Electrical Circuits – How Many Should You Have?

circuit breaker

Have too few circuits and you will get the circuit breakers in the Power Box tripping out all the time!

Minimum

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...]

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Safety Switches & Circuit Breakers

Safety switch

Did you know there are two safety devices in your electricity cabinet to keep you safe?

Safety Switches

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...]

Light Bulb Comparison

incandescent bulb

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...]

Lighting Levels

incandescent bulb

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...]

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Instantaneous Electric Water Heater

Instantaneous Water Heater

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...]

Solar is Winning

sun

Electricity demand has dropped so much that Australia currently has at least 3 major coal fired power stations more than it needs! (This year the surplus capacity at peak demand is estimated to be around 8,000 megawatts)

In early July this year there was actually zero demand for power station generation in Queensland, mainly [read more...]

Quirky Rome Apartment 2

rome wall

Earlier this week I posted about the quirky apartment we have rented in Rome.

Here are a couple more photographs.

The first shows the wall that separates the entrance hall from the Bathroom / Laundry.

The wall is a translucent material with a blue tinge on the external surface and a white surface on [read more...]

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Smart Wiring and Wireless

wireless

Well ‘Smart Wiring’ is really a generic term that covers anything from control of home automation, to high speed data services. Probably the best descriptions is to talk about ‘Hard Wired’ and ‘Wireless’ components with a well set up new home using both.

A typical modern home can now have multiple laptops, tablets, smart phones, [read more...]