Electrical Blog

Winner of the 2017 Master Electrician of the Year (Victoria)

Oct 23 2017

1st Call Electrical Services is the winner of the 2017 Master Electrician of the Year Award for Victoria. The process of gaining this award involved making a detailed submission of your business ethics, operating procedures, use of technology, as well as staff training and development, and customer referrals. Candidates were then required to undertake a 30-minute interview by a pa ..

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1st Call Electrical Services 10th Anniversary

Oct 11 2017

1st Call Electrical Services clocked up 10 years of business in September. Rowan and the team have been offering top quality, reliable electrical to Melbourne for a decade and hope to be taking care of all your electrical need for many years to come. If you see one of our electricians out and about don't forget to say Happy Birthday. Thanks for 10 great years Melbourne!  ..

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Benefits of switching your home lighting to LED

Aug 25 2017

8 to 15% of the average home power bill can be contributed to lighting. We agree, it's not a huge amount but if you're keen to reduce your home's electricity bill every bit counts. Converting to LED lighting throughout the house has many benefits, from increasing energy efficiency to reduced maintenance. Why should I switch to LED lighting? LED bulbs are up to 80% more energy efficien ..

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Simple tips on how to keep your home cool for less this summer

Aug 24 2017

It looks like it could be an unseasonably warm and dry end of the year for Melbourne. With spring approaching, now is a great time to start considering your home cooling plan for the summer. Home cooling doesn't have to be a huge expense, we've got a few simple and cost effective ways you can take the swelter out of summer this year. Used in combination these simple tips can help to r ..

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Why should I service my air conditioner?

Jul 26 2017

Would you like to extend the life of your air conditioner, ensure it operates at peak efficiency and provides your home with clean air all year round? The answer is simple, regular air conditioning maintenance (/air-conditioning/air-conditioning-service). A yearly service for cool-only models or a twice yearly service for reverse cycle units is all it takes to keep your air con in top conditio ..

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Turn the main switch off, it may save your life

Sep 29 2016

Doing some home maintenance this weekend that involves going into your ceiling space or under the floor of your house? Going under the floor to rescue the dog/cat, or get the spare tiles you keep under there? Store stuff in the ceiling space? Before you do any of these jobs remember to: Turn the main switch off first! Many older electrical installations still have cloth covere ..

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Where should smoke alarms be installed?

Sep 01 2016

When deciding where to install smoke alarms (/domestic/smoke-alarm-installation) in your home there are a few factors to consider. The alarms need to be located where everyone in the home can hear them, all the time. Depending on the layout of your house this will differ slightly but generally, this means that a smoke alarm is placed: on every level of a multi-level building  ..

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Infinity and Olsent brand electrical cable recall

Sep 01 2016

The faulty electrical cable, installed throughout Victoria during 2012 and 2013, poses a significant fire and electric shock risk and is still being used in homes and buildings across the state. It is reported that up to 22,000 buildings around Australia could be affected by the recall. Recalled cables The 'TPS' and 'Orange Round' Infinity and Olsent branded electrical cables are sub ..

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What's the difference between a safety switch and a circuit breaker?

Sep 01 2016

The main difference between a safety switch (/domestic/safety-switch) (or RCD) and a circuit breaker (often referred to as a fuse) is a safety switch protects people from electrical accidents and the circuit breaker protects wiring and electrical systems in your home. What does a safety switch do? Safety switches monitor the flow of electricity through a circuit and detect imbalances  ..

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