Tips and Faq

HELCRO Electrical is only able to provide general electrical safety guidance. If you require any further advice please contact Energy Safe Victoria directly.

Power saving

  • Switch appliances off at the wall TVs, DVD players, computers, stereos and game consoles still use energy in standby mode. When not in use, switch these appliances off at the wall. Use a power board A power board can supply electricity to multiple appliances at the same time and allows you to switch off all appliances using the same switch. Use lamps or spotlights If you only need a small amount of light, use lamps or spotlights instead of main lights. Use energy-saving globes Change your old light globes to compact fluorescent ones. How many lights are on? Turn off lights in the rooms you’re not using.

Mantainance

  • These are some electrical maintenances that need to be a part of every organization. Make sure that the electrical equipment isn’t located in a hazardous environment. Ensure that the over-current and safety devices like circuit breakers, fuses or ground fault circuit interrupters are not damaged or haven’t been tampered with. Never overload the circuits. Make sure you use only the equipment that is properly grounded or double insulated. Inspect the power cord to confirm that there are no defects like exposed wiring or damaged insulation. Don’t run the electrical cables and cords through open spaces where the chances of tripping are high.

Wiring

  • Wiring that’s installed correctly will provide years of reliable electricity. However, problems can happen if your family’s electric demands exceed your home wiring's capabilities. For example, an overloaded circuit frequently will trigger a breaker, leaving you without power in part of your home. A skilled electrician will evaluate the situation and install home wiring upgrades that keep up with your needs. Old wiring can be a hazard; frayed wires may start a fire if they aren’t replaced or repaired. Having a licensed and experienced professional electrician confirm your wiring is good.

5 Electrical Warnings

  • 5 WARNINGS SIGNS OF ELECTRICAL PROBLEMS.
  • Flickering lights
  • The smell of burning from outlets
  • Sparking electrical outlet.If you see sparks coming from an outlet when you plug something in, you have a problem.
  • Repeated problems with your circuit breaker
  • Inexplicable electrical shocks.

Frequently asked questions

A periodic inspection is an inspection and associated testing to check whether an electrical installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. On completion of the necessary inspection and testing, an Electrical Installation Condition Report will be issued detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard which might give rise to danger.
Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians.
Do you lease out a commercial or residential building? Well, did you know that you have to adhere to safety requirements, just like business owners?These are the electrical safety requirements for landlords (according to Energy Safe Victoria). prior to re-letting the property, ensure that all appliances are working properly and functioning safely make sure electrical appliances are inspected and cleaned to avoid fire and electrical hazards (for example, clearing debris in ventilation and heating/cooling systems) ensure that electrical wiring, outlets, switches, and residual current devices are in a safe and working order only allow a trained professional to conduct electrical or maintenance work keep records of any work or maintenance to prove compliance According to the Tenancy Check website, the following rules for electrical safety for landlords apply: the landlord must ensure that all installations are working (for example, gas/electricity/cooling/heating) the landlord must ensure that all installations are maintained and safe to use (this only applies to landlord owned appliances) For more information about local legislation, visit your local government website or contact the Residential Tenancies Authority..
There are no set guidelines as to when a property should be rewired. Just because your wiring’s old, it doesn’t mean it’s unsafe. Many factors can affect the wear and tear of your electrical installation, including the materials used and how your property has been used. We would advise that a periodic inspection is carried out on owner-occupied properties at least every 10 years and every five years in rented accommodation. The test will certify whether the electrics in a property are safe and tell you if anything needs upgrading. You should carry out regular checks around the house on the condition of your cables, switches, sockets and other accessories. If you notice anything unusual - for example, burn marks on plugs and sockets, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling), fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping - get a registered electrician to check your electrics as soon as possible.
For more information about local legislation, visit your local government website or contact the Residential Tenancies Authority.
We recommend that you get at least three quotes from different electricians before you go ahead with any major electrical work in your home. We also advise that you always use a registered electrician as if you’re not happy with their work you can complain to THE RELEVANT ELECTRICAL AUTHORITY INCLUDING ENERGY SAFE VICTORIA, who will in turn ask them to rectify any mistakes.
When an electrical installation is rewired, it is good practice to remove redundant wiring. If this is not possible, any redundant wiring must be permanently disconnected from any electrical supply so that it doesn’t present a risk.

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Power saving tips

  • The fridge is one of the most expensive devices in your home. Check your fridge is set between 3-5 degrees and freezers are set at -15 degrees.
  • Only cool the rooms you use most and keep air-conditioning between 23 and 26 degrees.
  • Insulate your roof
  • Use a cold-water cycle to do the washing.
  • Avoid using the dishwasher between 4pm and 7pm.
  • Replace old incandescent and halogen light globes with energy efficient globes.

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