LEADING WITH LEDs GREEN UP YOUR POWER BILL OUR TIPS
ENERGY-efficient upgrades are gaining traction among homeowners, according to one Sydney electrician.
In particular, people are opting to install LED lights over halogens, Lauren Brown, of McIntosh Electrical, says.
“Halogen lights can get really red hot. A lot of the time I take them out, I find burnt cabling, whereas LEDs draw less power, but are just as bright – if not brighter,” Ms Brown said.
LEDs (light-emitting diodes) are more expensive than halogen or incandescent lights, but the price has dropped dramatically in the past few years.
“You save a lot of money over time. It considerably reduces your power bills,” Ms Brown said.
Perhaps more important than keeping costs down is making sure the home is safe.
Ms Brown said electrical safety checks were a good idea for people moving into a new home.
“We focus on switchboards, wiring, smoke detectors and cabling. All houses now have to have PVC cables, not cotton or rubber, which can get brittle and snap easily, possibly starting a fire,” she said.
Safety switches that shut off power if they detect an electrical fault are also a good idea.
“They insure you against electrical shock. They protect you,” Ms Brown said.
Lauren Brown is one of two female electricians at McIntosh Electrical.