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Having a good idea of how long power outages last will help ensure that you are properly prepared for when the lights go out. At Tamworth Electrician, we understand how important it is to not only properly prepare for a power outage but also to know what to do during a power outage. That is why our expert team has put together some helpful information that will help you during the next power outage.

Common Duration of Power Outages

While most power outages tend to be over as quickly as they begin, more severe power outages can last for days or even weeks. Power outages can be caused by extreme weather conditions—freezing rain, sleet storms, and high winds — which damage powerlines and equipment or by cold snaps or heat waves that overload the power grid.

What to do During a Power Outage?

The first thing you should check during a power outage is whether or not the outage is limited to your home. If your neighbours’ power is still on, make sure to check your circuit breaker panel or fuse box to see if there is a problem. In the event that there is not a problem with a breaker or a fuse, you will need to notify your electric supply company, as the issue could be the service wires leading to your house.

During an extended power outage—whether it is limited to your house or it also affects your neighbours—you should:

  • Turn off all tools, appliances, and electronic equipment and lower thermostats to a minimum to prevent damage from a power surge.
  • Turn off all lights except for one, so that you know when the power has been restored.
  • Avoid opening the fridge or freezer unless absolutely necessary.
  • Never use a charcoal or gas barbecue, camping heating equipment, or home generators indoors because they give off carbon monoxide which is life-threatening.
  • Never leave lit candles unattended or within reach of children and always use proper candle holders.
  • Listen to information on the power outage and advice from authorities on your battery-powered or crank radio.
  • Ensure that your home has a working carbon monoxide detector.
  • Protect sensitive electrical devices, including TVs, computers, and Blu-ray players, with a surge-protecting powerbar.

If you would like to learn more about how long power outages last, or if you are interested in one of our residential electrical services, please contact Expert Electric at 1800 00 2340.

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Problems with Halogen Downlights

1. Heat stress

Halogen downlights can reach internal temperatures of up to 370 degrees! This heats up the light fitting as well as the surrounding space. If the halogen downlights are incorrectly installed too close to insulation or timber in the ceiling, they pose a serious fire risk. A good indicator of heat stress is the discolouration of the fitting or flaking paint. It is common for electricians to find charred timbers in the roof space when upgrading the lighting!

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Burnt halogen transformer caused by heat stress in the roof space

2. Old technology

The transformers in halogen downlights are unreliable and can cause lights to turn on and off randomly. They also operate at a high temperature so they waste a lot of energy in generating heat rather than light.

3. Poor light output

Halogen downlights lose their brightness far more quickly than LED downlights, with a 1-2 year old halogen downlight being only half as bright as when it was first installed!

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Halogen downlights lose their brightness very quickly!

4. Shorter lifespan

Halogen downlights are rated to last up to 8,000 hours. While this might sound like a lot, it isn’t very much when you compare it to the average LED downlight which is rated to last over 40,000 hours!

5. Highly inefficient

Halogen downlights use up to 10 times more electricity than LED downlights. When you add up the number of downlights in your house, they can easily become very expensive to run.

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Halogen lights are 10 x less efficient than LED downlights


Why Upgrade to LED Downlights?

  • Modern LED downlights are safer, more energy efficient, more reliable and longer-lasting
  • Upgrading to LED downlights could save you $18 per year in running costs for each light fitting
  • Halogen downlights are being phased out, so it will get harder to buy replacement globes
  • LEDs have a brighter, longer-lasting light output and now come in various colour options to suit your space
  • Less heat output from LED downlights makes it easier to cool your house down in summer
  • Most LED downlights are fully sealed, so there’s no heat loss in winter through gaps in the ceiling
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SAL Ecogem LED downlights are high quality and come with an Australian warranty

Tamworth Electrician an upgrade your lighting to the latest in energy efficient LED technology. Offering better light output and longer life at a fraction of the running costs compared to traditional fluorescent and incandescent lighting, why would you wait? Tamworth Electrician only installs quality LED downlights that comply with Australian electrical safety standards and come with an Australian warranty.

Call Tamworth Electrician on 1800 00 2340, email contact@tamworthelectrician.com or inbox us on Facebook!

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Your electrical switchboard is the electrical hub of your home. Switchboards often need maintenance and occasionally upgrading inorder to fulfil their role, Tamworth Electrician can maintain and upgrade both residential and commercial switchboards.

What is a Switchboard?

They distribute electricity around your home so when you switch a light on or turn on the TV, they ensure that the right supply of electricity is in the right place at the right time. Modern switchboards also contain safety switches that interrupt the power supply if and when a problem arises. They lower the risk of any electrical fire, while also protecting those within the home who might otherwise be at risk from electrocution should a fault occur. In other words they act as a safety net.


The Problem With Old Switchboards

The problem with older switchboards is that they were built in a time when fewer electrical appliances were used. As a result the devices and equipment that are commonly used in the modern day home may place demands on older boards that can in turn pose both a fire risk and dangerous electrical problems. In addition when there is an electrical overload, older switchboards simply don’t have the safety mechanisms in place to cope because there is no emergency cut-off, so it’s easy to see how old switchboards can be potentially hazardous.

A few of the more common reasons why you might need a new switchboard are:

  1. When a fuse is tripping when you use more than one or two standard appliances.
  2. The lights are flickering and you don’t know why.
  3. Your fused switchboard is too small and doesn’t suit the modern appliances in your home.
  4. You want to install safety switches to protect your family or to comply with regulations for the sale or rental of your property.
  5. You want to install a new air-conditioner and have been told you don’t have enough room on your existing fused switchboard for the new safety switch
  6. The existing fused switchboard has had cabling that has overheated and has burnt out one or more of the fuse holders
  7. A previous owner has put an oversized fuse wire in the fuse holder and has burnt out a wire behind the fused switchboard
  8. You’re about to install solar panels and the installer has asked you to upgrade your fused switchboard to a new circuit breaker switchboard
  9. Your home’s wiring is quite old, you can’t afford a complete rewire but you want the added protection of safety switches and correctly rated circuit breakers

Is it Expensive to Upgrade?

The question is can you really put a price on safety and peace-of mind? When compared to rebuilding you home and replacing all your belongings the costs are undoubtedly minimal. However even without the potential fire risk, the cost of replacing your switchboard is minimal when you compare it to other major electrical renovations.


To organise your switchboard inspection, repair or upgrade contact Tamworth Electrician on 1800 00 2340 or inbox Tamworth Electrician

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Autumn in Tamworth ius a time that we look to reduce our reliance on airconditioning systems and switch to natural ventelation, whislt also gearing up for the chilly winter ahead. There are lots of ways you can prepare your home for the fat approaching winter months to reduce your energy bills and make your living space more comfortable. Here are a few suggestions to consider implementing this autumn in preparation for winter. 

  • Have a look around your home and find ways to retain heat. Suggestions include:
    • Draught proofing your home.
      • HINT: use adhesive foam strips to fill the gap between doors, windows and frames. 
    • Invest in insulation.
    • Curtains
      • Blockout curtains keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer. 
    • Lighting
      • In the darker months, consider switching to energy efficient LED lighting. 
  • Set your cooling to 25 to 27°C. These changes pay off: every degree you increase your heating and cooling increases energy use by around 5 to 10
  • Wear warmer clothes before turning on the heat. 
  • Utilise and setup energy efficient appliances. 
  • Clothes dryers are big energy users, so use clothes racks on verandahs, indoors in your already heated rooms, or outdoors while the good weather lasts.
  • Turn off your gadgets including gaming consoles, desktop computers. 
  • Avoid using heat lamps in bathrooms where possible.
  • In homes with electric hot water, reduce shower times. 

If you want advice from the professionals at Tamworth Electrician, consider a home energy audit. Contact 1800 00 2340 or inbox us at www.m.me/TamworthElectrician for your energy audit. 

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Business and property manager’s are always looking for ways to raise their bottom line. Electricity bills form a huge chunk of monthly expendetures that could potentially be significantly decreased. The team at Tamworth Electrician, your Local Electrician in Tamworth has compiled 7 tips for local business’s to save energy.


1. Update Lighting

  • Save up to 80% in lighting costs. Motion sensors on timers limit the amount of time that light’s are on. This counteracts those forgetful employees when they don’t remember to turn off the lights.
  • LED Lighting uses 60% Less Electricity and Lasts 5000% Longer. Upgrade outdates incandescent bulbs with LED lighting. Checkout our comparison on the lifespan of different lights in our recent blog post: Lifespan of Electrical Components in Tamworth Households.

2. Power Management Settings

Many devices in the office have power management settings that can be applied to save on energy usage.

  • Computers: Configure computer power management settings. Setting computers to shut down at scheduled times can significantly reduce power consumption. Having sleep options and black screen savers configured will also reduce consumption.
  • Devices: ensure other devices sleep mode are configured (such as computer printers).

3. Check Power Management Settings Regularly

Having administrator restrictions on the modification of power management settings will prevent the need for this step. Otherwise, power management settings will need to be checked regularly to ensure they haven’t been altered.


4. Update Server Location

  • Remove the servers and use the cloud. Server rooms are becoming outdated and with high speed internet readily available, cloud storage solutions use significantly less power and space and are generally more reliable.
  • Keep Server Rooms Well Ventilated and Cool: hot servers are inefficient and wear out faster and therefore should be kept cool. Select cool locations for your server to be located, otherwise air conditioning may be required.

5. Keep Motors and Airconditioning Maintained

Every year have your motors and air conditioning cleaned and maintained to ensure they operate at optimum efficiency. Systems that have to work harder to run require signigicantly more energy.


6. Thermostats

  • Keep a Standard Range of Temperature Throughout the Year: Have a central thermostat to keep the temperature in rooms at a consistent temperature throughout the year. Avoid fluctuating temperatures to avoid conflict between staff. Encourage those who run cold to wear a sweater and those that run warm to have a small desk fan.
  • Set Timers: starting cooling before you come into the office in summer allows spaces to be cooled down more easily than turning on systems later in the day to struggle through the heat. Having timers to turn off the heating/cooling systems automatically will reduce energy consumption.

7. Get an Energy Audit

An energy audit will analyse where power usage is significant and offer methods that it can be reduced. Contact Tamworth Electrician to conduct a comprehensive energy audit of your business. Contact us on 0421 359 324 or www.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or email contact@tamworthelectrician.com

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The Energy Rating Label tells you how much electricity an appliance will use. You can compare the running costs of appliances with similar features by comparing their labels. Have a question about Energy Rating Labels? Inbox your questions to receive free answers from your local electrician in Tamworth.

Top 3 Tips from Tamworth Electrician

NOTE: The products you’re comparing need to be of a similar size and have similar features. The kWh figure is based on assumptions about usage. How you use your appliance will affect how much electricity it will use, as will the climate you live in.

1. The More Stars The More Savings

Invest in appliances with higher star ratings. These will use less electricity and cost less to run than other appliances of the same type.

2. Lower Energy Use = More Efficient

Appliances with a similar star rating, compare the usage figure. The lower the usage, the less they will cost to run.

3. More Effient Appliances Save You Money

Appliances that cost less to run will reduce your electricity bill saving you money.

Tamworth Electrician offers home energy audits to save you money! If you would like to invest in a home energy audit contact us today on 0421 359 324 or www.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or contact@tamworthelectrician.com

Source: https://www.energyrating.gov.au/

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A dishwasher often saves you time and cleans your dishes to a higher standard than hand-washing alone. In recent years, they have become a staple in all modern homes but runnings them and replacing them can come at a cost! Your local electrician in Tamworth wants to help save every cent on energy you spend this year! This article follows our series ‘Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity’ and takes a look at ways to make your dishwasher last longer.

  1. Clean the rubber seal around the door.
  2. Clean the spray arm of food debris and scale occasionally.
  3. Clean filters according to manufacturer instructions.
  4. Consider regularly running a dishwasher cleaner.
  5. Only run full cycles.
  6. Consider running on ‘eco’ mode.
  7. Consider skipping energy hungry ‘drying’ cycles and allow dishes to airdry with door open.

If you’re considering installing a dishwasher, you will need a power outlet in a safe and dry location installed by a licensed eectrician. Our team can help identify a suitable location and install the appliance for you. For help, contact us on 0421 359 324 or ww.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or contact@tamworthelectrician.com

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Maintaining your fridge/freezer will decrease the wear and tear on your machine as well as save you money on energy and possible spoiled groceries. Your local electrician in Tamworth wants to help save every cent on energy you spend this year! This article follows our series ‘Saving Tamworth Money on Electricity’ and takes a look at ways to make your refrigerator last longer. Checkout these simple tips to help prevent the need to be forking out hundreds or even thousands on a new refrigerator!

  1. Unplug your fridge and vacuum the condenser coils on the back of your fridge.
  2. In older freezers, defrost them occasionally to prevent excessive ice buildup. If the ice is thicker than 1cm it is time to defrost your freezer! Newer models do this by themself.
  3. Clean drip openings and pans and replace water filters according to instruction manual.
  4. Clean around the rubber seal on the door regularly.
  5. Keep your fridge at the highest temperature possible to keep your food cool.
    • Fridge: 0-5 degrees celsius
    • Freezer: -18 degrees celsius

Is your energy bill higher than expected? This could be due to many factors that our licensed electricians could identify and help you with. Consider checking our how energy efficient your refrigerator is with his handy online tool or consider investing in a home energy audit to reduce the monthly running cost of your home. Contact us today on 0421 359 324 or www.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or contact@tamworthelectrician.com

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