3 Smart Devices That Can Help Save Energy at Home

3 Smart Devices That Can Help Save Energy at Home

3 Smart Devices That Can Help Save Energy at Home

One of the best things about modern technology is the so-called “internet of things”. This principle aims to connect devices into one system that can perform several tasks in a given set up. At present, it benefits our homes more than any other environment.

A smart home isn’t called “smart” for nothing. It is a home where different devices are installed to make living easier and comfortable. A smart home offers energy efficiency, disaster preparedness, and ultimate owner control among other features.

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Do you want to turn your home into a smart one? These three smart devices are a good starter. With these three energy savers, your home will surely trim down the energy consumption without compromising your comfort.

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Smart Lighting

There are several advancements made to make the use of household lights as energy-efficient as possible. From using a compact fluorescent light bulb to shifting into LED lights, innovators are doing their best to provide energy saver lighting.

Smart lighting is a household lighting system that comes with heat sensors. The sensors detect if there is a person inside the room. The lights will automatically turn on and stay on as long as the room is inhabited. When the person leaves the room, the lights will automatically turn off.

Did you know that a huge part of wasted energy in the household is due to the lights being left on?

 

We often failed to notice this because we didn’t consider lights to be very energy-consuming. Some of us even developed the habit of not turning off the light. With smart lighting, turning the lights on and off is as simple as walking in and out of the room.

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Thermostat

With a thermostat device, energy efficiency is possible with your air conditioner. A thermostat is a sensor that detects if there are occupants in the room. The air conditioner’s performance is adjusted accordingly depending on the people’s movement. Thus, even when your child forgets to turn off the AC after leaving his room, it will turn off automatically.

 

Another feature of a thermostat is that it can detect when a window or door is open. Openings waste so much of the AC’s performance. When a window or door is left open, the air conditioner will automatically turn off.

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Energy Monitor

A sudden increase in your electrical bill can be distressing. We started to monitor household activities as though it would save energy. However, some of us cannot keep an eye on household electricity use for some reasons, such as the need to go to work. Good thing there is a smart device that can take care of the task for you.

Energy monitors are smart devices that come with mobile applications. It records the energy consumption within the house in a detailed manner. Using an energy monitor, you can keep track of the times of the day and parts of the house that consume a lot of electricity.

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Conclusion

Adding smart devices into your house can do wonders in energy efficiency. Should you need to upgrade your house into a smart home? Lederlec can help, talk to us today to learn more about smart devices we can add to your homes.

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Sometimes, we think fixing electrical problems is as easy as changing a light bulb. Indeed, we do not need an electrician to change our light bulbs at home, but other electrical works aren’t as simple.

Why You Should NOT DIY Electrical Works

Electrical Protection Act 2002 states define electrical work as “the manufacturing, constructing, installing, testing, maintaining, repairing, altering, removing, or replacing of electrical equipment” in residential and commercial properties. These activities are meant to be handled only by licensed electricians. Attempting DIY electrical work can cause you a lot of problems. In this blog, we will share with you why you shouldn’t try electrical works on your own.

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What is considered electrical works?

You must be aware of what-not-to-do to avoid doing them, right? According to the Electrical Safety Board of Queensland Government, these activities are considered as electrical works:

  • replacing the switch of house lights
  • installation of power points
  • changing the location of a powerpoint
  • replacing the plug at the end of the extension leads
  • installing a ceiling fan in place of a light fitting
  • repairing household appliances no matter the size and issue

All of these activities must be done by professional and licensed electricians. However, buying an electrical appliance and other necessary materials for electrical work is not prohibited. Still, the condition remains that the electrical work is handled only by authorized tradesmen.

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What are the negative effects of DIY electrical work?

Apart from being illegal, people who do unlicensed electrical work are faced with the dangers of electrical shock. This accident can be fatal for them as well as their families. Even when you think you have managed to do the electrical work successfully, you are not sure when it will backfire. Will you risk your loved one’s safety when they come in contact with faulty electrical work?

DIY electrical work can also cause an electrical fire. Unlike ordinary fire, extinguishing electrical fire has a different method. Whether you are knowledgeable about it or not, it is more difficult to deal with electrical fire. Therefore, preventing such an occurrence is the best thing to do.

As mentioned above, unauthorized electrical work is punishable by law. Electrical safety officers in Queensland are investigating unlicensed electrical work and can cause you a huge sum of money for penalty and/or imprisonment.

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What are the penalties for unlicensed electrical work?

DIY electrical work is considered unlicensed electrical work. People caught doing DIY electrical work can be faced with penalties of up to $40,000.

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In more serious cases, which typically involve the destruction of properties and causing injuries to other individuals, penalties are stricter. An incident caused by DIY and unlicensed electrical work can get you a maximum penalty of $600,000 ($3,000,000 for a corporation) or five years imprisonment.

 

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Conclusion

Therefore, doing unauthorized electrical work is a no-no. Don’t attempt to work on your household electrical system as it can endanger you and your family. It can lead to disasters that are better off prevented with the help of a licensed electrician.

Should you need the help of licensed electricians for your electrical works at home? Talk to us today so we can give you the appropriate solutions.

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Is your rental property in QLD compliant to electrical safety laws?

Are you renting a property in Queensland or planning to rent a house in the Northern Brisbane area? Do you have a rental property? If you are in any of these circumstances, you have to know the electrical safety laws for rental properties in Queensland, because strict compliance with these laws is expected from both rental owners and tenants alike.

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What are the electrical safety laws for rental properties in Queensland?

Electrical safety laws for rental properties seek to ensure the safety of the tenants. These laws also aim to prevent injuries, casualties, and damages to public and private properties. Here are some of the important things you should remember:

 

Installation of Safety Switch

As a rental property owner, you must always secure that your rentals have an installed and working safety switch. It can help protect your tenants from electrical emergencies. In the same way, it is also advantageous to protect your investment from such an incident.

On the other hand, if you are a tenant who will be moving into a rental property; then you have to check if your unit has safety switches installed in the switchboard. You should be able to see at least one safety switch in the property you’re renting. It is mandated for property rentals in Queensland to have at least one safety switched installed.

You can easily tell if there is a safety switch at your property as it will be labelled with “TEST” on your switchboard. If you couldn’t find one, you should ask the property owner about it. If there is one, ensure that it gets tested every three months or change in season. Remember that compliance with safety switch installation is both the owner and the tenant’s responsibility.

 

Compliance with Smoke Alarm Regulation

Smoke alarms can save lives. The installation of smoke alarms for properties whether privately owned or rented are mandated in Queensland. As a tenant, you must check if the property you are renting has complied with the regulation, however, the property manager should provide you with a certificate of compliance within 14 days of the signing of the lease.

Additionally, it is the task of the tenants to maintain the smoke alarm installed in their rented properties. They need to check for flat or nearly flat batteries and test the test button. Should you encounter a problem with the smoke alarm, you must inform your landlord at once.

 

Do not attempt to fix an electrical problem in the unit

This rule applies to both the landlord and the tenant. If there is a problem with any electrical components inside the unit, the tenant must inform the owner. The owner must then contact a licensed electrician to work on the electrical problem.

Attempting to do DIY electrical work is dangerous. It can cause accidents such as electrical shock and fire. Unlicensed electrical work is also punishable by law. Violators may face penalties such as fine and imprisonment depending on the severity of the case.

 

Report tingles or shock immediately

As a tenant, you might experience a tingle or electrical shock when coming in contact with metals inside the property. This must not be taken for granted. When you experience such a sensation, you must immediately inform your tenant. Your landlord must call for an electric maintenance service provider as soon as possible. This will help prevent more serious accidents.

 

Proper use of electrical appliances

Tenants are expected to take care of the property while renting. Part of such responsibility is to ensure that the appliances are being used properly. Follow the instructions on how to use electrical appliances at all times. Do not overuse a power outlet and avoid getting appliances in close contact with water.

Buying electrical appliances online should also be minimized. Overseas appliances may not have the authorization to be used in Queensland. It will be safer to buy at registered appliance centres in the area.

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Conclusion

We work with a number of Strata Property Management companies keeping rental properties safe and maintained. If you work for a Property Management Company, are a Property Manager, or even own a Rental Property give us a call today to discuss how we can help you and help maintain your property portfolio.

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

According to the North Queensland Register, we will be enduring four cyclones this particular season. Now, this may not hit Brisbane, however, we will still feel some of the effects of it. Therefore, preparing our household for the coming storms is very important.

Electrical safety is a must in this season. Cyclones often cause damages to household electrical systems. These damages, in turn, permit further accidents such as electrical shock and worst, death.

7 Electrical Safety Tips to Remember during Storms

Now, how can you ensure electrical safety at home during storms?

Prevention is better than cure as they say. Therefore, we listed 10 tips to practice before, during and after a storm so your home will be free from electrical hazards this season.

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Tip no. 1: Install a safety switch

A safety switch is a must-have to prevent electrical hazards. Having a single switch that can turn off all the electrical outlets in the house is very convenient. It is even more useful during storms and other emergencies.

If you don’t have a safety switch at the moment, be sure to install one immediately. On the other hand, your already installed safety switch must be tested from time to time so it won’t malfunction during a storm.

We also advise to let your family know where the safety switch is located so it would easily be accessed when needed.

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Tip no. 2: Shut down the solar PV system

A storm is not the weather for a solar PV system. It is recommended to shut it down even before the storm hits. Have your local electrician perform the safe isolation procedure on your solar PV system when there is a coming storm. Most Solar Systems have a step by step shut down procedure next to the inverter, however if you need an experienced electrician for safe isolation procedures? Send us a message.

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Tip no. 3: Store seldomly-used electrical equipment

There is electrical equipment at home which we may not survive the storm without being plugged. The electrical equipment must be stored in an elevated and dry area ahead of time. There is no telling when a flood will reach your grounds. Thus, it will be safer to keep away some of the equipment which might get damaged in case of flooding as well.

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Tip no.4: Listen to the local radio station for weather updates

Listening to your local radio station during storms is important to stay updated. However, power lines are often cut within a storm. Thus, battery-operated or rechargeable radios come handy at these times. It is advised to always keep one at home.

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Tip no. 5: Switch off and unplug appliances

Do not wait for a power interruption. Switch off everything and unplug all appliances when the winds are way too strong. This practice can prevent fire.

Strong winds can destroy electrical wirings, so running an electrical connection during a storm is highly dangerous. This can easily ignite a fire while the strong winds will make it spread faster.

So to prevent a fire incident during a storm, all electrical equipment must be shut down. For unexpected storms when you are not at home and unable to prepare for, install a surge protector. Contact an electrician to talk about the best one for your application.

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Tip no. 6: Report damaged power lines

After the storm, it is best to inspect the surrounding of your house. Stay away from anything that may conduct electricity. If you found damaged power lines in your area, have the authority know so they could take the necessary action.

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Tip no. 7: Ask an expert’s help

Do not try to fix electrical systems on your own. Electrical equipment that has been damaged by water or lightning is very dangerous. Thus, checking and fixing your home’s electrical system must be handled by licensed electricians only.

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Conclusion

Storms can be very alarming but we have to live with it. The least we can do is to have our households ready before a storm hits. Knowing the safety measures to take before, during and after the storm will be very helpful to keep your family safe.

Should you need the service of an experienced electrician, call us on 0422 281 804. Lederlec provides electrical services in Queensland, including Brisbane Northside, Brendale and Petrie. since 2009. Send us a message.

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready?

Summer means three things in Queensland:

  • Longer days
  • Hotter temperature
  • Holiday season

Apart from celebrations and visiting beaches, another thing that you shouldn’t miss this summer is your home’s electrical safety.

Why? Because summer is the season when most fire accidents occur in Queensland due to faulty wirings and blown-up appliances. Therefore, you must have your home electrical system safe this summer.

Is your home’s electrical system summer ready

Make your summer trouble-free with these electrical safety tips:

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Install RCD at home

Residual Current Device or RCD is called a safety switch for a reason. This device is designed to protect your family from electrical hazards. Fire and electrocution from the faulty electrical system can be avoided using RCD. It can switch off your power circuit for as fast as 30 milliseconds, cutting the chance of an electrical accident.

Should you need a licensed and experienced electrician to install and check your RCD at home, give us a call on 0479 016 375. Lederlec is a trusted electrical company known for providing services to the government and Queensland households since 2009.

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Plug major appliances directly into the powerpoint

Plugging major appliances in extension cords is one of the most common mistakes that can lead to electrical accidents.

There are two types of electrical outlets at home, power points and extensions. Power points are those installed on walls and are connected to the main power line. These outlets are used for your major appliances like the air conditioner and fridge. The other one, extension cords, are to be used only for smaller appliances and chargers.

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Get an expert check your electrical system

Your home electrical system should be checked every ten years by a licensed electrician. This helps in immediately fixing faulty wirings and electrical hazards in your home.

Do-it-yourself fixes, repairs and installation should not be the case for your home’s electrical system. Do not attempt to do these things on your own.

Fixing electrical wirings and repairing appliances must be handled by licensed electricians, especially in Brendale, Petrie, and Brisbane Northside.  It is better to be safe than sorry as they say.

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Keep flammable materials away from electrical appliances

We never know when accidents can happen. No matter how careful we are, the possibility of accidents will still be there. This is especially true for seasonal electrical devices, such as your Christmas lights.

To avoid accidents caused by these lights, it is highly recommended to keep flammable materials such as branches of plants and curtains away from these appliances.  You should also have a handy fire extinguisher near it for emergency purposes.

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Be mindful of domestic electrical hazards

If you have done the needed precautionary measures to prevent electrical hazards, what’s left is to be mindful of your actions.

The hot weather can make you dip in the pool from time to time. Thus, keep in mind not to touch electrical appliances or wirings before drying your body.

In case an electrical toy or appliance drops in the pool, do not attempt to retrieve it yourself. Lastly, turn off unused and unattended appliances. Not only will it be safer but will cut electricity consumption too.

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Conclusion

There’s a lot to do in Queensland during the summer season. That makes more reasons to be cautious and avoid as many accidents as possible. This way, we can make the most out of this year’s summer.

Should you need a licensed electrical contractor to get your home ready for the summer? Send us a message today.