle on your bill, there are behaviors that you can do to cut prices on your electricity bill.
Unplug your appliances
This is one of the simplest things you can do. If your appliances are not in use, just unplug them. Since, even if you are not using them, it still generates energy.
Adjust your temperature of your air conditioning unit
Changing or lowering the thermostat of your air conditioner also helps. Air conditioners exert a lot of energy if you want your room to be cooler. The lower the temperature, the more energy it needs, meaning more money on the bill. So adjust it a little bit, just have the right thermostat to cool enough the room.
If the food is hot, don’t put it on the refrigerator immediately
Everyone loves food and sometimes, we store the excess food so that we can still eat it tomorrow or whenever. If you need to store a newly cooked food, make sure it’s not hot or cooled enough to save energy since the refrigerator will need to put more work for it to cool the food. And another thing is to avoid spoilage sometimes.
Don’t charge your smartphones overnight
Some people practice of having their phone charged at night. Not only it may damage your phone or battery for overcharging, it still generates electricity on your charger resulting to more money on the bill.
Lower the temperature of your water heater
If it’s a sunny day outside, if possible, don’t use a water heater anymore. Have a regular shower and enjoy the cool water on your body. If it’s winter, like the air conditioner, you can adjust your temperature to warm you enough on the snowy days.
They say that a great life isn’t about great huge things, it’s about small things that make a big difference. These acts are just simple and you don’t need someone to do it for you. In the long run, it will make a difference on your electric bill.
Make it a habit to save you money.
One of the necessities that we use in our house or business is appliances. Appliances can cause trouble if not handled with proper care. One of the best practices that we can do to extend the health of our appliances is having a surge protector.
Surge protectors are used to protecting appliances from voltage spikes. This may be caused by lightning, storms, short circuits and much more. Basically, if appliances experience voltage spikes, it will damage its electric capability and possibly might need to be replaced. Also, surge protectors usually comes in power strips.
Surge protectors really help. Here are the reasons why you should get one:
Saves you money
Yes, it does. It helps your pocket from repair and replacements since it protects it from breakage.
Conditions your appliances’ capability
It maintains the electrical current or functionality whenever there is an interruption. This protects your appliances to spike its electric current to avoid damage.
Gives you more outlets
Since some surge protectors come in power stripes, it allows you to use more appliances safely at the same time. And it also comes with USB connections, where you can charge your phones. But always check the amperage of the USB before using it. Usually, it comes with 1A or 2A. 1A is good for smartphones and 2A for tablets.
It is affordable
You can have a surge protector for as low as $180.00 depending on the work. With that affordable price, you can save money from repair and maintenance.
If you need a surge protector, you can always count on Static Electrics. We are equipped with the best and experienced licensed Electricians. We can give you a free quote to check the place and we’ll let you know how much would it cost for you to have a surge protector at your place.
A smoke alarm is a device that detects smoke, usually when there is a fire in place. They are connected to the fire alarm system. Smoke alarms helped a lot of household and business since the second that there is a fire, it easily detects smoke and warns for evacuation.
There are a lot of smoke alarms in the industry that you can choose. They all have their own unique capabilities for each fire alarm.
- Ionization smoke alarm
- Photoelectric smoke alarm
- Aspirating smoke alarm
- Laser smoke alarm
Static Electrics is an electrical company that can supply smoke alarms. From getting the supply to installation up to repair, we've got your back! We are actually a fan of using photoelectric smoke alarms for homes and businesses.
Here are the reasons why you should have a photoelectric smoke alarm system:
It is fast
It easily detects smoke and responds immediately to the fire alarm before it breaks into flames.
Fewer false alarms
It is not prone to false alarms since it’s really a smart fire alarm. Fewer false alarms as well from cooking in the kitchen or steam. Unlike for ionization smoke alarms, which are very prone to false alarms.
It is loud
Once the fire alarm senses a fire or smoke, it activates loud alarms that can easily get people’s attention.
Increases evacuation time and medical assistance
Since it responds fast, it allows rescuers to save more people and to give warning in a head of time.
They are interconnected
If there are multiple smokealarms they are interconnected to ensure all alarms activate at the same time.
Those are just some of the reasons why we use photoelectric smoke alarms.
Just to let you know, Static Electrics only supply or offer all leading brands of smoke alarms. We can supply a system that meets your desired brand, budget or situation. There are big changes on the way to smoke alarm legislation, stay tuned will keep you posted. We also have licensed and certified electricians who can do the job. No system is too big or small, we cover it all. Give us a call now and you won’t regret it!
When you invest your hard earned cash into solar panels it's understandable that you would want them to be running at optimum capability so that you can start to recoup your money. However dust, dirt, garden debris (including leaves and bird droppings) all contribute towards decreasing your overall efficiency by preventing sunlight from reaching the solar cells contained within your panels.
Solar panel cleaning
In fact, it's fair to say that the more dirt, the more inefficient your solar panels will become, but just how inefficient? Experts suggest that a loss of solar energy due tolack ofsolar panel cleaning can decrease efficiency by around 33%, and more for those people who have never cleaned their panels. As it's fast approaching winter in Australia now is a good time to put that right.
When it comes to solar panel cleaning it isn't as difficult as you might think. Arguably if you know how to clean windows you can clean solar panels. The hardest part might actually be accessing them. Assuming that you can reach your panels then you should clean the surface of your panels similarly to how you would clean the surface of your car. This is with a mixture of warm water and a mild liquid detergent. Firstly brush off any excess dirt dust and debris, then using a soft brush, dip it in the water and gently scrub, removing any stubborn accumulation of dirt or grime.
In addition if you have any nearby foliage such as trees or hedges then you might also want to make sure that they are trimmed back. Firstly, if allowed to grow they could well impinge on the natural sunlight your panels get, and secondly, if the tree is deciduous, a tree that's been cut back is less likely to shed as many leaves during the winter months and therefore by a law of averages, they're also less likely to end up dropping directly onto your panelling.
So how often should solar panel cleaning be carried out?
The short answer is that there is no defined time scale (say every month or every 3 months). Instead it really does depend upon five main elements and these are:
- Your location – Do you live in an arid or dry area, or do you get plenty of rain to wash any debris away
- The angle of tilt – Panels that are tilted tend to accumulate less debris that those which aren't
- The amount of wind – Wind places and distributes dust and debris far and wide
- Your electricity rate – If the cost of your electric rate is on the high side then it's more advantageous to clean your panels more often than when costs are lower.
- Ease of access – If your solar panels aren't easy to access or you aren't particularly mobile then you mightn't want them cleaned as regularly, particularly if hiring a pro is expensive in your area.
In the main it is worth checking on a monthly basis while also monitoring your electrical production.
However if you'd rather leave it in the hands of capable experts then no problem. At Static Electrics, as well as electrical repair, we also deal with solar power installation and maintenance, including solar panel cleaning.
Why not let us set up a bespoke cleaning and maintenance program to suit your needs. This way you have total peace-of-mind for 365 days a year by knowing that your system is running to it's maximum capabilities.
For further details or if you'd like a free no-obligation quote call Static Electrics on 1300 139 039 today
Many of us in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast welcome the slightly cooler days of autumn but unfortunately this time of year also sees an increase in electrical fires, as people switch on their fires and heaters to keep the chill at bay in the evenings.
When it comes to residential fires, the statistics make pretty grim reading, with approximately 2500 people killed each year and another 500 people losing their lives to the effects of carbon monoxide. Sadly, many of these deaths could have been avoided with the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms throughout the property.
So let's take a look at the different types of smokealarms which you could use in your home to help protect yourself and your family.
Ionizing smoke alarms
These types of alarm will detect the presence of flames from cooking fires or from burning paper but they're not so adept at detecting a smouldering fire from say, a burning mattress or couch. Unfortunately, because these alarms often nuisance trip, if you burn the toast for example or add oil to a hot pan, many people disable them.
These particular smoke alarms respond faster to an early fire which is still in the smouldering stage because of the fact that they're more alert to the combustion particles which emanate from slow smouldering fires, which often occur when people are asleep in their beds at night.
Dual Sensor alarms
These include both photoelectric and ionization sensors which should give homeowners adequate warning of a smouldering fire or one with active flames, providing you with superior protection.
Carbon Monoxide alarms
This highly toxic gas is silent and odourless and can render a person unconscious in an instant. The greatest cause of death through carbon monoxide is through faulty gas heaters.
Vibrating and strobe alarms
If you're hard of hearing then you may struggle to hear alarms, especially if you're on your own at home. However, there are specialist alarms which can be placed beneath your pillow and which contain a vibrating pad and strobe light which are activated if your smoke alarm sounds.
Safety in numbers
To provide even greater protection it's advisable to have all of your firealarms linked and this means that they'll all emit simultaneous sounds when triggered, giving you an earlier warning of danger and a longer response time.
If your house isn't equipped with smoke and fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms then in the event of a fire or carbon monoxide leakage, your family could be in severe danger. Why take the risk when for a relatively small outlay you can have alarms installed to give yourself and your family peace of mind.
If you need advice or help with the installation of smoke alarms in your home, then give us a call and we'll send round one of our electricians. Call us today on 1300 139 039.
It's fair to say that the law is relatively black and white when it comes to Do It Yourself electrical work. In essence, if the job entails much beyond changing a light bulb, then it needs to be carried out by a licensed electrician.
Just to give you a further idea, here are 5 occasions when you really do need to be hiring an electrical contractor.
Home wiring for a new construction
If you're fortunate enough to be building your own home then an experienced electrical contractor can work with your builder to create a plan that works for you and one that provides sufficient and adequate electricity throughout your new home. This could include telephone wiring, data cabling, and security system cabling too.
Revamping old wiring
If you're looking to modernise your home and need to put in extra plug points or upgrade your existing electrical supply then this is the perfect time to contact an experienced electrical trades person who can come and do the work. You may even want to increase the electrical capacity of your home to make it fit with modern day living and the right electrical contractor will be able to help with all of this.
Falling trees, broken fence panels, or major gusts of wind can cause damage to the exterior of your home resulting in a loss of power. If the problem isn't that the trip switch has done its job and... well... tripped, then it's definitely a job for a licensed electrical engineer. The problem mightn't be as simple as you think so call in the experts and leave it to them.
Upgrading your lighting
Whether you're installing the latest recessed, track, or outdoor lighting then an experienced electrical engineer should be able to carry out the work quickly, safely, and cost-effectively. They can also provide suggestions and solutions which you may not have even thought about.
Finally, if you notice problematic signs that might mean that you have faulty wiring such as lighting that constantly dims, plugs that get hot, charring around plug points or frayed wiring, then it's well worth calling an electrical engineer to investigate the problem. They will know just where to look and therefore can get to the root cause of the problem quickly without it costing you the earth.
Static Electrics are fully licensed and highly reputable electricians who have been operating on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane since 1986. All work is guaranteed and we offer 100% customer satisfaction or your money back.
If you reside or run a business on the Sunshine Coast or Brisbane and would like to enquire about any of our services, or get a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us directly on 1300 139 039 today.
If there's one thing we're completely dependent on in this day and age and that's electricity. It's at the heart of everything we do. From the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed we're surrounded by it. In fact it's probably hard to imagine life without electricity.
However as incredible as electricity is, it's also one of the major causes of household deaths in Australia. As responsible electricians and parents ourselves we felt that it would be a good idea to share some of our hints and tips on the best ways to teach your kids to understand the dangers that it can present and more importantly, how to be safe around it.
Tip 1 - Make them aware of the dangers as early as you can
Children pick up all sorts of information from a very early age and even though they might not fully understand how electricity can cause an injury they can be made aware that it's not to be played with. If you see your child start reaching out for the plug socket, then now is the time to make them aware.
Tip 2 - Show them how switches and plugs work
When they get a little older say 5 or 6 it's worth spending time showing them in simple terms how switches and plugs work. Explain how electricity is carried around the home and how when an appliance is plugged in, it uses the electricity to function.
Tip 3 – Plugging and unplugging an appliance
If you're happy that you child is old enough, then teach them how to plug in an appliance both safely and correctly. It's always best to do it with them first, then watch as they do it. If the socket has an isolation switch, then explain that it's always best to make sure that it's in the off position before they attempt to plug anything in or take anything out.
Tip 4 – Damaged or loose wiring
Also point out the dangers of loose or damaged wiring and what to look for. In addition make it clear never to touch it and instead to seek out an adult should they come across the situation.
Tip 5 – Electricity and water
Explain the dangers of touching sockets, but particularly with wet hands. You can also purchase child-friendly plastic covers for all your sockets until you're confident that they won't try to be as inquisitive when they come across an open socket.
Educating your kids about the dangers of electricity and how they can be safe around it is vitally important and more often than not, the earlier you start the better.
If you'd like us to do a safety inspection of your home, or if you have any further electrical problems you need addressing, then don't hesitate to contact Static Electrics experienced electricians on 1300 139 039 today.
With summer fast approaching you may already have turned on your air conditioning a couple of times, marking the start of what is for some the beginning of a number of high electricity bills. It's not all doom and gloom, however, since you can save money on your bills by utilising ceiling fans if you already have them.
The average air conditioner unit uses around 3,500 watts of energy when it's running whereas a ceiling fan only uses 600 watts, even when it's running on high.
So were you to use your ceiling fans all day long and cut down on using your air conditioning, even if for just 30 minutes a day, you could save money over time. We're going to show you some tricks you can employ by tinkering around a little with your ceiling fans which will help to lower your electricity usage and increase your savings.
Adjust the direction of your fan's blades
The majority of fans have a clockwise and anticlockwise setting which are applicable for differentseasons. Sometimes it can be difficult to figure out which setting you need because this depends on how the blades are aligned, and this can vary from one model to another. An easy to way to check for a summer setting is to stand immediately below your fan and turn it on. If you feel a breeze then your fan is in the 'summer' setting which is usually clockwise. If you don't feel a breeze check for the button which switches the blades in the other direction. During the hot summer months you should have your fan set on high with the air blowing downwards directly beneath the fan. By doing this you'll benefit from the most air movement in the centre of your room and a breeze that feels cool on the skin.
Set your thermostat's temperature higher
If you're going to have your ceiling fans running all day on a hot summer's day then set the temperature on your thermostat a few degrees higher. Your fan doesn't actually create cooler air itself but it helps make you feel cooler by circulating the cool air more efficiently. It also creates a breeze effect which makes your room feel cooler than it actually is.
Turn your fans off when you leave the house
Some air conditioning units have a programmable thermostat which let you turn your air conditioning on and off depending on when you'll be at home. Most ceiling fans, however, don't have this facility so it's up to you to turn them on and off yourself. Doing this is important because it can lead to large savings. Get into the ritual of turning off your lights, turning off your fans, and locking the door when you leave home, and you won't forget this important task.
Practically any home can be made more energy efficient with a few ceiling fans if you don't already have them. Here's a few things to look out for when choosing a ceiling fan:
- Ignore any fan with a blade angle of less than 12% as it is more decorative than functional
- Unless your room is really well lit, purchase one with a light assembly
- Buy the size of fan which matches the size of your room
- Budget for installation unless you're planning to do it yourself
If you'd like advice about ceiling fans or need a hand to install them, then get in touch with Static Electrics on 1300 139 039. With over 28 years of experience in the industry we offer an efficient, professional, and affordable electrical services.
While it's true that commercial fridges and freezers are essential in restaurants, supermarkets, and fast food outlets they can cost a lot of money to run. Typically as these large appliances operate around the clock to keep items cold or frozen, fridges consume around 17,000 kilo-watts of electricity while freezers consume around 38,000 kilo-watts. This usually results in high electricity bills.
The main issue for businesses is that when large scale appliances such as these don't run at optimum capability they are in effect working harder to produce the same results. This in turn leads to higher energy bills. With this in mind here are 6 ways that businesses can optimise their coolers and reduce their utility bills.
Careful control of anti-sweat heaters
Anti sweat heaters are used in a commercial setting to prevent condensation and frost build up on glass doors. The problem is that if they're left on permanently they can seriously hike up your energy outputs. For this reason you might want to ensure adaptive controls are installed which automatically detect when heating is needed and cuts the power when not.
Check seals are fully working
Door gaskets and seals can be problematic from time to time and a leaking seal can cause warm air to enter refrigeration compartments if not working correctly. This not only results in energy waste, but it might mean spoilt food too. Therefore ensure all seals and gaskets are serviceable at all times
Ensure coils are dust-free
You'll also want to ensure your cooler is free from dust, particularly the coils. Cleaner coils optimises the heat transfer within the system and therefore expend less energy.
Ensure proper airflow
Commercial fridges and freezers aren't exactly small and therefore take up a lot of space. Despite this, it's important to make sure that the unit has a good degree of airflow circulation running around it. If airflow is limited the heat exchange coils can't function properly and it will result in wasted energy.
Install motion sensor lighting
How many times have you gone into your walk-in fridge or freezer to find that someone has left the light on? In order to avoid this and save on your energy bills consider installing motion sensor lighting that automatically switches on when someone enters and switches off again after they leave.
If you operate open refrigerated cases you might want to think about installing night curtains. This helps keep any unnecessary cool refrigerated air from escaping during non-business hours.
So there you have it, 6 tips to reduce your energy bills for commercial fridges and freezers.
As well as offering expert advice, here at Static Electrics we also fix and maintain commercial fridges and freezers. With over twenty tears of experience within the industry our highly skilled team can detect and repair any problem fast. If your commercial fridge is costing you a small fortune to run and you aren't sure why, then contact us today on 1300 139 039 and put us to the test.
So you've decided to go green and invest in solar panels. After all it sounds easy enough? Simply have them installed and watch as your energy bills go from hundreds of dollars per month to virtually zero.
While this is good in practice, the truth is shoddy or incorrect installations are a big problem. To prove a point, in a recent audit carried out in New South Wales, 658 panels were inspected and surprisingly 19% (122) of those had major installation defects. What's more a staggering 63.5% (418) had minor defects.
To avoid your solar panels being part of this alarming statistic, here are 4 common mistakes you really need to avoid.
Mistake number 1 – Not considering your locale
While it may seem bizarre to those in the trade, one of the biggest mistakes when erecting solar panels is not knowing the difference between north and south.
Okay, so that's not strictly true but some installers will put up panels without really knowing the best direction to maximise the greatest amount of sunshine.
That's a concern for any customer because if the panels are placed in the wrong position, they simply won't get a return on their investment.
Mistake Number 2 – Not Installing a large enough system
People might think that they can install smaller non-grid systems to power larger items that use the largest amount of electricity. These include things such as refrigerators and air conditioning.
While it's understandable that they might think this way, the fact of the matter is that fridges and air conditioner systems are the biggest users of power in most homes. Therefore a solar panel system that isn't attached to the grid will have trouble powering these elements.
If you are considering having an off-grid installation to save money, consider wiring it up to smaller items such as computers, lighting, or your TV.
Mistake number 3 – Not moisture proofing cabling
It's considered that the standard longevity for a solar panel system is around 25 years. That's only if important elements such as cabling and connectors are moisture proofed. When they aren't it could potentially shorten the life of the system from decades to just a few years.
Installers need to make sure that any cabling installed is well protected and carries a high temperature rating.
Mistake Number 4 - Not calling in the professionals
In reality, solar installation is only as good as its weakest link.
Most of these problems can be avoided by using quality parts fitted by a reputable solar professional who understands the intricacies of the project.
A professional solar installer is likely to test every aspect of your solar power system once fitted to make sure it's running at optimum levels. These are factors that a common or garden electrician looking to turn a quick buck might miss. While hiring the latter may save you money in the short-term, it will most definitely cost you in the long-term.
If you're considering installing solar panels, then you might want to contact Static Electrics. Our highly-skilled fully-licensed team have successfully installed solar panel systems for a wide variety of domestic and commercial clients, so we have the experience and the know how to carry out a great job. Why not contact us on 07 5445 8305 for a free, no obligation quote?
With the price of electricity constantly soaring it's hardly surprising that we're often asked by our customers to suggest ways in which they can lower electricity bills. In most houses the kitchen is the hub of the home and as such is filled with energy guzzling appliances. Therefore, in order to make some significant savings, we've put together a few tips for you to follow in this busy room.
Make sure your appliances are in the right position
The placement of your kitchen appliances is one way in which you can keep your energy bills down, and yet it's a factor which is often overlooked.
Never place your refrigerator directly next to your dishwasher because as the dishwasher gets hot it will cause the fridge to kick in to maintain its low temperature, thus using more energy.
In addition be sure to leave a gap of at least 4 inches behind your refrigerator so that the air can circulate properly around it. Failing to do this can cause your fridge to use more energy.
Purchase energy-efficient appliances
We understand that you may be reluctant to part with an old appliance that is still functioning, after all it's yet another expense. However, most old appliances simply don't function as well as new ones and use more energy, so by replacing them, you can save yourself money in the long run and lower electricity bills.
Your fridge is one of the appliances that uses the most amount of energy in the home so select a new one with the highest star rating. Believe it or not, every star represents a 23% saving on running costs.
Also be sure to choose the right size for your needs. If your fridge is usually only two thirds full then it's probably too large for you. In addition look for brands which offer door alarms, adjustable defrost, and inverter technology.
Don't use the stand-by mode
We all do it, but by leaving appliances in stand-by mode it's actually wasting electricity and costing us more money. Wherever possible turn the appliance off at the plug when not in use to maximise energy conservation. Or if you prefer, use a power strip for all of your appliances and turn that off, when you go to bed.
Use your dishwasher wisely
Another easy way to conserve energy in the kitchen is to be more mindful of the way you use your dishwasher. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Don't use the dishwasher until it is full
- Always choose the economy setting
- Don't bother with the rinse-hold setting for tableware which is lightly soiled
Follow these tips where they apply in other rooms too, and you should see lower electricity bills. Meanwhile if there's any way we can help you with electrical problems in your home, then please don't hesitate to contact Static Electrics experienced electricians on 1300 139 039.
With the summer in full swing and the mercury rising, many people in Brisbane rely heavily on their air conditioner units in order to maintain a certain degree of comfort, whether this at home or at work. For this reason it pays to keep them in not only good working order, but also running cost effectively. With this in mind, here are 7 top tips that you can use to make sure that your air conditioning system is running at optimum levels.
Cleaning the air conditioner filters
A clear filter can improve the running capacity of your air conditioner unit by up to 15%. If you imagine a vacuum cleaner that's full of dirt and debris, it isn't likely to be of much use as it looses suction. The same goes for an A/C filter. However in addition, when air flows through a clogged filter it may carry dust and debris with it, which could then hinder the ability of the evaporator coil to absorb heat. With this in mind look at calling in the pros to get it cleaned as per recommended manufacturers instructions.
Keep immediate area clear
Top tip number two is to keep the immediate area around your A/C unit clear from furniture, clutter, plants, and shrubs. If you have planting, make sure it's trimmed back so that it's at least one metre away. Doing so will increase the air flow capacity so you feel the benefit of it when you switch it on.
Keep your unit clean
When the unit is situated on an outside wall dirt and debris can build up around the fins. This causes the unit to work much harder than it needs to. What's more, overgrown branches can obstruct the fins so that they stop working altogether; so switch off the unit, trim back any visible branches, and wash the fins down with a damp cloth.
Replacing the fuses
If you don't want your A/C unit to stop functioning when you need it most you might want to change the fuses on an annual basis. You may want to call in a professional electrician to do this task, but if you're a handyman then it's a pretty easy job to do. Firstly turn off the units circuit breaker, then remove the old fuses from the disconnect box located near to the unit itself. Put the new fuses in and turn on the circuit breaker once more.
Setting the right temperature
While it's true that personal preferences differ the optimum setting for an A/C unit is 25 degrees. For every degree that you lower (eg 23 or 21 degrees) to keep cool it costs you more money. Some say as much as 10% more. For this reason it's always best to use A/C units in conjunction with ceiling fans. These are minimal to run and will help circulate the cooler air throughout your home.
Schedule professional maintenance in the off season
By organising annual maintenance you can be sure that your air conditioning is going to be in tip top condition come the time you need to use it. A professional will check all the various working parts to make sure that they're in good working order and replace the parts that aren't. After all, you probably wouldn't run your car year after year without a service because sooner or later it's going to let you down, right? The same goes for your A/C units.
Energy proof your home
Similarly to heat, cool air can escape from several different areas within the home such as under doors, through single pane windows, and of course poorly insulated walls. Why not book a home energy audit to check just how energy efficient your home is.
So there you have it! 7 top tips to keeping your A/C unit running in top condition.
If you're considering giving your air conditioning units a service or you'd simply like a quick inspection to make sure that everything is okay, then contact Static Electrics. As well as dealing with electrical installations, replacements and repairs for people and businesses in and around the Sunshine Coast, we also maintain and service A/C units.
Contact us on 07 5445 8305 to get a free no-obligation quote today and let us show you what we can do.
As much as we all enjoy long hot summer days it's equally as nice to have a cool home in which to escape from the searing heat should it become too much. However, apart from keeping the air conditioning on all day and running up a huge electricity bill, what other options are there?
We've put together a list of things that you can do to keep the inside of your home cool, so read on to find out more.
Heat from the outside can easily get into your house through cracks and gaps in the external walls, ceiling, and floor, so make sure these are all sealed to prevent that from happening.
If it doesn't pose a security risk then fling open your windows at night and this will cool your house substantially.
Only use cooling systems as and when you need them. This means turning off A/C units when you leave the house and closing doors to rooms which aren't in use.
Close your shutters, curtains, and outdoor window shades to shut out the sun and keep the heat out and the cool in
Make sure that your air conditioning unit is the right size for your room. If it's too small it won't cool down your room and if it's too large it will result in inconsistent temperatures and higher running costs.
Use fans wherever you can instead of air conditioning units. They're much cheaper and they produce a pleasant breeze.
Ideally your air con temperature should be set between 23-26º during the summer months. By lowering the temperature by just one degree it can cut the power you use by as much as 15%.
Make sure that you invest in a timer or programmable thermostat for your air conditioning so that you come home from work to a cool house without having had the A/c running all day long.
If the weather forecast predicts a really hot day then turn on your air con before your home gets really hot.
Finally, remember to dress appropriately to keep cool by wearing natural materials like cotton and linen.
If you haven't run your A/c units in a while then be sure to check them out before we hit the height of summer. There's nothing worse than your air con not working just when you need it the most. If you need your units servicing or repairing then give Static Electrics a call on 07-5445-8305 and we'll respond as quickly as we can.
Now the September days and nights are thankfully warming up, summer's just around the corner and this means making more use of your outside space, particularly in the evenings. For many people this means plenty of al-fresco dining, but to make the most of the whole experience you need effective outdoor lighting.
Ideally your lighting should serve to enhance your terrain by subtly lighting up certain aspects or features rather than looking like a airport runway or being lit up like a floodlit football pitch. So with this in mind, just how do you use your outdoor lighting to give the best effect?
Think low voltage
The first thing to remember is that your lighting doesn't have to illuminate your entire neighbourhood for a dramatic effect. In fact in this case, less is definitely more. Think subtle, think tranquil, think low voltage. While you might not think that a low voltage system is adequate for your needs remember the headlights of your car run on a simple battery.
Don't make the lighting fixture the main focal point
When thinking about outdoor lighting consider up-lighting a feature or element such as a tree or rock and making it the star of the show. Place the lighting in a concealed place so as it's not on show and for real effect, go for coloured lighting for that subtle hue.
Add a touch of drama
If you're looking to replant this spring then choose plants that create a real impact when lit up. Small palms for example reflect the light really well, or why not add some box hedging or rockery planting to add a real touch of drama.
Don't forget your water feature
If you're lucky enough to have a pond or a water feature in your garden then how about showing it off with some LED ring lights. Alternatively add some fountain lights for dramatic effect.
Make pathways the last thing you light up
By leaving your pathways till last you can see at a glance what works in your garden and what doesn't. Have a play around with your outdoor lighting until it gives the wow factor you're after. Once you're happy, then it's only at this point should you think about illuminating walkways and pathways.
If you need further ideas on how to make the very best of illuminating your outside space or indeed need an experienced electrician to help you give your garden the wow factor it really deserves then contact Static Electrics. We've been helping residents and business all along the Sunshine Coast for many years and as such have the skills to help you with even the most complex of tasks.
To get a free, no obligation quote contact us today on 07 5445 8305. We look forward to hearing from you.
Okay so the long hot days of summer seem a long way off, but now is the time to think about making sure that your air conditioning unit is in tip top condition. After all - who wants to press the remote or flick the switch on a wilting summer day to suddenly find that their air conditioner doesn't work?
Moreover an A/C unit that isn't functioning to full capacity is likely to cost you far more in units of electricity. So it really is worth doing. With this in mind, here are 5 top tips that will guarantee your A/C unit is fired up and working to optimum capacity just when you need it most.
Replace or clean the filters
As you can imagine your A/C unit collects a lot of dust, debris, and dirt particles and these sit in the filter. If you have a clogged filter, then like a vacuum cleaner, it just won't function properly, but not only this, you'll also be pumping dust straight back into your home. To change the filter, simply open the panel and clean the dust from the grill using a damp cloth. If the filter is disposable, then throw the old filter into the bin and replace it with a new one. If it's a permanent one then give it a good clean making sure there are no signs of further debris and replace.
Cleaning condenser coils.
The condenser unit is the part that's typically located outdoors and resembles a large grill inside a metal box. Typically this can get clogged up with leaves, insects, and other particles, all of which can hinder the efficiency of your unit. To clean it gently rub over the coils with a soft brush making sure the area is free from debris. You might also want to use a small handheld vacuum to suck up any stubborn particles of debris.
Clear drain valve area
Scoop any leaves and debris that have accumulated at the base of the condenser and make sure the drain area is clear too.
Check coolant lines for damage or decay
Typically the refrigerant tubes or pipes are usually covered with a foam layer to keep them cool. If there are any areas where the foam id frayed, missing, or decaying then it needs replacing.
Once you're happy that your A/C unit is free from dust, dirt, leaves, and debris then it's time to test it. Give it a thorough run through to make sure that your units are running at optimum capacity and cool the room down to the right temperature quickly. If after doing this you feel that the unit still isn't functioning as well as it should then you might want to call upon the services of a professional company.
At Static Electrics we offer flexible maintenance and repair programs to make sure that your A/C units are functioning great, just when you need them most. For a competitive quote pick up the phone and call 07 5445 8435 today.
If you happen to live in an older property you'll already be aware of the extra attention that it needs. This is especially true when it comes to your electrics. The trouble is that many properties still contain old wiring which can become faulty at any time. When wiring becomes faulty it can cause all sorts of problems and if left undetected the results can be devastating. You'd think then that bad wiring would be easy to spot, but unfortunately it isn't.
That said, there are some clues if you know what to look for. Here are 4 signs that you may have bad or faulty wiring in your home.
Circuit breakers or fuses tripping out
Circuit breakers are installed as a safety measure and will cut the power as soon as there's a surge or dip in electrical power. If you're constantly having to reset your trip switch then there could be an underlying problem, namely faulty wiring or a bad connection.
Have you ever noticed that your lights flicker or dim when you switch then on? Although good wiring rarely causes this problem it can happen from time to time. That said, if it happens frequently, then it's a distinct possibility that you have a faulty wiring issue.
Are your electrical sockets fighting back?
One of the most obvious and painful ways of knowing that you have faulty wiring is when you touch a socket and get a small electric shock. This is definitely a clear indication that all isn't as it should be and as a result you should call in a master electrician immediately.
If you've ever experienced a short that's caused a brief burn then you might not be able to notice it but one thing's for sure, you'll definitely be able to smell it. An electrical burn can cause a distinct acrid smell which lingers for hours. If you take a closer look you might see tell-tale signs of charring around the sockets and switches. If you experience any of these things then it's important to isolate the power immediately and call out the professionals.
It's worth pointing out that household electrical fires are a big problem and in Queensland alone in 2011, 27 people lost their lives in fires caused by faulty electrical wiring, most of which was old and needed replacing.
If you do reside in an older property and have never had a wiring check then you should contact Static Electrics. Our electricians carry out in-home safety audits where we examine all electrical appliances and switches and install circuit breakers where necessary.
Don't leave it until it's too late contact Static Electrics today and get total peace-of-mind for you and your family. Call us on 07 5445 8435 to book yours.
We could all do with a bit of advice now and then, especially when it comes to saving money, so if your electricity bill is eating up large chunks of your income, then we need to talk to you about power saving tips. The truth of the matter is that by simply taking charge and being accountable for the electricity you expend, you'll save yourself a heap of cash.
Sounds easy right? Well in theory it is. Let's take a closer look at exactly how you can do that and make your home more energy efficient.
Natural cooling and heating rocks
If you don't want to ramp up your electricity costs then make the most of natural cooling and heating. Firstly if you don't have ceiling fans you're missing out on a trick. They have the ability to move those natural cooling breezes around the room and what's more they're extremely cheap to run. During the really hot spells, keep windows and doors closed where possible and during the winter months open blinds, shutters, and curtains on sun-facing windows to make use of the warm air. In addition invest in thicker curtains and draft excluders to keep the warmth in.
Make use of the proper heating system
During the winter months many people waste money by installing the wrong heating system. For instance in smaller areas as a study or bathroom then smaller strip heaters should do the same job as a larger heating system which burns more electricity. Alternatively for larger areas, then how about opting for zoned-area heating. This way you're not wasting money heating up areas you aren't currently using.
Switch it off
In this day and age we have so many gadgets such as DVD players, computers, stereos and TV's, all of which have a stand-by setting. You might not be aware that even when these appliances are left on stand-by, they still burn electricity. To prove a point, recent studies have shown that a family who regularly switch off all their appliances can expect to make a saving on their electricity bill of around 10%. Who wouldn't want that?
Is your home correctly insulated?
Not only does a correctly insulated home keep you warmer in the winter because it stops the heat from escaping, it can also slash your energy bills considerably. In some cases by up to 40%! For this reason professionally installed insulation for your home is most definitely worth the initial expense as in the long term it's going to save you money.
Opt for LED Lighting
Yes LED lighting is more expensive to buy initially but they give off less heat meaning that they expend less energy. What's more an average LED light has a life expectancy of up to 50,000 hours.
So there you have it, 5 ways that you can take accountability and slash your electricity bills. Here at Static Electrics our electricians offer a free in home energy evaluation service to residents in and around the Sunshine Coast, so why not contact us on 07 5445 8305 to find out more.
You've probably heard of the term “Test and Tag” but just to be sure that all our customers understand the importance of this procedure, and how it can prevent unnecessary and unfortunate accidents from taking place, we thought it would be a good idea to focus this latest blog on the subject.
So what exactly is Test and Tag?
We live in a world where we are heavily reliant on electrical appliances to make our lives easier and in some cases, safer, as well as to inform and entertain us. Unfortunately without due care being paid to the safety of such appliances and devices accidents can and do happen, and in many cases these could have been avoided had those products been tested and tagged.
Only licensed technicians can carry out test and tag which involves visually inspecting electrical products as well as carrying out electrical tests on in-service equipment to prevent injury to anyone. Equipment includes portable appliances as well as fixed equipment, depending on the manner in which it is connected to a source of electricity.
What a Test and Tag Program consists of:
- A visual inspection to check for any obvious problems
- A series of electrical tests to ensure the item is safe
- Tagging of equipment to show users that it has been passed as safe in compliance with AS/NZS 3760:2010 together with the date on when the item should be tested again
- Provision of a Log Book and Detailed Asset Register
Why you should get your electrical equipment tested and tagged?
Prevention is always better than the consequences of dealing with an accident or fatality and by maintaining a regular plan of preventative maintenance along with electrical checks, you know that you've done all you can to prevent accidents from occurring and from any legal claims which follow. You'll enjoy peace of mind knowing that your family, staff and colleagues are safe. Furthermore it keeps all appliances, tools and office equipment in perfect working order, which can save you money in the long run.
What sort of items need to be tested?
Practically any item which needs plugging into a power point both either in the home or the workplace should be inspected on a regular basis. These include such things as:
- Office equipment and computers
- Hand held, portable, and stationary items
- Flexible cords of fixed equipment
- Smoke Detectors
- Emergency and Exit lights
- RCD's (Residual Current Devices)
- Power boards and cord extension sets
If your electrical appliances have never been tested and tagged, or they are approaching their due date for repeat testing, then our electricians can help. As a family owned business operating since 1986, we have a team of highly experienced, customer focused electricians.
Call us today on 5445 8305 for more information or to enquire about any of our services. We look forward to hearing from you.
According to a recent report commissioned by the Australian government it was found that 15 people are killed and over 300 hospitalised each year due to electrical accidents within the home. Home electrical faults are also the number one cause of house fires too. Although it's now a current requirement to fit safety switches to power sockets in new build homes, many older homes (around 40%) in certain states just don't have them. Although it's fair to say that the government could do more to change these figures, homeowners could also do more to ensure that they remain electrically safe. With this in mind, here are 5 tips to take on board that can improve electrical safety in the home.
Tip 1 - Carry out regular checks
You don't have to be a qualified electrician to be able to carry out regular checks on your electrical system. On the contrary you just need to recognise the signs that there might be a potential problem. Blackening around the sockets, burning smells when you plug an appliance in and frayed wiring can all cause potential accidents so as soon as you spot a problem, call out the professionals who can sort it out.
Tip 2- Never overload sockets
One of the most dangerous problems is a socket that's overloaded. If for instance you have extension cables plugged directly into other extension cables, it's likely to exceed the maximum current rating for that socket and may even cause it to overheat. Instead, and as a general rule of thumb, use only one extension lead per socket.
Tip 3 – Fit double sockets
If you have to replace sockets or fit new ones, always fit double sockets. This will reduce the need for multi-socket adaptors and extension leads
Tip 4 – Fit an RCD
If your property doesn't have a Residual Current Device (RCD) it's highly recommended that you get one or possibly two installed. An RCD is basically a safety device that prevents electrocution. They're generally fitted at the meter box and will immediately cut the flow of electricity should there be a power surge. Just like a smoke alarm, they also have a button that can be tested periodically.
Tip 5 – Change old wiring
If your home contains black rubber wiring, then chances are that it's over 40 years old. If this is the case, then it needs changing. Most rubber compounds become brittle with age and rubber wiring is no exception, as a result it could be an accident waiting to happen.
If you need more advice on how to keep your home electrically safe or would like to hire the services of a skilled master electrician to help you to enact any changes then our electricians are waiting for your call. Having been in the industry for many years, our technicians have the ability to tackle any electrical problems. Contact our Sunshine Coast office on 07 5445 8305 and let us show you what we can do.