Have too few circuits and you will get the circuit breakers in the Power Box tripping out all the time!
The minimum number of electrical circuits for a new home would be 4/5, as follows;
Lights General Power outlets (GPOs) Hob and Oven Air Conditioning Hot Water Service (Only if Electric)
In my opinion [read more...]
Thinking about how you are going to heat your new Home and get Hot Water?
Heating costs do vary depending on state and depending on whether you live in the bush or city.
Historically the cost of heating a home has been, from cheapest to most expensive:
Solar. (check out Passive Solar) Wood , Collected. [read more...]
Did you know there are two safety devices in your electricity cabinet to keep you safe?
Safety switches were originally known as Earth Leakage Circuit Breakers (ELCB) but are now more commonly Residual Current Devices (RCD)
These super fast switches (less than 1/20th of a second) cuts the power off the instant a [read more...]
In a previous post on Lighting Levels I talked about using lumens to plan lighting. . . . . but which type of bulb should you use?
There are now 3 types of bulbs in common use
Halogen (A more efficient version of the old incandescent light bulbs) Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) Light Emitting Diode [read more...]
There are two elements when considering Lighting levels for your new house.
Electrical Power (Watts) Amount of Light (Lumens) Watts
In the old days with incandescent bulbs it used to be simple, bulbs came in 40, 60 and 100watts and you were allowed up to 25 watts/square metre of floor space.
Now for your new [read more...]
No Gas Supply? . . . . .Well an Instantaneous Electric Water Heater may be an option.
This is our unit which is tucked away in a wardrobe.
The unit provides all our hot water for washing and showers, only heating the water when we need it, and never running out.
The unit is [read more...]
Traditionally gas has been cheaper than electricity but with the price of gas rising this could change.
Actually comparing value for money is quite complicated so I though I would explain how to do the various calculations.
Cubic Metres to Megajoules
Gas is measured at the meter in cubic metres but you pay by the [read more...]