Hundreds of Australians are injured every year carrying out electrical work and many of them are unqualified to do so. Here are some instances when a professional electrician needs to be called in.
If lights in the house are flickering or the system is constantly overheating, it could be due to faulty connections in the electrical box. This box contains connections between the electrical circuits in the home and the mains power supply. Tampering with items in the box puts people in danger of a fatal, high voltage shock. That type of work is very dangerous and should only be carried out by a qualified electrical contractor.
Some electrical items must be reviewed and tested by a qualified inspector when used in a challenging workplace environment.
A challenging environment is one that exposes the equipment to potential damage or a shortened life span. This could be due to heat, vibration, chemicals, dust or moisture.
There are a variety of steps people can take to save power around the home. These are some great ways to cut down on energy usage and costs:
1. Turn appliances off at the wall.
TVs, stereos, computers and other devices should be turned off at the wall when they are not being used.
The Federal Government is being warned that its proposed licensing regime for electrical contractors will cost lives.
Master Electricians Australia (MEA) said the proposal would reduce professional standards in the industry and create less safe buildings for electricians, other contractors and home owners. They said that badly done electrical work is a ticking time bomb that will remain undiscovered until a serious incident occurs.
Fixing leaks in a compressed air system can improve energy efficiency by up to 40%.
By reducing leaks and air pressure drops, pressure can be better matched to the needs of the user, saving on energy use and cutting power bills significantly for businesses.
Analysts estimate that users can save 8% on their power bill by decreasing their operating pressure.
While the humble light bulb has been around since 1878, in the last few years it has attracted some major innovators who are transforming it into a connected and personalised item that can predict our movements.
There are now residential lights that can interact and pulse in time with music. There are also lights that can be programmed to illuminate our path from the driveway to our bedrooms for those moments we don’t want to fumble around in the dark. Lighting is now able to be more personalised and responsive than ever before.
Lighting represents as much as 50% of the average business power bill. Companies can therefore save significantly by lighting their business more efficiently.
Installing energy efficient lights can reduce power bills by up to 82%.
The following are some practical steps businesses can take.
Renovators who aren’t qualified electricians should never carry out wiring work or install lights, power points of other electrical infrastructure around the house.
An electrician should also be brought in to do a safety check before any renovations occur.
Any extension leads that are used should be able to handle their expected power demand. Three pronged plugs should always be used as two pronged devices are not earthed and so could be fatal in the event of an electrical fault.
While cars receive electrical maintenance, home pools often don’t, despite being one of the largest purchases people make. Although there is never any question about the need to maintain a car and ensure it is safe to use, homeowners need to take the same vigilant approach with their pools.
Pools have electrical wiring and pipe systems that need to be regularly serviced. Many home owners only contact an electrician when something has gone wrong but this reactive approach places lives at risk.