Every person has a legal obligation to ensure their home is electrically safe. According to NSW Fair Trading, there are a few key steps people can follow to ensure their property is safe for residents and visitors.
1. Schedule regular maintenance
It’s important to maintain appliances, wires, fittings and connections with regular maintenance by a qualified electrician. This is especially the case for homes that are over 25 years old.
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Electrical work is dangerous and should only be carried out by a qualified electrician. There are a range of steps people can take to ensure they find the right person for the job.
1. Understand the job
By understanding what work needs to be done, it will be easier to find the right electrician for the job. Creating a list of jobs means the electrician can also complete them all in one visit, saving time and money.
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The Stevens Institute of Technology has created a new home called ‘The Empowerhouse’ in Washington, DC. It actually began as an entry into the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon competition. While lacking a background in building, the institute wanted to create a home that would employ cutting edge solar technology yet still be affordable and appealing to live in.
There are a range of steps people should take to stay safe from electrical risks around the home.
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There a variety of home renovation tasks that people would be wise to leave to the experts.
Decks are more difficult to build than many people think. They need to be well supported and built using treated wood that can withstand harsh weather and pests. The ledger board that connects the home to the deck also needs to be built so that it doesn’t trap water against the home and the footing needs to be secured with poured concrete. Stairs and ramps also need to be built at the correct incline and solid rails should to be included.
There are a range of little everday steps people can take to save more money, especially when it comes to energy bills.
1. Cook at home
Cooking at home means not having to pay extra for the rent, wages and profit margins of restaurateurs. People should invest in a basic cook book or some YouTube time to work out how to make meals they’ll enjoy. It’s also important to buy and cook in bulk to really save from cooking at home.
Electrical equipment used in commercial operations needs to be tested and tagged to ensure it is safe to use.
Testing can only be carried out by competent individuals with sufficient training and expertise to carry out the work. It is a crime for unqualified people to carry out repair work on electrical items.
Choosing a good electrician can be a life or death decision for residents who have to live with their handiwork. There are a range of steps people can take to ensure they choose wisely.
- Firstly, residents looking for a good electrician should search approved registers run by industry authorities. This will help narrow down the list to those who are qualified to carry out electrical work.
- Then it’s important to contact at least three qualified electricians before commissioning any work. The shortlisted electricians should be given clear instructions about what work is required. They should all be asked for references and proof of their insurance and resolution process for complaints.