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Electricity and Kids

Electricity and Kids

Electricity has been an amazing human achievement. With the provision of electricity to power our homes, it has made life very comfortable.

With this comfort, comes a level of danger for both adults and children if not handled safely and with a large amount of respect.

It is important to teach your children to respect electricity and to be safe whenever you are around switches and appliances.

TIPS:

* Never switch a light or use an electrical appliance while you are in the shower or bath.

* Keep cords safely out of the path of traffic in your house.

* Check for wear and tear of all cords.

* Never put anything other than electrical cords into an outlet and if your children are likely to, utilise the child safety plugs available to block off your unused outlets.

* Adults are only to change light bulbs.

* Teach your children about fires and what they need to do. For yourself, don’t ever attempt to put out an electrical fire with water.

* If your children like to climb trees, ensure these trees do not have power lines running through them.

* Keep your children inside during thunderstorms.

* Never swim in the pool during thunderstorms.

If you and your children understand and respect electricity, everyone has a better chance of remaining safe.

Make sure that all your wiring is modern and if you have moved to a new home have it all checked by a licensed electrician.

Lightning Bult Electrical are your local licensed electricians who bring you more than 20 years of experience in the industry, call 9905 8800 today and arrange an obligation free inspection of your electrical wiring throughout your home.

Energy Saving Tips

Energy Saving Tips

Saving on your electricity bills can be a priority that lot’s of people have no idea how to achieve.

The first thing is to call Rob at Lightning Bult 9905 8800

Here is an example of what we have done:

Have a look at these graphs following a change over of the lighting at this home. Amazing results and the cost savings are worth discussing if your bills are based on old-fashioned lighting throughout your home.

Some room-by-room tips as provided by www.energyaustralia.com.au

The Family Room

Switch appliances off at the wall

TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game consoles still use energy in standby mode. When not in use, switch these appliances off at the wall.

Use a power board

A power board can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time and allows you to switch off all appliances using the same switch.

Use lamps or spotlights

If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps or spotlights instead of main lights.

Use energy-saving globes

Change your old light globes to compact fluorescent ones.

How many lights are on?

Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.

 

The Kitchen

Microwave oven

Thaw food in the fridge first to reduce cooking time. Microwaves use less energy than an oven. When using an oven, avoid continuously opening the door.

Using the stovetop

Keep lids on pots when cooking to reduce the amount of time and energy used. Dinner will be cooked faster too.

Boiling water

Use an electric kettle rather than the stove.

Dishwasher

Use the economy cycle for everyday washing and only run the dishwasher when it’s full. This helps save water too.

Fridge and freezer

Set your fridge temperature to 4-5 degrees and your freezer temperature between -15 and -18 degrees celsius. Keep fridges and freezers in a cool, well-ventilated spot away from the oven and the sun to save electricity. Keep a five-centimetre gap around your fridge so air can circulate freely.

 

The Laundry

Washing clothes

Only run the washing machine or dryer on full load. Use cold water to wash clothes and spin them thoroughly before drying.

Drying clothes

Use a clothesline instead of a dryer wherever possible. Only use a dryer with a full load and when clothes are wrung well first. Clothes should never be placed in the dryer dripping wet. Keep the lint filter clean.

 

The Bathroom

Use water wisely

Set the hot water temperature to 50 degrees celsius. Installing water-saving shower-heads in your home will reduce the amount of hot water and energy used. Shorten showers to less than five minutes.

Switch off appliances

Switch off appliances such as hairdryers, electric toothbrushes and radios at the wall.

 

Outside the Home

Use timers and sensors

Use programmable timers and sensors to light outside areas.

Use solar power

Consider using outdoor solar lights for your garden or outdoor areas.

Separate your lighting

Separate the lights so you can choose which areas to light.

 

Cooling and heating

Reduce your need for cooling and heating devices

Close the doors to unused rooms to reduce the area you need to cool or heat.

Keep curtains and outside window shades closed to reduce the amount of energy needed to maintain a consistent temperature inside.

Rather than heat your bedroom, add another blanket to your bed or use an electric blanket, wheat bag or hot water bottle.

Look after your cooling and heating systems

Clean your air conditioner or cooler so it doesn’t use as much energy to run. Turn off your cooling or heating overnight and when you’re not home.

Please remember to call Lightning Bult 9905 8800 for all your electrical needs and an obligation free analysis of your energy usage.

Why Choose Solar Energy

Why Choose Solar Energy

Use less electricity from the grid

By using a renewable energy source like solar to generate power, you only have to draw electricity from the grid when you need more electricity than your system can produce. Since you only pay for what you use from the grid, you’ll save more money and energy overtime.

Solar Power lets you utilise the energy of the sun to then power your home or businesses. Every ray from the sun that hits your roof is an opportunity to reduce your carbon footprint and lower your electricity bill. Millions of Australians have chosen solar and are being rewarded for it – your household or business premises can join them today.

Contact us for an obligation free consultation.

Business Premises

A business premises can benefit greatly by installing a solar system to their roof as all their power usage is through the day when the sun is producing the power. This may even eliminate the businesses power bills all together.

Benefits of Solar include:

Reduced emissions

By using a renewable energy source, a solar system can reduce your home’s greenhouse gas emissions to help the environment.

Long-term returns

A solar panel system professionally installed to your home or business will generate power for years to come. Remember to maintain the system and utilise a licensed professional to check that everything is in working order producing maximum solar energy.

Other factors to keep in mind

Research the reputation, reliability and quality of your system.

Check that your solar provider has a strong track record so they will be around to honour any warranty claim you may have.

Consider your electricity usage now and how it might change in the future. If you think your usage will increase, you might want to consider a slightly larger system, or the ability to increase the size of your system.

Make the most of your solar panel system by shifting usage to the daytime (e.g. run your dishwasher during the day instead of at night)

Call Rob today to discuss the benefits of adding solar to your home or business.

Lightning Bult Electrical and Plumbing 9905 8800 our office is just in Brookvale NSW.

Do you need Safety Switches

Do you need Safety Switches?

You may or may not have heard about safety switches but do you need them?

The simple and legal answer is yes.

In NSW every householder and business has a legal requirement to keep the users of their power safe from any possible electrical issues. By having a safety switch you are protecting all people who will be using electricity at your premises.

As part of your legal requirement you must ensure that your property owned or rented is fitted with safety switches. If you have no idea about what you have in place, contact Rob at Lightning Bult today.

We can give your property a thorough review to ensure that all your electrical work is as safe and up to date as it can be. If you have recently moved in or perhaps you have lived in your property for 20 years – today is the day to think about your electricity and ensure that your property is safe for you and for your visitors.

Remember that even if you do have Safety Switches;  Do you know when were they last tested to see that they are in good working order.

TIPS:

Make sure that all your appliances are in good working order.

Ensure that you always use a licensed electrician for all electrical work.

Check their license or contact The Department of Fair Trading 13 32 20 to check prior to doing any work.

If you have work done, ensure that you receive a certificate of compliance showing the work has been tested.

Get your electrician to show you how to test your safety switch on a regular basis.

Just because you are renting doesn’t mean your electrical should not be safe, landlords have a legal requirement to ensure it is safe for their tenants.

Lightning Bult are your Local North Shore and Northern Beaches Electricians – Contact Rob Bult today for a fixed price quote and a lifetime workmanship guarantee.

Festive lights: The more the merrier, but safety must always come first

Festive lights: The more the merrier, but safety must always come first

If, like many, you want to be completely assured that Santa Clause and his cheerful herd of flying reindeer don’t bypass your humble family home this Christmas you may be considering covering your house from doorstep to chimney/solar panel in festive LEDs. Ol’ Saint Nick will certainly appreciate the advantages of coming-in-to-land on a well-lit roof or lawn, but we must take every precaution to ensure the safety of our families first. Here’s how you can avoid the hazards…
To begin, once you’ve got your Christmas lights give them the once-over safety check. If you’re planning to use the lights on a tree, then be certain that they are intended for use with trees. Many house fires start with the improper use of festive lights. Always ensure that the lights that you intend to use outside are suitable for outside use. They should be powered directly from a house outlet and remember that using double-stacked adaptors will overload circuits and are always a potential fire risk.
In addition, it is wise to consider that certain areas of your house will be using different circuits. The living room and the kitchen may be on one circuit for example whereas the bathroom and or bedrooms may be on a different on. Using the electrical layout of our homes means we can effectively spread out the use of power throughout the house. Kids will be attracted to pretty much any festive decorations but especially colourful blinking lights so be extra careful with lights that are within reach of toddlers. They should be extra low voltage and loose wiring should be secured to avoid trapping/choking.
Finally, many outside decoration jobs require the use of a ladder. Make sure that you’ve got the right size of ladder for the job. There have been a lot of accidents on building sites due to people over stretching and over reaching on ladders. And of course, we all remember Molly Meldrum’s life-threatening fall from a ladder last year, he too was installing festive lights.
When you over stretch you shift your weight on the ladder and you can fall off easily. Do not go too high on a ladder. Only go to third step down from the very top of the ladder. When using extension ladders, the extension should go past the point of where you are trying to get to. So if you’ve got to get up to the roof, the extension should reach beyond the roof angle. This is so t you can keep two hands on the ladder at all times.
Should you feel uncomfortable putting up your festive lights and would like our professional help to protect you, your family and your circuits, just give us a call and we can send someone out.
So there we have it, a few essential tips on making the most of those festive lights and using them in the safest way possible.

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