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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Being the place that the family all gathers, the heart of all homes is the kitchen. It’s not surprising to know that the kitchen is the most renovated space in homes in Australia. Whether you want to modernise the electrical in your kitchen to increase your homes value or bring it into the technology age, we have five electrical accessories for you to consider installing in your kitchen.

1. Lighting Dimmers

While preparing food, there is no doubt that you need good lighting in the kitchen. Dimmable lighting comes in handy after a long day or to even set a more romantic mood throughout your home. Dimmed lights may also act as a nightlight to help you navigate your home and are inexpensive for your local electrician to install.

2. Feature Lighting

Frame the space and match your lighting with your decor. Accent lighting in the form of pendant lights are on-trend and are a must have in your new kitchen. We can help you select suitable feature lighting that is on trend to increase the appeal and value of your home!

3. Data Ports

As tehcnology progresses, smart devices and internet connectivitity is becomming a necessity throughout your home. Data ports provide high speed internet access to all devices in the kitchen.

4. USB Sockets

USB sockets come integrated in regular power points and allow you plug in your USB cables to charge all your devices. As the kitchen is frequently occupied by yourself, friends and family, USB charging ports allow your appliances to continue to be plugged in and used (e.g. toaster, kettle, coffee machine) while charging your phone.

5. Grounded Outlets

Older homes still have power outlets that aren’t grounded. New kithcnes must have GFCI outlets to keep yourself, family, home and electrical appliances safe.

If you want more information on how to modernise your home with electrical accessories, contact your electrician in Tamworth today 0421 359 324 – www.facebook.com/tamworthelectrician or email contact@tamworthelectrician.com

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Central heating and cooling systems can be very expensive to install and may not always be an option. So aside from fans and reverse cycle units, what other option do you have to help beat the heat in Tamworth? One alternative are Window AC Units. An AC Window Unit uses around one third of the amount of energy it would take to run a central heating/cooling system. Sounds great right? Well if you have more than one window AC unit installed and running, the energy usage quickly adds up. If you want to keep several areas cool simultaneously, without question a central heating/cooling system is mroe efficient. If you’re unsure how much energy your heating/cooling system, is using, a home energy audit would be perfect for you. Home energy audits can offer you advice to save potentially thousands of dollars a year.

What is the Least Expensive Cooling Option in Tamworth?

For a single space, a window unit will cost you less boith in install and running costs. However, this might not give you the level of cooling you need. If you require greater cooling efficiency, a mini split system will save you more eneergy in the long run after installation costs and can cool a larger space. If you require multiple room airconditioning, consider either a ducted split system or evaporative cooling system.

How do I upgrade my existing Window AC Unit to a Central System?

Larger central heating and cooling systems often require larger power supplies (bigger than the AC socket you find around your home). To upgrade to a 15Amp power supply, a licensed electrician is required to attend and supply/install the 15Amp power outlet. In Australia, DIY electrical works is both dangerous and illegal.

Our last tip is to set the thermostat for your airconditioner to as high as it is comfortable (e.g. 24 degrees rather than 16 degrees). A few degrees will make a significant difference in your total energy bills. If you require a home energy audit, to see which cooling system would work best for you. Or, you need an electrician to upgrade your power outlet to suit your selected AC unit, contact the experienced team at Tamworth Electrician for a free quote.

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Tamworth Electrician is your local electrician in Tamworth. Tamworth Electrician offers ceiling fan installation services at a competitive price. If you would like to know more about our standard rates, contact us today. Tamworth Electrician can provide and install your ceiling fan, while securing your $50 cash back under the Tamworth Regional Council Residential Water Saver Rebate Scheme. But…

Why should Tamworth residents consider installing ceiling fans?

  1. Stay cooler during summer. Research indicates that the breeze from ceiling fans makes you feel 8 degrees cooler.
  2. Circulate warm air during winter with ceiling fan reverse modes.
  3. Significantly reduce energy costs. Most fans cost 3c to run an hour!
  4. Save the environment! As ceiling fans require less energy to run.
  5. Conserve water! As ceiling fans require zero water.
  6. Save space! As ceiling fans are mounted on the roof, no need for bulky pedestal fans.

Why should I consider Tamworth Electrician’s ceiling fan installation service?

In Australia, DIY electrical work (including installing ceiling fans) is illegal and may void your home insurance policy in the event of an electrical fire. We cater for all of your ceiling fan needs. Whether you want to BYO ceiling fan, or have us source archetectual ceiling fans to suit your space. We can do simple switches from a single light globe to ceiling fan, or complete rewiring to put your ceiling fan where you want it. Whether you want it on a switch or the convenience of remote contolsm we can do it all! If you want more information, or would like to book your ceiling fan installation service, contact the licensed professionals for your ceiling fan installation service at Tamworth Electrician today on 0421 359 324 or inbox us on Facebook.

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At Tamworth Electrician, we encourage the installation of energy efficient electrical systems. One of the most common, recent advancements is LED lighting. LED lighting benefits you and the environment by using less electricity and keeping replacement incandescent bulbs out of landfill. We offer LED lighting solutions at a competetive price but before making the switch, here are a few things you need to know before switching!

Tamworth Home LED Lights

1. Why do people love LED Lighting?

LED lighting has a modern, sleek appearance. They use less energy than traditional/old lighting methods. They pose less of a fire hazard as they generate significantly less heat.

2. What are LED Lights?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Basically, they are little chips inside a plastic capsule that ’emit’ ‘light’ when an electrical current. They come in a variety of sizes, colour and brightness.

3. How Long do LED Lights Last?

Unlike old lightbulbs, LED’s don’t use burning filaments to emit light. Therefore they can last an incredibly long time. Most LED bulbs last around 10years but can last for decades while traditional bulbs often only last a few months.

4. How Much More Effienct at LED Bulbs?

LED Bulbs use around one tenth less energy than traditional bulbs.

5. What Colour LED Bulbs are Available?

LED’s come in all colours; from traditional warm white, cool white and even natural white. They also can come in any colour of the rainbow!

6. Are LED Bulbs Brighter Than Incandescent Bulbs?

LED Bulbs can make darker rooms appear much brighter. LED’s require a fraction of the energy traditional bulbs require to achieve the same brightness. For this reason, LEDs requiring less energy can outshine older bulbs!

Checkout our Lighting Installation Service. If you want to find out more about LED Lighting for Tamworth Homes, please Contact Tamworth Electrician or call 0421 359 324 or send us a message on Facebook!

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1. Bad Wiring and Electrical Appliances

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Old or bad wiring (particularly from DIY jobs) increases the risk of electrical faults, fires, surges and other serious events. For this reason, avoid DIY electrical work an get a professional electrician in to do the job. Old cracked, corroded or worn wires increase the risk of an electrical accident. Have your appliances checked regularly to make sure they are safe. Testing and tagging electrical appliances on commercial premises is a legal requirement.

2. Outlets Near Water

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Outlets in areas where there is water such as kitchens, bathrooms and laundries should be installed away from water sources.

3. Wet Hands

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Using appliances with wet hands and switching power points on and off is a serious hazard for electrical shocks.

4. Electrical Fires

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If a fire starts due to an electrical fault, water should never be poured on the fire to put it out. Instead, a fire extinguisher should be used to avoid electrocution. If you don’t have an extinguisher handy, turn off the main electrical supply, evacuate your home and call the fire brigade.

5. Curious Children

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Children are inquisitive and like to explore the world. For this reason, electrical outlets at heights that children are able to reach should be covered with safety plugs to prevent serious injury or death.

6. Extension Leads

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Avoid overusing extension cords with multiple lengths attached. This places a greater load on the power supply and increases the risk of electrical faults.

7. Light Globes

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Ligh globes on or near different materials can be a fire hazard. Some light globes heat to such high temperatures that if they are either covered in fluff or other materials, may catch alight. While changing light globes, the switch should always be in the off position.

8. Covering Electrical Cords and Wires

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Covering electrical leads and wires may lead to the overheating. Similarly, electrical appliances should not be covered when powered on and given room for ventilation.

Tamworth Electrician’s Top Tip’s!

  • Don;t try and fix broken appliances or cords yourself.
  • Either contact us to regularly check your appliances, or get into the habit of doing this yourself. For commercial businesses a licensed electrician is required to test and tag your appliances annually.
  • Don’t overload powerboards.
  • Don’t insert anything into appliances while in use.
  • Never use indoor extension leads outdoors.
  • Don’t touch electrical appliances or outlets with wet hands.

If in doubt, contact us to check it out!

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