A windowless bathroom can be dull and dreary. Managing your morning routine in a dimly-lit space can make you feel apathetic and uninspired – not a great way to start your day! In fact, many studies show that exposure to bright light in the morning boosts energy and focus all day long.

Fortunately, brightening things up can really make a difference. The best lighting for bathrooms with no windows combines ambient lighting and task lighting to create a bright, functional space. Begin with bright overhead lighting that flows evenly throughout the room, and add focused lighting over the vanity to make tasks like shaving or applying makeup a breeze.

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What are the Best Light Bulbs for Bathrooms with No Windows?

Improving lighting in a given space involves more than just plugging in a higher-wattage bulb. Light quality is based on a few factors. Understanding your options can help you choose the best bulbs for bathrooms with no windows.

Light Bulb Types

There are three main types of bulbs available today: halogen incandescent, compact florescent lights (CFLs) and light emitting diodes (LEDs.) CFLs are not recommended for bathroom use because the frequent on/off usage patterns of typical bathroom lights shortens the bulb’s lifespan. Most experts suggest using LEDs for windowless bathrooms. Although incandescent bulbs will work fine, LEDs are significantly more energy efficient and last over 25 percent longer than incandescent bulbs.

Bulb Brightness

Brightness is measured in lumens. A typical household bulb emits about 800 lumens (This is equivalent to traditional 60 watt incandescent bulbs). For a windowless bathroom, ideal total lighting is at least 2,000 lumens. A centered, overhead light fixture that accommodates two or three bulbs will get you to that level, making up for the lack of natural light.

Color and Light Quality

Today’s bulbs have ratings and values on their labels that can be confusing. The color temperature, which is measured in Kelvins, rates the color or tone of emitted light. Lower color temperatures refer to warm light tones – yellow to soft white – and higher temperatures indicate cool, bright light with blue undertones. Typical incandescent bulbs are in the 2700K to 3000K range, pure white light is about 4000K, and natural daylight is 5000K. For general lighting in a windowless bathroom, consider something in the 3000K to 4000K range.

The color rendering index (CRI) refers to how an object’s color appears under the bulb’s light, when compared to how its coloring appears under ideal or natural lighting. A higher value indicates a more true representation of color. Incandescent bulbs generally have the highest CRI value of 100. For bathroom lighting, look for a CRI of 90 or higher, especially for task lighting that provides focal light over the bathroom mirror. To achieve optimal lighting for makeup application, try LEDs for general overhead lights and incandescent bulbs for additional task lighting.

Light Fixtures for Bathrooms

There are many types of light fixtures that work well in bathrooms. In small spaces, you may want to avoid low-hanging lights, but semi-flush ceiling mounted fixtures can be both appealing and practical. For windowless bathrooms, choose clear or white shades that let light through. Since moisture accumulation is often an issue in bathrooms, recessed lighting – which can allow moisture to escape into spaces above the ceiling – may not be the best choice.

To keep excess moisture from causing mold or mildew issues, check out this vital information about bathroom exhaust fans.

For vanity lighting, sconces on each side of the mirror will illuminate your face and minimize shadows from overhead lights while adding an elegant touch to your bathroom. If you prefer a more contemporary look, there are a number of vanity lights on the market, including Hollywood style kits – rope lights or globe sets that are placed all the way around the mirror.

Other Considerations for Lighting a Bathroom with No Windows

Bright bathroom lighting is a great way to electrify your morning, but what if you want to relax in the tub after an exhausting day? Installing a dimmer switch for overhead lighting will allow you to adjust lighting levels to suit your mood. Dimmer switches are now made for all types of bulbs, but older switches may only work with incandescent bulbs. Be sure to check a new dimmer switch’s label for information about light bulb compatibility.

Finally, a fresh coat of paint can really brighten up your windowless bathroom. 

Call for a Professional Consultation

Want an expert opinion on the best lighting for a bathroom with no windows? Tamwork Electrician offers professional lighting installation services. We can help with lighting design, fixture selection, and electrical outlet upgrades. Schedule service online or call 1800 00 2340  today.

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If you want expert ideas for how to install landscape lighting to maximize the beauty, safety, and value of your home, Tamworth Electrician is here to help. Your local electrician in Tamworth is dedicated to helping you create attractive lighting features that will illuminate your home’s yard or garden area while enhancing functionality and security.

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Benefits of Professional Landscape Lighting

With the right lighting design, you can create a yard that brings you joy and makes it possible for you to spend more time outside with family and friends. Plus, it will provide a nice boost to your home’s curb appeal and value and make your outdoor space safer and more secure. The return on investment you will experience with well-designed professional landscape lighting is significant.

How to Enhance Your Outdoor Area

How can you know what type of landscape lights to install and what they should illuminate in your yard or garden? Prior to installing lights in your landscaping, it’s a good idea to explore some ideas for professional landscape lighting, including where to shine the lights to provide optimal functionality and beauty.

Below are some of the top features to consider for your property:

  • Path Lights
    Lighting pathways on your property is a great opportunity to install post lights or in-ground lights. Pathway lighting is a dramatic way to enhance your yard’s safety and appearance and enhances the style of your walkways.
  • Spotlights
    Spotlights offer the opportunity to light up and draw attention to the most unique or interesting aspects of your property. You can choose where the spotlight shines; illuminate your house façade, a special tree, or a beautiful area of your garden.
  • Floodlights
    Maximize safety and security in your yard with motion sensor floodlights in dark corners or entry areas of your home.
  • Accent Lights
    Want to show off your gorgeous deck or patio steps? Accent lights will highlight certain areas with just the right amount of lighting.

Choose Tamworth Electrician for Professional Landscape Lighting Design and Installation

Do you need help figuring out which types of professional landscape lighting are ideal for your home’s outdoor space? Or, are you are ready to let the professionals handle your lighting design and installation? The local team at Mr. Electric is at your service. Call us today at 1800 00 2340 or request an appointment online now to get started.

 

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When most people think of childproofing their home, their minds jump to childproof outlets. The National Fire Protection Association stated that approximately 2,400 children suffer from shock and burns each year from electric outlets. However, childproof outlets are only the beginning to childproofing a home. Here’s some tips from Tamworth Electrician. 

 In the kitchen:

  •  Install latches on all cabinet doors so your child wont be able to get to dangerous household products
  •  Move potentially dangerous chemicals/products like medicine out of their reach.  We recommend putting these things on the top shelf.
  • When using the stove, use the back burners and turn the pot handles away from the edge of the counter.
  • Since there are lots of risks in this room, it is even a good idea to keep it gated to reduce the risk of your little on hurting themselves. 

In your bathrooms:

  • Install latches on all of your cabinets. 
  • Install toilet locks to keep your toilet closed.
  • Unplug hair dyers and curling irons.  Also when using these, keep them away from the edge of the counter where a child can grab them.
  • Don’t forget to cover your electrical outlets as well!

In the play area:

  • Make sure that toys smaller than 2cm are kept out of reach until the child is old enough.  These small toys are a choking hazard.
  • Keep porcelain objects (like the classic piggy bank) out of reach.  A child could grab it and it could break, thus risking getting cut. 

Other places in the house:

  • Install baby gates at the top and bottom of your stairs.
  • Put corner and edge bumpers on your furniture so your little one doesn’t bump his or her head when they are learning to walk.
  • Prevent furniture from tipping over by securing them to the wall or ground.  Some bookshelves and TV stands are now sold with brackets and anchors to prevent this.
  • Make sure that candles and matches are out of reach for your child.  Don’t leave an unsupervised child around a lit candle.
  • Cover your fireplace.  Children could fall and hurt themselves on the fireplace, plus it can get messy.

Don’t forget to childproof your home. You can never start to early or be too safe.  If you ever need more information about childproofing your outlets, Tamworth Electrician can help, call 1800 00 2340, inbox or email.

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There are many different home improvement projects you can consider in an older property. One of the best options Tamworth Electrician suggests is to upgrade the wiring entirely. The wiring in newer homes is generally up-to-date. However, if you live in an older house with its original installations still intact, rewiring could be a massive improvement in regards to safety and functionality. So how much does it cost to rewire a house? Read on to find out more about the benefits and associated costs.

Why Is Rewiring Your House Important?

If you’ve recently purchased a property with unreliable electrical wiring or are carrying out renovations, you must consider upgrading your property’s wiring. This aspect of a house is generally overlooked as it’s not in sight. Unless an electrical problem arises, these features go relatively unnoticed.

However, to prevent fires, electrical hazards, and shocks, you must ensure that your property’s wiring is up-to-date and in compliance with Australian standards. This is particularly true for older properties that have most likely only had minor electrical work done over the years. The wiring in such structures could be outdated, dangerous, and incorrectly installed.

Plenty of older homes have a single circuit that powers outlets, and all appliances are plugged into it. If you notice that the fuse blows every time multiple devices like the heater, hairdryer, and dishwasher, etc. are switched on simultaneously, consider rewiring your entire house. It will eliminate power trips entirely; you can split the outlets over several circuits to prevent them from overloading.

You must also ensure that you have the latest earthing system and switchboard. The importance of Residual Current Devices for maintaining the safety of your house and family cannot be overstated. A rewiring project generally consists of replacing the old wiring, inspecting the earthing system, installation of new power points and switches, and upgrading all components of the main switchboard.

Hire a Licensed Electrician

You should avoid carrying out dangerous DIY projects on your property’s electrical wiring unless you have certification for it. You should instead call in a licensed professional to carry out all electrical services. The cost of the project depends on the property’s size and the materials and labour required. Expect to pay roughly $80 to $120 per hour. Contact your landlord or real estate agent if you’re renting a property, as it is their job to organise this.

Building Permits

Your electrician will let you know what permits are required for carrying out electrical work. In some cases, they can also acquire them on your behalf. Based on the area you live in, these permits are not that expensive but have to be included in your budget.

Upgrading Electrical Switchboards

In older properties, the electrical switchboards run off fuses. If your house has one of these, you should consider replacing your entire electrical switchboard. This will cost you approximately $1000.

New Installations

Factors like the size of your property and type of upgrades you require (the installation of dimmer switches or new outlets) have to be taken into account to determine which materials will be used during the rewiring and electrical upgrade project.

The Benefits of Rewiring Your House

1. Safety

Old wiring slowly deteriorates over time, and if not replaced, can give rise to a fire hazard. To maintain the safety of your family, consider calling in a licensed professional to examine the wiring and earthing system. Besides, it also ensures that you are in compliance with Australian Standards.

2. Separate Circuits

An additional benefit of rewiring your house is that you can now set up separate circuits for essential elements like your security alarm system or the hot water heater. This will prevent less important appliances from tripping their own circuits, in turn affecting the more critical elements in your house.

Rewiring your house presents you with the perfect opportunity to customise your living spaces for comfort. You get to place the electrical outlets you need in areas where they will be utilised the highest. Older properties were not designed with numerous electrical appliances in mind. You can also incorporate dimmer switches and motion sensor lights into your new rewired system.

For any more information, feel free to contact Tamworth Electrician at 1300 00 2340 or write to us at this email address and we will call back shortly. Our experts will discuss your requirements in detail and will make sure they provide solutions that work perfectly for you and fit right into your budget.

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How to Choose Light Bulbs for Each Area of Your Home

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Is your home feeling dark and drab? Many of us don’t give much thought to home lighting, but choosing the best light bulbs for your home can enhance the atmosphere, save money on your electric bills, and even increase your productivity. Knowing how to choose light bulbs that work best in a given space can be challenging if you are unsure of your options.

Light Bulb Performance

Light bulb brightness and color can alter the appearance of the room and even impact your mood while you’re in the space. Therefore, it’s not a good idea to buy a whole case of the same light bulb and install them throughout your house. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing light bulbs for each area of your home.

  • Brightness
    Light brightness is measured in lumens, and the amount of energy it takes to produce a given lumen level is measured in watts. Standard incandescent bulbs commonly range from 40 watt bulbs, which produce 450 lumens, to 100 watt bulbs, which produce 1,600 lumens. In rooms that require higher light levels like kitchens or home offices, choose light bulbs with higher lumen levels. Low light spaces, like hallways or closets, may only need bulbs with an output of 450 to 800 lumens.
  • Temperature
    Today’s light bulb labels refer to “color temperature,” which is measured in Kelvins. Lower temperatures indicate warmer tones. A light color measurement of 2700K to 3000K is comparable to the warm yellow or white tones of incandescent light bulbs, while a 4000K bulb emits a pure, white light. The best light bulbs for natural light are 5000K bulbs, which emit a cool tone that simulates daylight.
  • Color Rendering Index
    Another measurement, often used with CFL bulbs, is the color rendering index (CRI.) The CRI refers to how an object’s color appears under the bulb’s light, when compared to how its coloring appears under ideal or natural lighting. A higher value indicates a more true representation of color. Incandescent bulbs typically have a CRI value of 100, which is the highest possible value. Florescent lighting usually ranges between 50 and 98, and LEDs fall between 80 to 98. A CRI value of 80 or higher is ideal, but you may want to consider higher values for spaces where a true rendition of coloring matters – bathroom vanity areas or home art studios, for example.


Types of Light Bulbs

There are three main types of bulbs on the market today: halogen incandescent bulbs, compact florescent bulbs, and LEDs. Light quality is now fairly standard across all three types, but cost and energy efficiency vary considerably.

  1. Incandescent bulbs have been around for more than a century and were the main choice for home lighting for most of the 20th century. Today’s halogen incandescent bulbs come in a variety of shapes and colors. They emit a warm, ambient light that flatters skin tones. Although they are not energy-efficient – less than 10 percent of the energy they consume is converted to visible light – they are the least expensive option. Since of lot of the energy they take in is converted to heat, they can be hot to the touch.
  2. Compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs) operate just like those long fluorescent tube lights you see in classrooms and stores, but they are compactly coiled to work in traditional light fixtures. Energy Star-rated CFLs use roughly one-third the energy of halogen incandescent bulbs while still giving out the same level of light, and they last up to 8-10 times longer. CFLs produce heat, and their lifespan may be reduced when placed in glass or globe fixtures due to limited ventilation. Their lifespan is also shortened when they are turned on and off frequently, and you may notice flickering or a slight lag each time they are turned on.

CFLs have a reputation of giving off harsh light, but newer versions are available in cool or warm (white to yellow) tones. CFLs may not work with traditional dimmer switches, so be sure to check the packaging for compatibility. One caution: florescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury, causing a hazard if they break. Proper disposal or recycling of CFL bulbs is critical. (Check here for recycling options.)

  1. LED bulbs (light emitting diode) are the newest light bulbs to hit the market. They are the most costly, but they are also the most energy efficient. An LED bulb emits little to no heat and uses just 6-8 watts of energy to produce the same brightness as a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb. They last about six times longer than CFLs and over 30 times longer than incandescent bulbs. While incandescent bulbs and CFLs emit light in all directions, LEDs are directional. To counteract this feature, LEDs light bulbs have a special coating to diffuse light, but lower quality bulbs may seem dimmer than their counterparts.

Tamworth Electrician recommends upgrading to LED lights – and then watch your savings grow!


Light Bulb Recommendations Throughout Your Home

Choosing the best light bulbs for your home requires room-by-room evaluation. Consider your home’s unique needs when selecting bulbs and light fixtures. To save energy, use LED bulbs in places where lights are left on for long periods of time. Use these tips as a guide:

  • Kitchens
    Typically, you’ll want brighter light (5,000 to 10,000 lumens total) in task-oriented rooms like kitchens. Overhead or recessed fixtures with LEDs are a good choice, and under-cabinet lights can make a huge difference in food preparation areas.
  • Bathrooms
    Moderate to bright general lighting, with additional task lighting near the bathroom vanity is a good choice. Remember to choose a bulb with a high CRI. A halogen incandescent that doubles as a heat lamp is one option that can help you avoid post-shower shivers. Another tip: avoid CFLs in the bathroom. These lights are frequently turned on and off, which causes CFLs to burn out more quickly than normal.
  • Living Rooms/Dining Rooms
    Low to moderate lighting levels are typical for these spaces. A ceiling fan with light kit may work well. Choose bulbs with color temperatures of around 2,000K to 3,000K for warm, soft lighting. Add desk lamps for additional reading light, if needed. For an elegant look, install pendant lights or a chandelier above the dining room table.
  • Bedrooms
    Low to moderate lighting levels work well in bedrooms, too. Avoid bulbs with cool tones. Exposure to their bluish light before bedtime may make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Home Offices
    Install bright general lighting, with targeted task lighting for workspaces. Cool tones with a color temperature of 4000K or higher can help keep you alert and focused.


Let the Experts at Tamworth Electrician Help with Your Home Lighting Needs

Even if you know how to choose light bulbs, upgrading your lighting may not be something you want to do on your own. There are so many decisions beyond bulbs – from choosing distinctive lighting fixtures to deciding where to install dimmer switches. Don’t let your motivation dim! Tamworth Electrician specializes in lighting design and installations. Call us at 1800 00 2340 or inbox on Facebook: m.me/tamworthelectrician

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Top five U.S. states with the longest power outages | Cummins Inc.

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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