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Tips To Survive Winter

Tips To Survive Winter

Winter Has Arrived! Now that our temperatures have been dropping to the single digits keeping warm in winter can often be challenging. Besides your obvious solutions like dressing in multiple layers, wearing slippers etc.. we want to share a couple of solutions that could make you more comfortable. Heat Lamps Heat lamps are a great addition to the bathroom. No one likes getting out of a warm shower into a freezing bathroom. A heat lamp will take that unwanted chill on those winter mornings. There are several different models but our most popular is the one pictured which is a 3 in 1 heat, light and exhaust fan. Reverse Cycle Air Conditioning Reverse cycle air conditioning  can be the perfect all year round solution to keeping warm in winter and cool in summer. With technology always improving air conditioners are now more efficient then ever and with built in timer functions you can now set it to run when necessary which will help with your power bill. There are also a number of rebates available!  get in touch with us to discuss your air conditioning installation Sunshine Coast needs. Contact us today for a free quote Call...
New Government Rebate!

New Government Rebate!

As of January the 1st 2018 in an attempt to reduce energy costs the Queensland Government has released 20 million dollars of incentives for people that purchase air conditioners with a 4 star energy rating! This means that along with Energex’s Peak Smart incentive you can get a whopping $500 cash back. Contact us today to learn more. CONTACT FORM...
Job Opportunity – Qualified Electrician

Job Opportunity – Qualified Electrician

Due to current demands we are seeking a qualified electrician to join our team. The current position on offer is casual with the opportunity for a full time position after probation. Requirements: QLD electrical workers licence QLD drivers licence Blue or white card Hand tools Own reliable transport Experience in new house wiring and air conditioning installations would be desirable. Successful applicant will need to have the ability to work by themselves or in a small team including supervising apprentices. No phone calls please, email resumes through to...
Winter is over!

Winter is over!

As winter has now come to an end and things on the Sunshine Coast are starting to heat up, now is the time to book in for your air conditioning installation before the summer rush! Weather it is a simple reverse cycle split system air conditioner for your bedroom or a fully ducted air conditioning system for your house, here at Act Right Electrical on the Sunshine Coast we can supply and install quality brands while promising quality workmanship. Energex is still offering cashback’s of up to $400 for new installations, if you’d like to find out more about the Energex Peaksmart Cashback Incentive give us a call or click here. CALL...
How to prevent your house from Electrical Fires

How to prevent your house from Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are caused mainly by either faulty house wiring or appliance failure. However, many do occur due to mistakes that homeowners make like overloading electrical outlets or extension cords. In order to prevent injury to yourself or to a loved one. Here are the 5 most common causes of electrical fires: Most electrical fires are caused by faulty electrical outlets along with old, outdated appliances. Other fires are started by faults in appliance cords, power points and switches. Never use an appliance with a worn or frayed cord! Running cords under rugs or mats is another cause of electrical fires. Removing the earth prong from a cord so it can be used in a 2 prong outlet can also cause a fire. Each appliance is rated at a specific amperage and earth are needed. Light fittings, lamps and light bulbs are a cause of electrical fires. Always check the maximum wattage of the fitting when replacing a bulb. Never place any materials directly on top or over a lampshade. The material heats up and can ignite, causing a fire. Misuse of extension leads can also lead to an electrical fire. Never leave an appliance plugged into an extension lead for a long period of time. Always try and plug your appliance directly into sockets. If need be hire an electrician to install more sockets. Space heaters are the most often cause of electrical fires. This is due to them being placed too close to combustible items such as curtains, beds, chairs etc. Always keep plenty of distance from your heater to any items. Outdated wiring is also a...
Solar, how to keep your 44c Tariff rebate

Solar, how to keep your 44c Tariff rebate

If you are one of the lucky ones who applied for the Queensland Solar Bonus Scheme before 10 July 2012 you will currently be receiving 44c for every kW your system produces and you will keep receiving that right up until 1 July 2028 (yes that’s right there is an expiry) Unfortunately with the guidelines not being clearly explained people have lost this this tariff and ended up on the not so great 8c per kW rebate. Just to make it clear when we throw figures like 44c and 8c around that is what Energex is paying the electricity providers. Different electricity providers will pay you different amounts, for example if you have signed up to a new electricity provider recently you may be getting as little as 6c per kW. Having a rebate of 6c per kW is not ideal at all. In fact it is barely worth having solar installed in the first place. So if you are currently receiving the 44c rebate here are a few tips on how to NOT lose that tariff. Sell or Rent – if you sell or rent your house the new electricity account holder will have to sign up to a new electricity account and they will not receive the 44c tariff. Move House – If you move house you are not allowed to take your solar system with you which means if you move to a new property with solar or decide to have solar installed on your new property you will not receive the 44c tariff. Disconnection – if for example you forget to pay your bill or...
Energy Efficient Appliances

Energy Efficient Appliances

By purchasing energy efficient appliances households and business can save on their bills, consume less energy and help reduce emissions. But just how much can you save and how exactly do they work. Here’s everything you need to know. Quite simply put the more stars the more you save, use the energy rating label to choose a more efficient appliance. Try not to over-purchase, bigger isn’t always better. Choose the right sized model for your personal needs. Now for how much choosing to by an energy efficient appliance can save you. In the instance of a Television – every additional star is 20% more efficient than the previous. If you want to know how much each appliance is going to cost for you to run per year simply multiply the kWh number on the E3 sticker by your electricity tariff (cents per kWh). Here are the average Australian electricity tariffs for 2015. However, your tariff can vary depending on where you live and what deal you are on so you can check your electricity bill to find out your exact tariff. QLD – 28.48 NSW – 28.66 ACT – 22.1 VIC – 30.10 SA – 31.71 WA – 26.13 NT – 27.23 TAS – 28.66 Example – For a television running in...
Electricity and Children – Safeguarding your home

Electricity and Children – Safeguarding your home

Electrical related injuries to children in Australia are rising and around 80% of them happen in the home. So we’ve compiled a basic checklist and some insight into how and what you need to know to prevent them. The Basics Let’s start with all the the things you can do yourself around the home to protect yourself and your family. Regularly inspect all electrical appliances for faulty switches or frayed/damaged cords and have them repaired or replaced immediately (Never attempt to repair electrical appliances yourself but always have a licensed electrician look at them). Never poke anything into an appliance such as toaster or kettle. Before cleaning appliances make sure they are switched off and unplugged at the wall. Avoid plugging too many appliances into double adaptors or power boards as this can cause fires. Instead have an electrician install some extra power points where needed. When using extension cords outside only use ‘outdoor-rated’ cords and when using them inside avoid running them under rugs or carpets. Always turn the switch off before replacing lightbulbs. Dry your hands before touching any electrical appliances or power points. Have a licensed electrician inspect and install RCD Safety Switches in your home to cut the power in the event of electrocution. Childproofing Babies and children that are too young to teach about the dangers of electricity need to be protected so it’s up to us to child-proof our homes. As most injuries occur in the kitchen and bathroom areas due to their close proximity to water these are areas to pay particular attention to. Here’s what to look out for; Power Outlets...
RCD Electrical Safety Switches

RCD Electrical Safety Switches

RCD’s (Residual Current Devices) or safety switches are designed to cut the power in a fraction of a second in the event of a fault. These life saving devices are not to be confused with circuit breakers, which are in place in most homes but do not protect against electrocution. Whether you’re doing some home renovations or simply using a household appliance at least 15 Australians are killed each year in preventable home electrical accidents and many more are hospitalised. There are 4 main types of RCD’s: Meter box mounted These must be installed by a licensed electrician and are generally located alongside circuit breakers in the main meter box or distribution board of the property. Combination RCD Safety Switches and Circuit Breakers These are great for new builds as they save space in the meter box. Again these are to be installed by a licensed electrician. Portable RCD’s These can be purchased from an electronics store and attach to a power board or extension lead and only protect the circuits of appliances connected to them. Power Point RCD’s Are fitted to a power point and can be distinguished by the test button on the face plate. They must be fitted to the first power point after the meter box. It is a law for all houses built after 2000 to have a minimum of two safety switches installed at the main meter box or distribution board. However, between 1992 and 1999 houses only had one RCD installed which will not ensure complete protection for your family. RCD safety switches can be recognised by the test button on front...
5 Tips to save on your electricity bill

5 Tips to save on your electricity bill

As temperatures keep rising so can our electricity bill. Here’s a few simple tips to help you save money on your future bills. Although some may sound basic when they are all put to use you WILL see a decrease in your spending’s.   The washing machine – Wait until you have a full load of washing rather than doing multiple small loads per week. Use the shortest wash cycle that is needed and make sure you run it on a cold wash cycle. The Refrigerator – This appliance is constantly running so it’s important that it’s running cost effectively. Start by checking the seals to make sure the cold air can’t escape and set your fridge to a temperature of 4 to 5 degrees and freezer to -15 to -18 degrees. Replace old light globes – The old halogen or incandescent light globes use much more power than the new energy-efficient globes so save yourself money by changing them over. Flick it off at the switch – Even when you don’t have a phone plugged into the charger or you’re not boiling the kettle its still using power. Flicking off switches when they aren’t in use could save you up to 10% on your bill. Turn heaters and coolers off when you don’t need them – Do we have to state the obvious? These are amongst the most expensive systems to run so try these tips to keep costs down – keep all windows and doors shut and blinds closed, close internal doors and only use it in the rooms that are occupied..and if you leave the room...
Energex Peak Smart Cashback Initiative

Energex Peak Smart Cashback Initiative

There is no better time to purchase an air conditioner for your home or business. Energex is offering up to $400 cashback with their new peaksmart initiative. It is a simple 3 step process. You contact us. We provide you with a free quote for installation which includes an eligible high quality Mitsubishi air conditioning system. You accept the quote, we install the system including all electrical, fill out the appropriate forms you need to lodge for your cashback! Get in fast because the government grant won’t last long! Watch this video to see how the peak smart system works. [] 1 Step 1 FREE QUOTE! Name Email Phone Comments0 / GET MY FREE QUOTE! OR CLICK HERE TO CALL0431 588 808 Previous Next powered by...
One safety switch may not be enough

One safety switch may not be enough

It doesn’t matter if you own or rent, for the sake of keeping of your loved ones safe you should definitely consider having  safety switches installed on all circuits including your lighting circuits. Without these your family and anyone visiting your home is at risk of electric shock. Why risk it? Give yourself peace of mind and contact your electrician to make sure your home is...