ELECTRICITY SAVING CAMPAIGN
Before considering ways and means of reducing your electricity account one should first consider the cost of operating the various types of domestic appliances.
SAFETY INSIDE YOUR HOME
Your installation must meet the required safety standards. If you do not have a certificate of compliance, engage a qualified electrical contractor to inspect and test your installation and give you a certificate.
Don’t overload plug points, particularly where multiple socket extensions are used. The total load on any socket (plug) should not exceed 16 amps (or 3 kW). How many plugs on one socket?
Disconnect electrical appliances from the plug point before working on the appliance.
Use electrical appliances only for the purpose for which they are intended, eg. don’t hang damp clothing over heaters to dry, don’t use stoves to heat rooms, etc.
Don’t touch electrical appliances while in the bath, eg. hairdryers.
Ensure that all appliances have a plug on the cord. Don’t stick bare wires into the socket outlet.
Don’t interfere with the electrical wiring installation.
Protect your installation with an earth leakage unit.
If the earth leakage or any circuit breaker trips, don’t bypass it. It has tripped because it has detected an unsafe or dangerous condition. If you cannot reset the earth leakage after it has tripped, unplug all appliances, double adaptors and extension cords (don’t just switch off). Reset the earth leakage. If it still trips, switch off all circuit breakers, reset the earth leakage and switch on the circuit breakers one at a time until the faulty circuit is identified. Call an electrical contractor to rectify the fault.
Ensure that the electricity contractor issues you with a certificate of compliance (COC).
Make sure all plugs are correctly wired, ie. when looking at the top of the opened plug, the green and yellow (earth) wire goes into the top pin (large pin), the brown (live) wire into the right pin (marked “L” or with a brown colour) and the blue (neutral) wire into the left pin (marked “N” or with a blue colour).
Installing Circuit Breakers
Electrical Panel Upgrade: Should You Replace the Entire Box?
If you live in an older home or you just need to upgrade your electrical panel, there are some things you may want to consider before you move forward with the project. Here are some things to think about.
A panel upgrade generally requires replacement of the entire breaker box and installation of new circuit breakers. Some of the old breakers may be able to be reused but not if you are upgrading the amp capacity as well. You may have to even upgrade the wires coming into your home from the power company. This upgrade may or may not be at your expense it depends on the power company and their policies.
Basic Steps for Installing a Circuit Breaker
The main reason for installing a new circuit breaker in an existing home is to take some of the load off of another circuit breaker. If there is one circuit breaker that is connected to too many electrical devices then it may be wise to install another circuit breaker and split the burden.
The first step to circuit breaker installation is to shut off the power at the main panel. It is extremely important to make sure the circuit breaker panels or sub-panels do not have any live wires. Homeowners who are not experienced with electricity should not attempt to work with electrical wiring. When the power is shut off, unscrew the breaker panel. The large black wires that feed the main breaker will still be live so you need to test the incoming wires with an electrical tester to make sure there is no electrical current in the wires that you will be touching. This will help you make sure it is safe to begin installation.
The second step is to install a new cable clamp. In order to do this you will need to locate the knockout around the panel and use a screw driver to hammer one of the knockouts so that you can screw the cable clamp in. Next, run the new wire to the circuit panel and cut the wire off the jack to the circuit clamp.
Ways to Encourage Kids to Stay Positive During Circuit Breaker
In each passing day, the number of COVID-19 cases in the country continues to increase. The government has been working around the clock to find ways to prevent the spread from growing.
In the education level, schools are now closed and are now conducting classes online. For parents, this time is tricky especially as children may want to use this time to play rather than do their tasks online. Or they may be asking you a thousand times why they can’t go out to play. If you need help in coaching your kids on their studies,
Let them know what the pandemic is all about
Children can be very perceptive when it comes to the things around them. Even if they are unfamiliar with the terms being used to talk about the virus, they know something is wrong
Have a routine
Although they are staying at home for most of the time, it doesn’t mean it is ok they lose their routine.
Balance out their classes and let them take a break
Your child will get bored easily if they will only do their classes for an entire day for days. After their classes or in between their classes, let them pursue their interests.
Safety tips for going out post circuit breaker
circuit breaker progressively lifts, you might be venturing forth for essentials like food, groceries, and even haircuts a lot more.
Now, more than ever, is the time to step up our personal safety game – so that transmission rates stay low and the far-off dream of Phase III might become reality.
Check the crowds
No need to rely on guesswork – these real-time maps can help you scope out the crowd sitch at your nearby mall or park.
An islandwide map created by the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Space Out shows the current crowd levels at major malls and supermarkets, and even tracks recent trends throughout the week.
Plot your route
While leisurely window-shopping is one of life’s great joys, now just isn’t the wisest time to do it.
Pro Tips To Help Mums Stay Sane For The Rest Of Circuit Breaker
How’s it going? A good five weeks into circuit breaker, you might be finding yourself adapting, or even embracing, your newfound way of life. You may have breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that work from home will continue to be a norm for a while.
Others, however, may have groaned in disappointment, as this period and degree of isolation has proved that going to work is a blessing in disguise. The office, for example, shelters us from all the possible distractions in the world, and the travelling brings us closer to our necessities, food options and gives us some much needed downtime.
Do you happen to be one of the employees not so keen on WFH? With the school holidays brought forward to May, you might still struggling to cope with all the buzz in the house – and we’ve got some tips from experts to help you (and everyone else) settle down.