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Great advice about energy and innovations

We keep up-to-date with new lighting, heating, wiring and automation developments, so that we can add value to your home and business with great advice. New technology can reduce your energy bills and make life more comfortable in lots of ways. We will help you to understand the new technology and how best to use it.

Power saving bulb

Did you know?

Electronic appliances left on standby still use small amounts of energy and the combined effect of several appliances will add to your electrical costs unnecessarily.

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Avoid putting warm or hot food into the fridge, because the fridge will have to use extra energy to cool it down. Allow food to cool down at room temperature before putting in fridge.

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Switching to LED lighting can dramatically slash your power bill and you might never have to buy a light bulb again.

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If you have a heated towel rail, it’s possible to halve its annual energy cost by adding an energy-saving switch.

SOME SURPRISING FACTS AND ADDED-VALUE TIPS TO SAVE YOU $$

  • LIGHTS: Inside and out, fit motion-sensors to outside lights. Use energy-saving light bulbs throughout your home.
  • HEATING: Block all draughts to stop up to 20% of heat escaping through the gaps. Block unused fireplaces, fit draught-excluders on doors and don’t forget to properly seal windows with weather-stripping.
  • Have a lower constant heat in your home in winter for comfort and to reduce dampness.
  • In the bathroom, fix leaky taps; fit an economical shower-head (It should take a minute or longer to fill a 10 litre bucket); fit electronic timers to extractor fans and turn heated towel rails off at night.
  • Use cold water for your washing machine (you can save up to 90% of running costs!) and wait till you have a full load. In the warmer months, hang clothes to dry and reduce your use of the drier (or even a clothes-horse) in a well ventilated part of the house.
  • A kitchen with energy-efficient appliances can save up to 25% on running costs – check the energy-efficient rating system. Ensure fridge and freezer doors are well-sealed. Run the dishwasher (if you need to) only when it’s full.
  • Older hot water cylinders lose heat faster – anything less than an “A” grade cylinder needs insulation and remember to insulate the first 2 metres of pipe. Best to set the thermostat no hotter than 60 degrees celsius.
  • It is cheaper to heat cold water in a kettle – rather than heating hot water from the tap.
  • For more power-saving tips and helpful hints, call your Electrical Professional for free advice