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Is Your Home Electrically Safe?

The average Australian home is remarkably electrically safe due to the strict building standards put in place by the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) and state regulatory boards. In Western Australia, these regulatory boards include the Building Commission and the Electrical Licensing Board. Despite our strict building standards, electrical hazards in the home can arise over time simply due to wear and tear, improper electrical equipment usage, and incorrect electrical installation techniques. Identifying Electrical Hazards Beware of frayed wires and damaged casings Older homes are at much greater risk of electrical hazards than newer homes. This is due in part to aging circuitry and wiring, but also to modern lifestyles—most people use far more electricity than most homes were designed … Continue reading

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IEA report has highlighted the increasing role of solar power in the Australian energy mix.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its yearly Photovoltaic Systems Program report, which highlights the development solar energy systems in homes. The report shows that Australia is enjoying success with regards to solar power adoption, particularly in the residential sector. This development was observed mostly in 2013. This year, the government has been pulling back on its support for such renewable power source, focusing more on other forms of energy and distancing itself from issues related to climate change. Rooftop Solar Power Systems The report states that some 3.4GW of residential solar capacity was installed in the past year, with installations going online … Continue reading