Top Precautions to take during Power Outage

Power outages are becoming more common around the Gold Coast because of natural disasters as well as energy shortages and a large increase in consumer demands. Ask your electrician in Tweed Heads to install an emergency powers supply with back up batteries in your home for safety. If your budget conscious you can have a simple system that just turns on a few strategically placed lights during a power outage or you can have a generator hooked up to replace the power mains in the event of a power failure.

You can dramatically reduce the effects of power outages by taking a few precautions in your home or business such as:

  • Have an emergency plan worked out with your family or other occupants of the building so you all know what to do during a power outage
  • Have the number of the local power company and your local electrician in Tweed Heads as well as emergency services on your phone and the phone of others in the building
  • Know the local risks and be prepared
  • Consider the needs of young people, old people and people with disabilities in regard to how they will cope and the stress it may cause them
  • Have an updated emergency kit on hand that allows for everyone to remain self sufficient for several days. This should include water, emergency rations, torches and spare batteries, a cell phone, a radio and any critical medical supplies
  • It’s also advisable to have an emergency tool kit with equipment you could need including a shovel, large knife, axe, pliers, hammer, nails, screwdriver and insulation tape.

During a power outage

The first thing you need to do is establish if the outage only affects your property or if it covers a larger area. This can be done by looking at other properties to see if they have power.

If others have power it means there is a problem with your power supply, so:

  • Check to make sure it’s not a circuit breaker. If it’s not a circuit breaker fault check to see if the service lines are still intact, but do not touch any electrical wiring.
  • In the event that your electrical wires are damaged or down, or your neighbours power is also out, call your electrical supplier or faults

If the outage occurs at night and you have an emergency lighting system, turn off all appliances and lights. If you don’t have one leave at least one light on so you can tell when the power is restored

  • Try and avoid opening your fridge or freezer to preserve their cooling ability
  • Do not use generators, fires or charcoal type cookers inside for cooking or lighting as they give off dangerous gasses.
  • Candles should never be left unattended especially if people are sleeping cooking or lighting equipment

After you have had a power outage ask your local electrician in Tweed Heads to check your wiring to ensure its safe as surges after a power outage can affect or damage wiring and equipment.

How using smart technologies can keep heating cost down

The cost of energy just keeps going up with no end in sight. As we are all interested in finding new ways to reduce our overall energy bills, talking with your friendly local electrician on the Gold Coast to install smart technologies on all your heating, cooling appliances and equipment.

These are some ways smart technology can help keep your heating and other costs down:

Energy monitoring

Having an energy monitor allows you to know exactly where your energy is going and just how much it is costing you to run each appliance in real time. When you have the facts, it then becomes possible to make a plan on how best to make the necessary changes  for a much more efficient home. Talk with your local electrician on the Gold Coast about the type of monitor that is best suited for your requirements. There are basically two types;

The hand held screen monitor that you use beside each appliance or machine you want to test. It gives a readout on usage and consumption as well as efficiency level and cost

The online house monitoring system that continually tracks all your household energy consumption from every appliance and energy user

Smart thermostats

Using a smart thermostat allows you to create a custom setting based on your habits and requirements to eliminate any unnecessary energy wastage

Smart venting systems

The smart venting system allows you to open and close vents as required so you only need to cool or heat areas you are occupying and not waste energy on other areas

Efficient air con systems

Have a smart air conditioning system can save a large amount on your energy bills, it will control the areas you require at the temperature you find is the most comfortable. These systems have the ability to adjust when you leave an area and enter another, so you are not conditioning empty space. A great feature is you can turn down or off when  you leave the building and then turn on or up again when you are about to return so while away they use no or very little energy

Smart windows and blinds

Your friendly electrician on the Gold Coast and help you chose the right types of smart blinds and windows to suit your home, then arrange the installation of them for you. Although they may initially cost a bit to install, but once you have then they will pay for themselves in a very short time by drastically cutting your energy consumption so reducing your utility bills. Double pane windows are a very effective form of insulation both keeping the heat out in the summer and the heat in during the winter months

Your local electrician on the Gold Coast can help you find the best and most cost-effective ways to keep your energy and heating bills to a minimum with the installation of smart technologies that make your heating and cooling appliances more cost effective and efficient. Smart monitoring allows you to see just where your dollars are going for all your household energy needs, it helps you keep track of all  of your energy  expenses without having to suffer the effects of being too hot or cold.