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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