Electrical advice and information

Demand response and load shedding

Depending on where you live and what electrical hardware you have, your local power authority may be able to control your lighting or appliances to prevent blackouts.

What to do when plugs are arcing or sparking

It's not normal - or safe - for your plugs to arc or spark. Find out why this happens, and what you need to do when you notice that your plugs are arcing or sparking.

Twisted pair cabling

EMI, crosstalk and network interference

EMI (or electromagnetic interference) can cause a variety of problems with electronic equipment or communications systems. Find out how to prevent this in your home.

Voltage supply fluctuations

Interestingly, the position of your house relative to the main supply for your street can have an impact on your voltage supply - which may affect things like the lifespan of your lightbulbs.

Electrical maintenance

Find out how to safely maintain your home's electrical systems, and what to do if there's an electrical emergency in your house.

Power tracks

Power tracks are strips designed to allow the positioning of power outlets anywhere across a particular wall. These systems cost more, but go a long way towards reducing dangerous clutter and overloading.

Disconnection of electricity, gas and water

For safety's sake, one of the most important parts of demolition is ensuring that things like electricity and gas have been properly disconnected. Find out how this is done, when it's done, and who's responsible for it.

Connecting water, electricity and sewerage

Normally before construction begins, it's important that certain services are installed (if they're available). Not only will plumbing services need to be built through the subfloor, but they will also be used by tradespeople.

Other fittings and appliances

There are various other electrical safety devices that are required by law in Australia, or others again which can be added to your home to provide added functionality or control.