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How to Preserve Energy and lower Electrical usage through Efficiency in electrical distribution

Energy consumption is growing worldwide with no indication that it will slow down in the near future.  An increase in the population all over the world and the increase of the availability of electricity to people are major contributors.  Urbanisation and growing industrialisation also mean that more energy will be needed for construction, transportation and housing of people and goods.

A major part of this energy, including electricity, is obtained through the burning of fossil fuels.  This causes the emission of huge quantities of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere and has an impact on climate change and the greenhouse effect.

An International Agreement set objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  One of the solutions is to increase the part that electricity plays in the energy mix.

Actions that could be taken should include:

The development of the use of Renewable Energies, such as Solar and Wind Energies; Unfortunately, the cost will be an issue and the fluctuating nature or solar and wind generating.  A way to store these energies is needed.

Energy Efficiency; The Objective would be to provide the same levels of service, but through consuming less energy.  This can be achieved by implementing Energy Efficient Electrical Equipment and smart controllers.  This can save up to 30% of energy usage.

To Achieve that 30% less Energy Usage, you can implement measures to:

  1. Passive Energy; Efficiency can be achieved by measures to reduce heat loss, for instance, insulation of heat generating equipment, and using equipment that requires little energy.
  2. Active Energy; Putting in place an Infrastructure for measuring, monitoring and controlling energy use which can indicate where you can make lasting changes to control energy use.

In most countries, electrical installations must comply with set regulations issued by National Authorities.  These Regulations are based on National Standards and are the fundamentals of most electrical installations and will also include standards for Energy Efficient Components.

 

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The Importance of Electrical Inspections and Testing for you as Homeowner

All electrical systems deteriorate over time and can cause major faults and even start a blaze if not maintained regularly.  An Inspection will reveal any potential hazards that might be lurking in the tested, electrical system.

All the Little things that should be checked to ensure that no Major hazard occurs

A domestic Inspection will reveal any potential hazards on the installed electrical system.  The testing should include:

  1. Checking all the fixed wiring; Check for any deterioration on all connections and the wiring between connectors. Rodents can cause faults chewing on the wiring.
  2. Check for earthing or the lack thereof. All plugs and switches should be earthed to ensure a minimum change of electrocution.
  3. Identify any defective work while checking the fixed wiring.
  4. Check RCD’s to make sure they trip when a fault might occur.
  5. All fuse and circuit breaker ratings should also be checked. This is to ensure safety throughout your home or business’ electrical system if a fault does occur.

A domestic inspection is required every 10 years or whenever the property changes tenancy.  This ensures that the system is safe and usable.  An Inspection will also be required when you put up your property for sale.  It might be worth your while in having an electrical condition report to show prospective buyers.

In the same way, when buying a property, you should want an Approved electrical contractor to check the electrical installation and ensure you that no nasty surprises are waiting.  Always make sure that all testing, repairs and maintenance to an electrical system are done by a qualified, Government Certified Electrician.

Tests and Inspections on electrical installations can also be done for Insurance purposes.  Maintaining electrical systems ensure the safety of people and property, and even can be just for your own peace of mind.

Therefore it is important to have regular electrical inspections on all electrical wiring and installations, on either, domestic and commercial properties.