There are a few steps you should take if and when your power goes out. These include:
Firstly check with the neighbours if they have also lost power. This will give you an indication about whether the problem may be within your property alone, or an issue with the electricity supplier. If your neighbour has also lost power, it is likely the issue is with the supplier. Use your smart phone to look up your electricity supplier’s website or social media. It is likely they will have updated these platforms with areas that are experiencing an issue and give an indication of how long until your power should be back on. You can also give them a call. Just because your neighbours power is on doesn’t necessarily mean there is not an issue with your electricity provider. We still recommend you call them or check their status online as power may be out in the area.
If you find you are the only property in your area without power, your first step is to make sure you have a source of light (either keep a torch handy at all times so you can easily find it in the dark, or use the light on your phone).
Next is to check your switchboard for tripped circuits. Try flicking on your circuits. If they don’t come back on and stay on, it’s time to make a phone call to your local electrician; call Glenco.
Air conditioning units run in the background most times. A lot of us don’t even realise we’re in an air conditioned space unless it’s pointed out to us. Shopping centres, commercial buildings, and offices are spaces which generally run air conditioning most of the time.
However some air conditioning units run better than others. How well your aircon unit is running will depend on how well you are looking after it. The main way to look after your air conditioning system is to get it regularly serviced.
A servicing of your air conditioning system will generally involve:
check brush coils
check error codes
check system operation
check for any gas/oil leaks
clean all return air filters
test unit on heating/cooling
check all grill outlets for airflow
check temperature regulation at all outlets
check controller operation
check for error codes on controller units
You should also receive a full written report from your air conditioning technician with the results of your servicing. This way, you can keep track of the status of your system and ensure it is running at tip top shape at all times.
Saving energy on your power bill is a priority for a lot of homeowners. But the best way to save power on your bill is actually through using multiple methods in your home. Below are some of the ways in which we would recommend you save energy and put more money in your pocket!
Replace lamps to led
LED lighting has many advantages. It is cost effective in two ways. LED is cheaper to run as it uses less energy and thus your power bill goes down. It is also low maintenance which means you save on globe costs as you have to replace LED bulbs much less often than other kinds of globes. Not to mention there’s the time saving element of not having to worry about bulb changes as often.
Another way to save on your bill is to get your hot water system switched to off peak. Depending on the set up of your electrical system, this can be switched over by a level 2 electrician. You could also use time clocks which mean your hot water is only being used during certain hours of the day which you specify. Instantaneous hot water systems are an even better option. They don’t heat up constantly, but rather instantly heat when you start using the hot water out of your tap. This saves a heap of energy as opposed to having your hot water system working overtime all the time to stay hot.
Sometimes this one can be difficult in an existing home, but for a new home or renovation, installing sky lights to reduce lighting use is a great idea. This way, you’re taking advantage of the natural sunlight during the day, rather than having to switch lights on during these hours.
Ceiling fans are a great alternative to running your air conditioning all the time during summer. Ceiling fans can be relatively inexpensive to have supplied and installed by your local Glenco electrician. They look stylish and you can even get them supplied with a light built-in, and a remote for added convenience.
Making sure your pool pump timer is running at the shoulder/lower peak times is very important to keep electricity bills low. This can be done by timers and having your meter billed as time of use.
If you follow all of these tips, you’re sure to end up with a lower bill and savings for you and your family.