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SOME HELPFUL ELECTRICAL TIPS FOR YOU:

A licensed electrical contractor should do all your electrical work. It is dangerous and illegal to do it yourself. As your local electrician, I am fully equipped to help make your dream home glow with beautiful light fittings and with mood lighting in your garden, around your pool or down the length of your driveway.

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The Australian Government's Energy Efficient Homes Package is a $4 billion package to improve the energy rating of Australian homes - cutting their energy waste, making them more comfortable and helping home owners save up to 40 per cent on their electricity bills. As of close of business Friday 19 Feb 2010, the Government replaced the Home Insulation and Solar Hot Water Rebate Programs with the Renewable Energy Bonus Scheme.

Under this new scheme the Australian Government is offering:

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  • $1000 rebate for a solar hot water system, OR
  • $600 rebate for a heat pump hot water system.

An applicant has up to 4 months (122 days) after an eligible system is installed to submit an application form.

For full details: www.environment.gov.au

Water and electricity DO NOT MIX! Keep water away from anything electric. Do not use any equipment, plugs or sockets if they have come in contact with water. Be patient and allow them to dry before use.

Read manufacturer's instructions on extension cables – uncoil them during use as some may overheat if left coiled. Also ensure you are using the appropriate extension for the equipment/appliance.

Never overload a socket with too many adaptors or by plugging in more electrical appliances than your circuit can handle.

Check your electrical cords and plugs regularly for damage and wear and replace or repair if necessary.

If a fuse blows or a circuit breaker trips this is a warning sign that something is wrong, either with a light globe, an appliance, an appliance cord or the wiring itself. Call us to do a quick check.

Never under estimate the importance of lighting it adds atmosphere, shows style and sets the mood and should be a major consideration when decorating.

Clean your clothes dryer filter of lint after each use for energy efficiency and better drying.

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Did you know? You can save up to 20% of your energy costs by having full length curtains and padded pelmets.

Install dimmer switches in your house and only have your lights as bright as you need them, this reduces your electricity bills.

Reduce your heating costs in winter by ensuring your house is properly insulated, block all air drafts to prevent heat loss and open your drapes when it's sunny outside to let the heat in.

Save Energy and Money - Don't set your thermostat at a colder setting than normal when you turn on your air conditioner. It will not cool your home any faster and could result in excessive cooling and, therefore, unnecessary expense.

OTHER RELATED SITES:

Professional Associations and Institutes
Australian Institute of Building
Australian Institute of Building Surveyors
Build for Life
Building Designers Association of Australia Ltd
Building Designers Association of NSW
Forest and Wood Products Australia
Housing Industry Association
Master Builders Australia
Property Council of Australia
Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Local, State and Federal Government Agencies
Australian Building Codes Board
Connecting NSW
Department of Climate Change
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Licence Recognition
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The information above is intended as a helpful guide only. Every care has been taken in its preparation and to the best of our knowledge it was correct at the time of publication. However, as most of this information has been drawn from third parties, we accept no liability for any errors or omissions. In every instance it is the reader’s responsibility to consult with relevant authorities and follow manufacturer’s instructions and warning labels.

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