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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...
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...
Maintaining Your Smoke Alarms

Maintaining Your Smoke Alarms

Testing & Maintaining your smoke alarms We can all feel the temperature dropping on the Sunshine Coast as we enter into the cooler winter months. Its time to bring out those winter woolies and for alot of people a nice and toastie space heater. Saying that this is the most important time of the year to make sure your smoke alarms are tested and are in good working order. Smoke alarms save lives! In Queensland about three quarters of all home fire deaths happen in houses without smoke alarms. Nearly half of all fire deaths happen when people are sleeping. At present the best smoke alarms are the photo electric type where they actually can ‘see’ the smoke by detecting the visible combustion particles in the air. These are also less likely to set off false alarms when cooking etc. Once installed in the correct location the testing part is easy. The battery is to be checked at least once a month by holding in the test button until it sounds. Sometimes a constant beeping sound is heard from time to time this usually means your battery is getting low and needs to be replaced. Here are a few more tips Always keep your smoke alarm clean from dust and other particles. Never paint over your smoke alarm. Always replace your smoke alarm battery once a year. Never remove your smoke alarms batteries. Always replace your smoke alarm when they reach the manufacturers expiry date. If you have any doubt that your smoke alarms are not functioning properly don’t hesitate to contact...
LED Lighting, Why it’s a Must Have

LED Lighting, Why it’s a Must Have

LED, the future of lighting LED lighting is quickly taking over homes and businesses everywhere not only because of the clear bright light they output but also the energy efficiency of them. How efficient are they you may ask? On an average LED bulbs use 20% – 30% of the energy and last 8 – 20 times longer then your traditional incandescent and halogen bulbs. Traditional incandescent bulbs use a lot of energy to produce light and are no longer manufactured, although if you look hard enough you will probably still find them in some shops. 90% of the energy given off in these bulbs is heat meaning that loss of energy is literally money you are throwing away. Lighting generally accounts for about 10% of your electricity bill in your household and that percentage can be a lot higher for some businesses so you can see why everyone is choosing the LED option. If you would like to learn more or receive an obligation free quote to replace your light fitting or bulbs contact us...
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...