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Want to Know More About Smart Meters in NSW?


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Smart Meters - also known in NSW as Advanced Meters - are digital meters located at your home that record the amount of electricity you use in a really smart way. Unlike your existing electricity meter, a smart meter reads and stores your electricity usage in 30 minute intervals and automatically sends this information back to your electricity provider.

The NSW government have made some legislative changes to the metering framework that will fully take effect in December 2017. These changes will make smart meters accessible to most people. 

So Why Get a Smart Meter?

There are both immediate and future advantages to allowing an electricity retailer to install a smart meter at your home:

  • Remotely-read meters means there's no need for physical meter readings
  • Eliminates the need for estimated meter readings meaning more accurate bills
  • You'll have more up-to-date information on energy usage and costs
  • In the future you will be able to see when you are using the most energy in close to real time giving you the power to better control your energy usage
  • Smart meter technology, combined with other emerging digital technology, can (though most likely in the future for most) help you to remotely manage your appliances - you could make your cool in the summer or warm in the winter before you arrive home
  • More real-time electricity usage information will allow electricity distributors to better anticipate demand, allowing them to more effectively manage blackouts and other supply problems


REMEMBER: In most cases, electricity retailers will pay the up-front cost of your smart meter and for its installation, but not all retailers will offer access to your up-to-date usage data - so shop around!


For more information on Smart Meters in NSW see this Fact Sheet from the Department of Resources and Energy.





Playing It Safe with Safety Switches

Kids are curiousDo you have a safety switch protecting your family?

Safety switches save lives! Also known as RCDs (Residual Current Devices), safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and turn off the power in a fraction of a second if a leakage of current is detected*. This is quick enough to avoid fibrillation and other electrical injuries such as burns. NOTE: It is mandatory in NSW for many business to have RCD protection on all of their power points. Check with your licensed electrician to ensure you comply.Safety Switches

Is a safety switch the same as a circuit breaker?

No. Many homes already have circuit breakers installed, but not an RCD / safety switch. However, circuit breakers only protect against overloading and short circuits - not electric shock. Safety switches provide personal protection against electric shock.

Electrical incidents injure or kill around 16 Australians every week?

Who is at risk?

13 per cent of electrical incidents occur in children aged 0–14 years, with boys aged over nine years most at risk. Children are commonly injured by poking objects into unused power points, or by playing with appliances^.


Leo Howell - Director at Coffs Electricians - says "In my 23 years experience I have investigated countless electric shocks, including multiple fatality investigations. In my opinion Safety Switches are a must to keep your family safe".

Testing Your Safety Switches

Test your safety switches every three months to ensure they are working properly.

Recommendation: Hire an experienced, qualified electrician to check your household wiring and install safety switches to protect all of your circuits. THE RISK IS REAL!  

If you live in the greater Coffs Harbour area you can call us anytime for a free, fixed-price quote on 02 6656 4492.




* The Worksafe Qld brouchure "The risk is real" provides excellent advice on the importance of Safety Switches in your home.


^ The Better Health Channel article "Electricity - safety issues" provides excellent advice and statistics on home electrical safety.




Are your smoke alarms really protecting you?

Smoke Alarm

Smoke alarms are life-saving devices that detect smoke well before any sleeping occupant would and provide critical seconds to implement actions to save lives.

How many smoke alarms do I need?

It's the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home. This includes owner occupied homes, rental properties, relocatable homes, caravans and camper-vans - any residential dwelling where people sleep.

It's up to you to protect your family and your home.

When do I need to replace my smoke alarms?

You should test your smoke alarms regularly and replace them AT LEAST every 10 years.

What type of smoke alarm should I get?

Fire & Rescue NSW recommends the installation of photoelectric smoke alarms.


Photoelectric alarms are more advanced and can respond faster than other alarms to most fire types and are less likely to cause annoying false alarms. Photoelectric alarms provide the earliest possible warning of a small developing fire.

If a smoke alarm has a radioactive warning symbol on it, it's an ionisation smoke alarm - you may want to consider upgrading to a photoelectric smoke alarm.

Fire & Rescue NSW also recommends, wherever possible, hard-wired and interconnected smoke alarms are installed. Hard wired alarms must be fitted by a qualified electrician. If you do have battery operated alarms, batteries should be replaced at least once a year.


On average 21 deaths occur in residential fires across NSW every year. Research suggests that up to a half of those fatalities may have been prevented if the homes had working smoke alarms and had a home escape plan.




Top 5 Reasons to Choose LED Lighting

July 2016

LED Lights

LED Lighting can really add a superb finish to any stylish room. If you're thinking about changing your lighting design, here are some great reasons to choose LED:

  • LEDs are more expensive to buy but cheaper overall when considering lifetime energy use costs and will significantly reduce your electricity bills - they also last about 20 times longer than traditional lights

  • A much safer option: LED’s downlights reach temperatures of up to 50°C compared to halogen lamps, for example, that reach dangerous temperatures of >370°C which can lead to house fires.

  • Fantastic choice of colour to suit any room, office or outdoor location with programmable, dimmable options for multipurpose rooms: warm white, cool white, daylight.

  • LEDs are robust and shock resistant making them much less fragile than traditional globes.

  • Eco-friendly and mercury free, LEDs avoid the health and environmental issues associated with the traces of mercury found other types of lamps.




Electrical Safety Is No Accident!

June 2016

Electrical safety is no accident! Protect your family and always have your electrical repairs and installations done by a fully licensed and reliable electrician.
Watch this video by Master Electricians Australia on the importance of Safety Switching:

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