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Choosing the Right Electrician

Choosing the Right Electrician

Do you need an electrician? Follow these 3 easy steps to ensure this one is right for you! 1. Does the electrician have the right skill level for the job? This is the most overlooked criteria when selecting the right electrician. Sure they might have a licence but how much experience do they have in this particular task. A good tip to ensure you have the most experienced electrician would be to: – log onto there website (if they have one) and look at there scope of works they deal with. If they don’t specify don’t be afraid to call up directly and ask. 2. Checking credentials In Australia every electrician needs to be licensed to perform any electrical works. This can be searched online with a quick contractors check. Keep in mind that it is also illegal for you to hire an unlicensed electrician. 3. Pricing Most expensive doesn’t always mean the best job! However, you should be wary of a price that appears to low. It can often mean that the contractor is cutting some corners in order to win the job. Its a good idea to get a couple of quotes and make a decision on the criteria mentioned above. If you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact us and we will be happy to...
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...