Understanding your electricity meter
Whether you live in a family-sized house or a small, inner-city apartment, your home is likely fitted with an electricity meter. Used to measure the amount of electricity you use throughout a certain period, your electricity meter is read by your energy provider come bill time. By better understanding how you use electricity, including which appliances or products use the most, can help you save money off your bill in the long run. For more detailed information on your electricity consumption get in touch with the Laguna Electrical team on the Sunshine Coast.
Bad electricity habits
Forgot to switch off the oven after dinner? Left your curling iron on all day? Bad electricity habits can result in more consumption and a bigger energy bill. Don’t worry, we’re guilty too! It’s not always easy to change electricity habits, but they do impact the damage of your electricity bill. While we don’t want you living in the dark, making an effort to make simple changes to your electricity habits - such as turning off light switches and double-checking appliances - can make a big difference to your bottom line.
Selecting energy efficient appliances and products can drastically reduce your electricity consumption and your bill. Taking note of the energy star rating of everything from fridges to your home entertainment equipment can relieve some of your energy usage. Get in touch with the Laguna Electrical team to find out more about energy efficient appliances, lighting and products that will meet your living needs.
Call to action: For more on electricity meters and your usage call (07) 5473 0422.
A common misunderstanding about electrical safety is that if circuit breakers and in particular Residual Current Devices (RCD’s) are installed in switchboards then we are protected from being severely harmed in case of an electrical fault.
This is not always the case.
The purpose of an RCD is to cut the power off within milliseconds of a fault being detected but you will still feel an electric shock. Not a good thing for the elderly, children or those with a heart problem.
It is a current requirement to have RCD protection on all NEW lighting & power circuits however this has not always been the case. Older premises may not have RCD protection on lighting circuits so even changing a light bulb can cause you serious harm if the fitting is faulty.
One of the most common calls we get is to restore power to a tripped circuit. Here are a few tips on how to locate & fix the problem without doing anything dangerous.
1. Disconnect all appliances that are on the affected circuit. Don’t just turn the switch off – you must carefully remove the plug from the wall.
2. Go to your switchboard & re-set the circuit breaker that has tripped.
3. If the circuit breaker will not re-set then you either haven’t disconnected ALL the appliances or the circuit breaker and/or cabling is faulty. Call Laguna Electrical and we’ll come out and replace/repair it 24/7. Don’t bother with steps 4, 5, 6 & 7.
4. Reconnect the appliances one at a time and turn the power on until the circuit breaker trips again.
5. You have just found the faulty appliance. Replace the appliance with a new one or have it repaired by a professional before plugging it back in.
6. Go to the switchboard again & re-set the circuit breaker.
7. You just saved yourself the cost of an
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Laguna Electrical only employs the most highly trained & experienced electricians for your power & data needs. No job is too big or small. We look after residential customers, who just want us to repair a light,and some of the biggest companies, shopping centres, hotels and resorts in the land. All our staff are all locals so we don’t need to charge Brisbane rates like many of our competitors.
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With the cost of electricity continually rising year on year it’s no wonder that the modern trend is to replace existing lighting with an LED alternative. Power consumption is significantly less and the lamp life is generally 5 times more than the old fluorescent and incandescent. They cost a little more but over the long haul they are definitely cost effective. Call Laguna Electrical to discuss your options.
Australian Standards and Workplace Health & Safety Regulations require the periodic testing and inspection of electrical equipment. The type & frequency of this testing depends on where, what & how the equipment is used. See the table below for the recommended frequency for Testing & Tagging of appliances and the testing of Residual Current Devices (RCD’s). Businesses should take note that this is a legal obligation and in many cases, an insurance company’s prerequisite for settling a claim. Laguna Electrical performs thousands of these tests each year.