Keeping Cool While Saving The Environment?
You want to keep cool throughout summer, do you switch on the air-conditioner or do you switch on a ceiling fan?Because of the ever increasing costs of energy and due to your air-conditioner being the most likely highest contributor to energy use at your home, it is unlikely that you can leave it running 24 hours a day unless you have money to burn or have a very good solar system installed.But the humble ceiling fan is an extremely economical way to help cool the home! The ceiling fan works in the same principal as a breeze does; by the movement of air over your skin, this allows your skin to breathe and thus cool you down.What a.Keep Reading
Do I Need A New Switchboard?
Do you have the type of electrical switchboard that has fuses? Have you ever been told that you need to upgrade it? This is a common recommendation from electricians, and there are many reasons why a fuse-board should be upgraded to a new switchboard.Here are a couple of tips to determine when and it is really required or not.A few of the more common reasons why you might need a new switchboard are:When a fuse is blowing when you use more than one or two standard appliances The lights are flickering and you can’t fathom why Your fused switchboard is too small and doesn't suit the modern appliances in your home You want to.Keep Reading
Private Power Poles and You
As many of you would know, the Mundaring/Chidlow fires of 2014 were caused by an improperly maintained private power pole with the resulting fire killing one, and destroying 52 homes. Private power pole, or poles that are on your property that are directly within your property must be inspected every 3-5 years to ensure that they are safe, and are not in danger for falling. Below are a few points that will be helpful in maintaining a safe and fire resistant rural power supply.Point 1If you have a rural power supply, or have your own power poles that feeds your home and/or sheds, have them inspected by an appropriate contractor and/or .Keep Reading
The Big Battle You vs. Synergy vs. Air Conditioning
Power in WA was subsidized by the state government for many years, that is why we are now crying at the actual cost of power generation, which is the unhappy of price of over 24.5 cents per Kw/h. But Australia is an interesting place, where it can exceed 40-odd degrees and people become quite irritable when hot and overheated, but curable with expensive air conditioning, but this upsets you and your accountant.So the fact is that are you hot and irritable enough to turn on the AC, and allow it to motor through the power? Or are you able to withstand the heat, and keep your accounts in check. This is a question only you can answer. But the.Keep Reading
Repair vs Replacement
We have all been there. It’s going to cost $5000 to repair or a brand new one is $5900, or something like that. The questions that surround us are is it worth it to repair it, and sometimes it’s a simple “No.”When we purchase a domestic appliance, for this example I’ll use a split system air conditioner. The manufacturer designs the air conditioner to function for about 5-8 years, any more is a bonus for the heavens. The planned obsolescence is how the manufactures stay in business since you need to buy a new one after that time -- the "nothing is built to last" argument.Some appliances and units have parts that need to be r.Keep Reading
Renewable Energy – A Viable Option
Its common knowledge that saving energy in any form is a good thing, be it energy saving lights or simply not being wasteful with power. But is there something to it? A few cents here and there isn’t much. In fact, it can have a tremendous effect on the amount of power that you use (and pay for) and the amount of CO2 emissions that are produced from the generation of said power.An example of this would be one of the 1.5kw solar systems that is installed on one of the units. The system was installed in June 2012 and the 1.5kw system has produced 6917kw. If that is averaged out at 26c per kw/unit of power, the system has produced $1798.42.Keep Reading