What do You Need to do to Become an Electrician?

Budding electricians need to follow a few key steps in order to break into the industry, wrote Apprenticepower, a site dedicated to helping Australian apprentices.

The most important step is to complete an electrical apprenticeship. This can be done through a company or via a Group Training Organisation.
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6 Super Tips for Saving Power at Home

There are a range of things people can do to save power at home.

1) Turn off computers and TVs at the wall. These should be unplugged when not in use. Standby power can be around 5% to 10% of the average power bill.
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Proper Wiring Insulation is a Matter of Life and Death

Electrical wires need to be insulated to protect them from damage and interference from electrical fields. Build.com.au explained some of the problems that can occur when wiring ages.

As time passes, insulation can be worn down or eaten away by pests. The wearing away of insulation has been responsible for many house fires and electrocutions and needs to be addressed right away.
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SA Government Explains Why You Need a Qualified Electrician

People should always use a qualified electrician to carry out electrical installations, rather than trying to do the work themselves. According to The Government of South Australia’s website, carrying out the work without proper training is illegal and very dangerous.

Licensed electricians have the equipment and knowledge they need to carry out electrical safely. Upon completion, they should be asked to give a certificate of compliance. Insurance companies may not cover damages resulting from work carried out but by unlicensed individuals.
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What 7 Electrical Aspects Do You Need to Consider for a Home?

Most homes around Australia require very similar electrical infrastructure, according to Build.com.au. And there are a few essentials to consider:

1. Switch boxes and meters

All homes feature a switch box, which distributes power to the main appliances in the home. These need to be fitted with safety switches and circuit breakers to ensure the safety of residents and equipment. Between the switch box and the mains power, a meter measures electricity use.
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A Guide to Finding a Trustworthy Electrician

People should be careful when choosing an electrician, according to build.com.au. The worst case scenario would be that an under-qualified worker does a poor job that results in injury or even death.

When choosing an electrician people need to consider what kind of work is being done, where the electrician is located and whether they are licensed and reliable. The electrician should be required to show their license before commencing work.
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4 Ways to Meet Your Legal Safety Requirements at Home

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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Building Industry Unhappy About Apprentice Wage Increase

Critics of the apprentice wage hike say it will deter builders from hiring apprentices at a time when a skills shortage looms in the construction sector, according to Sourceable’s Andrew Heaton.

However, unions have said the decision is a good move for skills and the economy.
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Finding a Good Electrician

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 Future of Energy Efficient Homes

New energy efficient homes allow people to radically reduce their environmental impact.

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.

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