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The Dangers of 5G

By now, most of us are used to hearing about advancements in mobile communication technologies. In particular, we have progressed through several generations of such technologies since the 1970s – from 1G, or first generation, to 4G – and most of us have been hearing about upcoming 5G mobile communication technology for some time now. Promising though it may sound, however, 5G mobile communication technology could be the most serious human health hazard to arise in decades; read on to learn more.

A Brief History of Mobile Communication Technologies

Mobile communication technologies have evolved through the years as follows:

  • 1970s to 1980s – 1G – 2Kbps speed
  • 1990 to 2004 – 2G – 64Kbps speed
  • 2004 to 2010 – 3G – 2Mbps speed
  • Now – 4G – 1Gbps speed
  • By 2020 – 5G – More than 1Gbps

Unbeknownst to most people, 5G technologies have been under development for several years already. In fact, many government defense agencies have developed the technology for things like crowd control. The U.S. military has employed millimeter waves, or MMWs, which are used in 5G, to develop crowd dispersal guns. Known as Active Denial Systems, they pelt people with MMWs that make their bodies feel like they are on fire.

Additionally, live testing of 5G technologies has been underway for some time. From AT&T to Charter to private companies like Oracle, Sprint and HTC, many organizations have been experimenting with 5G in preparation of it potentially “going live” as early as 2020.

4G vs. 5G

Some of the top differences between 4G and 5G technologies include:

  • Speeds – 4G technology tops out at bandwidths of around 6GHz while 5G relies on bands in the 30 to 300GHz range. When applied to video latency, this translates into speeds that are 60 to 120 times faster than 4G.
  • Absorption – While 4G MMWs travel on the surface of the skin, 5G MMWs have been shown to be absorbed into the dermis and epidermis of the skin, which then rises in temperature.
  • Towers – Current 4G cell towers stand around 90 feet tall and contain around 12 antenna ports. 5G towers, or bases, are only around 4 feet tall and contain upwards of 100 ports.
  • Transmission times – 5G technology breaks data down and sends it in smaller sizes. As a result, it offers significantly reduced transmission times. With 5G, there is only a 1 millisecond delay versus a 50-millisecond delay with 4G.
  • Radiation emission – While 4G continuously emits radiation, 5G offers “radiation on demand,” which implies that it should be safer. However, smart devices continuously send out beacons even when not in use.
  • Beamforming versus blanketing – 4G technology essentially emits a “blanket” of radiation. 5G technology, on the other hand, uses beamforming – also known as phased array – to pinpoint connections. However, multiple beams work together to produce a concentrated focus that actually results in more radiation.

Because 5G towers will broadcast higher frequency signals, which dissipate more quickly, many more towers will be needed. In fact, rather than towers, 5G will mostly be broadcast via small bases that are expected to be mounted on everything from traffic lights to people’s homes. As a result, we will all be far closer to these antennas than we ever were before – and on a pretty much ongoing basis.

Studies Highlight Dangers of 5G Technology

Thus far, thousands of studies have linked wireless radio frequency radiation exposure to a number of health risks, including:

  • oxidative damage
  • disruption of brain glucose metabolism
  • DNA single- and double-strand breaks
  • increased blood-brain barrier permeability
  • disruption of cellular metabolism
  • generation of stress proteins
  • melatonin reduction

Studies have also shown potential links between this type of radiation and the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • cancer
  • chronic fatigue
  • miscarriage
  • infertility
  • brain tumors
  • depression
  • autism
  • heart disease

Potential Dangers of Upcoming 5G Wireless Technology

As numerous studies have shown, upcoming 5G technology poses a variety of serious risks to the health and safety of everyone on our planet. These include:

  1. Eye Health – A 1994 study showed that low-level radiation exposure caused lens opacity in rats’ eyes – a precursor to cataracts.
  2. Skin Health – Studies have shown that the body’s 2 to 4 million sweat ducts become more conductive when exposed to MMWs. As a result, more than 90 percent of the power is absorbed into the epidermis and dermis of the skin.
  3. Cellular Growth – A 2016 Armenian study examined the effects of MMWs on E. coli and other bacteria. The study showed that such exposure stunted the growth of these bacteria while affecting their properties and the activities of their cells. Could the same effects apply to human cells?
  4. Heart Health – A 1992 study out of Russia showed that exposure to MMWs in the 53 to 78GHz range impacted heart rate variability in rats, which can be an indication of stress
  5. Bacterial Resistance – The 2016 Armenian study also showed that exposure to MMWs appears to alter bacteria’s sensitivity to biologically active chemicals like antibiotics. This could potentially result in an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which could pose severe health risks for the human population.
  6. The Atmosphere – To make 5G a reality, a new type of hydrocarbon rocket engine is required to launch satellites into space. Because these satellites have much shorter lifespans than previous ones, many additional deployments will be needed. These new rockets emit black carbon that could impact global atmospheric circulation as well as the distribution of temperatures and ozone across the world.
  7. Plants – MMWs that are used in 5G technology are highly susceptible to absorption by plants and rain. Thus far, it is unclear how this will impact things like the safety of food on our planet.
  8. The Ecosystem – Since around the year 2000, when advancements in wireless transmission technologies really escalated, studies have shown that many birds are abandoning their nests and exhibiting other unusual behavior. Similarly, bees that are exposed to MMWs may suffer from reduced egg-laying capabilities among other issues. These types of things can have unpredictable and irreversible effects on Earth’s ecosystem.

Join Us in Raising Awareness About the Dangers of 5G

Because 5G technology will be such a cash cow for so many, those who are developing it don’t like to discuss or even examine its potential health risks. Given how well-documented these risks have been across so many studies, this should be highly concerning to all of us.

While most are keeping quiet, a few experts have been speaking out, including respected members of the International Agency Research on Cancer and the Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space, or GUARD, which submitted a letter to the FCC in September 2016 outlining the potential risks. You can join us in helping to raise awareness too – visit our website for more information. https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/the-appeal 

 

Dangers of EMF and RF

Health Effects of EMF and RF:

Medical equipment such as x-rays emits stronger frequencies. The result is ionized radiation which can disturb atoms and molecules in our bodies which can harm us.

The vast number of technology users means we now exist in a sea of low electromagnetic fields (ELFs) and more complex higher intensity radio frequencies (RFs).

All of this has created a great deal of controversy and very serious health concerns. Scientists and researchers have conducted many assessments and studies since 1987 to determine the effects of electromagnetic fields on living organisms.

Even though the conclusions of many earlier studies showed safe exposure rates, scientists acknowledge the phenomena is a growing concern because of the massive amount of EMFs and RFs present and continuing to spread across the modern world.

Our homes and schools expose young children to wireless mobile phones, computers, and internet radiation waves every day.  A 2017 report published by the University of Toronto declared the use of smartphones or tablets before the age of two increased the risk of speech delay.

Our complex central nervous system regulates human behaviors and our ability to learn. Research has established a risk to fetal and early childhood nervous system development by EMF exposure.

A study completed in 2018 by the “National Toxicology Program on Cell Phones and Cancer” confirmed the evidence of DNA damage and cardiac tumors.

Computer screen exposure has caused eye problems such as dry eye, eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision, retinal damage, and cataracts.

Recent studies have shown a direct correlation between EMFs and cancers of the head, neck, brain, lymphoma, thyroid, kidney, liver, and parotid gland tumors.

Infertility risks increase with continued exposure to EMFs and RFs.

The cancer rates of children and teenagers are growing at an alarming rate in correlation with wireless technology. Many of the cancers of children are brain tumors and childhood leukemia.

Exploratory research in 2018 showed EMF and RF exposure may interfere with our memory and contribute to behavior issues. The research suggests constant wifi exposure may threaten other important biological processes such as cell cycles, cell signaling, DNA repair, and immune system responses.

Many people with close exposure to wireless technology describe electrosensitivity experiences. They report a variety of symptoms such as fatigue, insomnia, headaches, rashes, dizziness, tinnitus, vision changes, muscle twitching, irritability, concentration impairment, depression, anxiety, and other neurological and neurobehavioral conditions.

Protect Yourself and Your Family From EMF and RF Damage:

• If you use wireless devices, turn them off when they are not in use. Even when the wireless devices are sitting idle, they are constantly sending and receiving a signal.

• EMF strength increases when the phone continually attempts to reach the service, so it is safest to avoid mobile phone use when the signal is weak.

• Hold your mobile phone away from your body, including your torso because of the danger of exposure to reproductive organs. The speakerphone option or a wired headset is safest. Distance from the electromagnetic source decreases the intensity and effect. Turn the power off before carrying the mobile phone on your body.

• Metal enclosures and metal surroundings reflect the radiation waves, so do not use your mobile phone or other wireless devices in those situations. Keep this in mind when traveling or driving. The inside environment of your automobile increases the EMF radiation.

• Text when possible, instead of talking because it will lessen your exposure.

• You can find federal government minimum distance recommendations in your mobile phone manual.

• Because many of the new gaming equipment devices, televisions, and computers emit radiation even if you leave them powered on, it is best to remove the power source entirely such as unplugging the device or removing the batteries.

• Do not charge your mobile phone or keep screens in the bedroom.

• Remember to blink and look at something different for twenty seconds away from your screen at least every twenty minutes to avoid eye damage.

• Keep electronic devices away from children as much as possible. Do not carry your phone or tablet in the baby stroller.

• If your children want to watch movies during your trip, plan ahead and download the movies before you leave, so they do not need to download them on the road.

• Because children’s brains are still developing, and their skulls are thinner, they should not talk on mobile phones.

• Whenever a child plays with a mobile phone, laptop or other electronic devices, set the Wi-Fi to OFF, the Airplane mode to ON, and Bluetooth to OFF.

Choose Wired Technology:

• For all of your home electronic accessory devices such as printers, speakers, mouse, game stations, controllers, and the internet, chose to connect with a cable rather than using the wireless version.

• Use a wired system for long phone calls and longtime use of computers or games for the least amount of exposure.

• If possible, choose a wired modem, instead of wireless. If you use a wireless modem, check with your internet provider to find out what signal distance has been set for your device. They set most to about 100 meters or 328 feet. If that distance is unnecessary in your home, ask your provider to turn the distance down to the distance required.

• Corded landline phones do not emit radiation, and are safer, so whenever possible, use your landline phone instead of your mobile phone. Cordless home phones emit EMF just as mobile phones do. They emit radiation whether they are in use or not.

The Future of Solar Energy in Australia

The amount of energy that reaches Earth from the Sun on a daily basis is enough to meet the energy needs of the planet several times over. While the startup costs are high, the technology pays dividends over the future, especially in ideal, sunny climates, like Australia.

During September of last year, South Australia endured a statewide blackout. Ever since solar has been booming in the region and throughout the country. In the following months of 2016, Australians invested US$16.9 million in rooftop units.

“South Australians are sending a clear message with their wallets,” said Dan Spencer, a campaigner at Solar Citizens, to PV Tech. ” They see clean solar power as a key part of the solution to rising energy costs and power security while tackling climate change.”

“Whether it’s in Salisbury or regional SA,” Spencer continued, “South Australians are looking to solar for their power, showing just how mainstream renewable energy has become in South Australia.”

It has become increasingly clear to Australians that so-called conventional energy will need to be phased out eventually. Transitioning to renewable energy is not a question of if, but when. Despite pushback from the current government—which seeks to tie the country closer to fossil fuel energy—both technological innovation and a surging market in the private sector are making solar energy more and more viable.

For years, solar energy was criticised as an inefficient pipedream. The technology was likely to underperform promises from the manufacturer and break easily. Due to the issue of power storage, furthermore, critics denounced the technology, saying that it would never be able to usurp conventional energy, but only supplement it.

Not only has the efficiency of solar panels greatly improved over recent years, but with Tesla’s new Powerwall unit, the energy storage issues have largely been solved by providing a battery capable of storing solar energy. The unit has been available for just over a year now, and happy customers now have 12-month results to study.

Nick Pfitzner, a programmer from Sydney, reported that his energy bill dropped by 92%. After paying $2578.26 between February 2015 to February 2016, he paid only $178.71 during the same period in the following year.

“You try and use as much direct solar energy as you can during the day,” Pfitzner told The Australian. “You might set your dishwasher to run after you leave for work, at midmorning, because you know it’s going to be sunny and it’s going to cost you nothing to run. The washing machine might be the same. It just depends on what individual needs are.”

“We’re in western Sydney, Kellyville Ridge,” Pfitzner continued. “It hit 49 degrees here one day. So you’re going to use it.”

Based on a national audit, nearly 7,000 solar batteries have been installed in Australian homes since they became available. While these units remain expensive—many costs between $8,000 and $10,000—prices have been falling. Also, based on Pfitzner’s report, this cost should pay for itself in just a few years. The second generation, the Tesla Powerwall 2 will soon be available in the country.

Investing in Australian solar right now is a downright good idea. With increased competition in the private sector, production costs have sharply fallen, and the market base is ready to buy.

The Climate Council’s State of Solar 2016 report was published last week, stating that solar is now the cheapest source of large-scale power generation. Plants are currently generating power at $110/MWh, a figure that is down from 2012 and is expected to continue to fall.

20 new solar power plants are currently planned around the country, said Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie, according to ABC Australia. “In Australia, solar is now cheaper than new fossil fuels and nuclear energy,” McKenzie said, “and that’s been a big shift in the last few years.”

“In the pipeline, we’re seeing another 3,700 megawatts of solar energy coming online in the next few years, so that’s roughly equivalent to powering 600,000 households.”

On the 13th, the largest solar investment plan of its kind was announced. Backed by the German investment group Wirsol, Edify Energy has reached a deal with the federal government and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to spend $230 million on solar farms in Queensland and Victoria.

Mark Hogan, the managing director at Wirsol Energy, reflected on the deal, saying “This transaction firmly positions Wirsol as one of Australia’s leading renewable investors. We will continue building on this success by working alongside our trusted partners to fulfill our goals of deploying at least a further 500 MW of solar in Australia by 2020.”

Despite Turnbull’s government, their hostile stance toward green energy, and South Australia’s recent announcement to make a break from the national energy plan, the subsector of solar energy is thriving. With a few years, Australians should expect both lower costs for household solar, along with more solar-generated energy in the grid.

7 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs on the Gold Coast

7 Ways to Reduce Energy Costs on the Gold Coast

Don’t go into shock when the energy bill arrives due to extreme costs as you attempt to maintain comfortable temperatures in your home. Saving energy is possible when you are a smart consumer, and with such a decision, you’ll enjoy environmental benefits in addition to reduced energy costs. Whether it is summer, spring, winter, or fall, these seven tips will come in handy when you need them most.

1) Layer on the Clothing

When the winter months arrive on the Gold Coast, mild temperatures are oftentimes combated by layering your clothing. Adding a hoodie instead of turning up the heat always benefits the wallet, as will taking it off when it is hot outside versus turning on the air.

2) Call the Electrician

If you think that an electrician is unable to help reduce energy costs, think again. The truth is, KMAC Electrical, a Gold Coast electrician offers a versatile mixture of services that help keep your costs down. In addition, scheduling an appointment with one of the great electricians in Oxenford ensures that your home is safe, reducing the worry of electrical fire, a leading cause of injury and death around the Gold Coast region.

3) Use Your Ceiling Fan

If there is a ceiling fan in your home, put it to good use and benefit greatly. During the summer months, operating the ceiling fan in normal motion ensures that cool air circulates through the home. During the winter months, turning the ceiling fan counterclockwise will ensure proper flow of heat throughout the house.

4)Set your aircon temperature to 24

Rather than blast your way to a cold house by setting your aircon as low as it will go, you’ll find savings when the thermostat is properly set to a temperature 24 degrees. Each degree under 24 causes as much as a 10% increase in your cooling costs

5) Cold Water Washing

Using the cold-water cycle on your washing machine is another recommended way to save money and reduce energy consumption and costs. Many detergents are made specifically for use on the cold-water cycle, but traditional soaps work well, too. Using cold water to wash your clothes can save you more than $100 annually.

6) Insulate the Home

Insulating the home provides added warmth that you’ll appreciate, especially when the time comes to pay your energy bill. Insulation is affordable to purchase and install, with hundreds of dollars in savings possible each year.

7) Upgrade Your Appliances

Upgrading to new, energy-efficient appliances is an exceptional way to add style to your home while reducing the costs of your monthly energy consumption. You’ll love the new look as well as the tremendous savings in store.

Final Thoughts

Put the above tips to use and keep your energy costs down year-round, no matter where you reside on the Gold Coast. Be sure to compare the different electrical services available that may impact the amount of energy consumed at your home. If you can benefit from electrical services and reduce your energy costs, why not take the time to choose an electrician Gold Coast wisely and initiate the job? Finding a Gold Coast electrician isn’t difficult. Comparing both electricians Gold Coast companies and the prices offered from each is simple when you request free, no obligation estimates. KMAC Electrical is one of the top electricians Oxenford, according to many satisfied clients. Checking KMAC Electrical out for yourself may prove beneficial if you want a top-rated electrical company that works to save you money, time, headache, and hassle.

Is Your Workplace Complying with Electrical Safety Measures?

You may not be aware but as an employer or a person conducting a business in Queensland, you have duties to ensure your workplace is safe from dangers that may be caused by electrical equipment.

As part of your duties under Queensland electrical safety laws, you must ensure electrical equipment is kept in a safe condition. According to business.qld.gov.au Some of the specific duties include:

  • protecting extension leads and flexible cables from damage
  • using safety switches in certain situations
  • inspecting, testing and tagging certain electrical equipment on a regular basis
  • removing defective equipment
  • ensuring safety switches are working properly
  • avoiding the use of double adaptors and piggyback plugs for certain work
  • ensuring extension cords are regularly tested and tagged

According to the Electrical Safety Act 2002 (QLD), as an employer, you must regularly inspect and test specified electrical equipment and safety switches. This equipment inspecting and testing can differ depending on the type of work carried out so it’s always best to check the standards yourself.

What is Testing and Tagging?

Testing and Tagging is the process of inspecting or electrically testing electrical appliances and then tagging or labeling them along the way. Performing this process helps to document all the electrical safety system present in a house or a workplace. Furthermore, Test and Tag is known as an electrical risk assessment process because it eliminates the risk of electrical shocks, unpredictable fires and the breach of electrical safety laws.

Who can perform this electrical risk assessment process?

Only a competent person who is appointed by their employer can test and tag electrical appliances. By the word competent, it is emphasized that the person must have either training, prior experiences, related qualifications or a combination of all these before performing this electrical risk assessment process.

Benefits of Test and Tag:

Aside from your mandatory workplace health and safety requirements, there are other benefits of ensuring your appliances are safe, such as:

  1. Eliminates the Risk of Unpredictable Fires: Performing the Test and Tag process helps to eliminate the risk of unpredictable fires because this process highlights various problems with the electrical equipment.
  2. Helps to Avoid Malfunctions: Because of electrical equipment wear and tear over time due to factors like moisture, dust or dirt, they become more likely to malfunction in the near future. But the Test and Tag process helps to identify these issues before an unpredictable fire occurs.
  3. Comply with Australian Laws and Regulations: By following the Test and Tag process, the users of electrical equipment and appliances comply with Australian Laws and Regulations.
  4. Eliminates the Risk of Property Damage: Since the risk of unpredictable fires is eliminated by the Test and Tag process, therefore, the risk of property damage is also eliminated.
  5. Safety and Security of your Employees: Testing and Tagging ensures safety and security for families at home and/or employees at the workplace.

KMAC Electrical are fully licensed and competent Electricians who can help your workplace ensure it is electrically safe at competitive rates. For a free quote please contact us.

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Top Tips for Surviving Summer from a Gold Coast Electrician

 

Summers are tough. They make life a living hell due to the heat one has to bear and the hike in electricity bills they have to manage somehow. Price hikes are a commonplace in summers because almost everyone increases their usage of air conditioners, refrigerators, and even swimming pools, which all require electricity for their functioning and maintenance. But it isn’t difficult to get a hold on your electricity bill in summer if you follow a few tips from Gold Coast Electricians. So what tips might they be? Well, to answer this questions in this post we have compiled an interesting list of “Top Tips for Surviving Summer from a Gold Coast Electrician”.

  1. Have Safety Inspections: According to our Gold Coast Electrician, having safety inspections before the summer starts is necessary. It is because such general safety inspections help to prepare for the high loads that are bound to occur through the summer.
  2. Service of Air Conditioners: Did you know that a serviced Air Conditioner requires less amount of electricity for great cooling as compared to a non-serviced one? Well, now you do! Our Gold Coast Electrician advises getting your Air Conditioners serviced and repaired since it is going to be heavily used throughout the summer.
  3. Test Safety Switches: Faulty safety switches are prone to trip at anytime, be it in the middle of the night or during the day, you never know. So, another great tip from our Gold Coast Electrician is to always test your safety switches or get them tested by a qualified electrician before the summer arrives. Properly working safety switches minimize any sort of nuisance tripping and protects your family from electric shock.
  4. Install Appliances on Off-Peak Tariffs: A smart way to save on electricity bills is to install all your appliances, hot water systems and pools on off-peak tariffs.
  5. Install Peak Smart Meters on Peak Smart Air Conditioners: Why is this among a top tip? Well, this is definitely going to surprise you. Energex has started a program named as the ‘Positive Payback Program’ that gives a reward if you have installed Peak Smart Air Conditioners along with Peak Smart Meters. The reward ranges from $100 to $400 depending upon the cooling capacity that ranges from less than 4kW to 10kW or more.
  6. Install Ceiling Fans: If you really want to save on your electricity bills then a great alternative to using air conditioners is the installation of ceiling fans. They consume less electricity and  in return circulate the air better.
  7. Make Your Entertainment Systems Ready: One last tip by our Gold Coast Electrician for you is to make sure that your entertainment systems are ready for this outdoor festive season. Enjoy your summer.

Pros and Cons of LED Lighting for Home

Light Emitting Diodes, LEDs for short, have become a topic of great interest for people as the awareness of their environmental friendly nature and economic benefits start to spread. Being used primarily as a form of lighting in small electronic devices, LED lighting has come a long way as it is now quite usually used for creation of spectacular effects at events and concerts. Therefore, it has become advanced enough to now be used for everyday purposes around the home. Since a lot of misleading information about LEDs is being spread in the market, this article is written to educate consumers and home owners about the potential of this extraordinary form of lighting. To keep the pattern of this article both educational and easy on the eyes, it is divided into two parts, lists in particular, one each for the pros and cons of LED lighting.
Pros:
Installing LEDs can become a revolutionary step to improve the efficiency and cut on the cost of electricity. Among many countless benefits, here are a few of the most important ones:
Long-Lasting: LEDs have a comparatively longest lifespan which ranges from 35,000 to 50,000 hours when compared to 750 to 2,000 hours for incandescent bulbs and 8,000 to 10,000 hours for CFLs. This factor ultimately saves you future maintenance and cost.
High Efficiency: LEDs increase the efficiency and lowers the power usage when compared to its competitors.
Low Temperature: Because LEDs have a comparatively lower heat output, their part in increase of temperature is negligible.
Size: The small size of LEDs make them prime choice of consumers as they can be used in spaces that might be too small for incandescent bulbs.
Durable: Since LEDs are not made from glass, they are not easily breakable like incandescent bulbs.
Low UV Output: LEDs have a lower ultraviolet and infra-red output which lowers the risk of fire, especially when compared with incandescent lights.
Faster to Switch: The switching time for LEDs is faster and they are less likely to be damaged by on off cycles.
Environment Friendly: Since LEDs don’t increase the temperature, or emit CO2, they are considered the most environment friendly when compared with its other counterparts.
Variety of Colours: LEDs are available in a vast variety of colours, which makes home improvements and decorations much more efficient. Such LEDs can also be setup to dynamically change colour.
Cons:
Like all of the other lighting solutions available, LEDs also have their cons, some of which are compiled in the following list:
Expensive to Purchase: Although the power consumption of LEDs is less than incandescent lights but the upfront cost of purchasing them is much higher.
Non-Dimmable Types: Some LEDs are non-dimmable, therefore it is advised to know the specifications of LEDs of your choice before making the purchase.
Compatibility Issues: Some LEDs might not be compatible with usual and existing dimmers, which can pose a problem for you.
Risk of Failure at High Temperatures: Under high temperature conditions, there is a chance that LEDs may fail prematurely.
Efficiency Can Degrade Over Life: The efficiency of LEDs, including colour quality and light output can decrease over life.
Less Resources Available: Since LEDs is a comparatively new technology, getting advice and accurate specifications can prove to be difficult.
Because the pros of LED lighting outweigh the cons of it, KMAC Electrical highly recommend the use of LEDs and to make them the primary lighting solution for your home and business.

KMAC Electrical – Electricians proudly servicing the Gold Coast and Southeast QLD.

5 Ways To Get More Natural Light In Your Home Design

There’s so much that goes into effective, aesthetically pleasing interior design. Color, texture, feng shui. On Australia’s Gold Coast, one of the aspects of interior design that homeowners forget to account for is natural light. It sounds so simple, though, doesn’t it? There’s actually a bit more you can do instead of opening some windows! Here are five ways that you can incorporate natural light into your home’s design.

1. Pull Back Those Shades

Open the shades and let a little light in! While window treatments definitely add flair to any space, it’s important to take notice of how they are effecting the light. Thick drapes may be blocking out the sun and keeping the natural light from flowing about your space. If you want to incorporate more of the sun’s rays into your interior design, pull back the window treatments or trade them in for a lighter version that allows a little more sun flow.

2. Keep Things Light

You may love a deep mauve on your walls for color and style, but if you want to utilize some natural light for the space, mauve certainly is not your best option. Lighter colors better reflect sunlight, so if you want a room illuminated by natural light, opt for something a little brighter and you won’t have to go heavy on lamps, and chandeliers, and the like.

3. Don’t Block The Windows

Arranging furniture can be a challenge, especially in smaller spaces. If you are trying to design a small space, however, there’s even more reason to keep bigger, bulkier objects away from the windows—to let more light in. Whenever possible, keep the windows free and clear and the natural light will come pouring in.

4. Add Mirrors

One great way to add natural light to a space is to double up on the light you already have available to you. You can do this with strategically placed mirrors which will reflect the sunlight back throughout the room and give it a much brighter atmosphere. (Plus, mirrors can be a fun and unique design choice!)

5. Test Out The Big Changes

There’s just about a zillion ways to let light into your home. “Experiment” with different bigger ideas by using an online room designer to add skylights, accent windows, and doors with windows to see how it will change the tone and lighting in each one of your spaces. You can make big changes and see how they will affect your space without actually having to demo a thing. Now you can be an interior designer too! It’s pretty fun to try.

When Natural Light Simply Isn’t Enough On The Gold Coast

These five tips will surely help you discover new ways to utilize natural light in your home’s interior design, but on Australia’s Gold Coast, sunlight isn’t always enough. When this is the case, call KMAC Electrical. We can help you choose and install light fixtures that compliment your room’s current design and help you pick out the fixtures that will really make your home shine.

How Do We Get Solar Energy At Night?

It’s impossible not to love solar energy—it’s clean, it’s renewable, and it’s reliable. We’d soak up the sun’s rays 24 hours a day if we could, but we can’t. During one hour of daylight, the sun gives us enough energy to power the people of earth for a year. What happens to our beloved clean energy when the sun goes down?

Energy is most in demand during the nighttime hours. We get home from our jobs, cook dinner, turn on the TV, use all the lights in the house, start the laundry. Unfortunately, we need power the most when it is least available. There is, thankfully, some solutions to this dilemma.

Utilizing The Sun’s Heat

Light is not an easy thing to store, but heat is. (Well, easier at least.) The big solar energy plants utilize a salt-based approach to harness the heat that the sun gives because it is extremely cost effective, melts at very high temperatures, and conducts electricity. While this strategy certainly works, it isn’t ideal because although it is clean, it isn’t as cost effective as burning natural gases or fossil fuels.

Other plants use the solar energy and heat to power turbines that generate power that way.

Staying Connected To The Grid

When you provide your own energy via solar panels at home or at the office, staying connected to the grid actually has some stellar benefits. Your panels are likely to make more energy during the day than you will need. This energy gets pumped back into the system and then the power company provides you with that energy at night when you aren’t getting any from your system. If you end up using less energy than your system is making and you take back at night to power your home, the local power company usually pays for the extra energy you contribute to the system.

Get A Battery Back-Up

The extra power your panels absorb during the day can be stored into a battery pack which you can draw energy from at night when you don’t have an active energy source. This is a particularly good option when a home or office doesn’t have a reliable grid nearby to draw from. Agricultural systems in particular tend to use battery-powered back up systems.

Solar Power For The Future

The bad news about solar energy is that we can’t get it at night so proper storage is necessary if we are going to continue to utilize a clean, renewable energy source when the sun goes down. Scientists are constantly working on finding new ways to make solar power more efficient and that includes coming up with ways to extract power at night. For now, we have some pretty great solutions to use until those solutions evolve and get even better.

Are you ready to go solar? KMAC Electrical can help. Contact us today to learn how our certified professionals can get you headed down the path to a cleaner, more affordable energy solution. We have just the expertise you need to get started on the path toward success.

Air Conditioning Upgrades For Gold Coast Residents

The secret is out! Australia’s Gold Coast is a pleasant place to be. The sun, sand, and surf draw in tourists from all over the globe. We, however, are the lucky ones, because we get to call this beautiful place home.

Along with all the sunshine, however, comes some serious heat. Hot days can be particularly dangerous for the very young and the elderly, but it can still certainly have an impact on anyone. For those seriously hot days, the only answer is air conditioning. Not all air conditioning is created equal, however.

No one is knocking that window unit that you’re rocking, but in the long term, it’s simply not economical. These units are energy suckers, for sure, and because they are typically designed to keep just one room cool, you might need several if you plan on keeping your entire house at a comfortable temperature during the summer months.

This can be problematic, and no one wants that, especially when it’s hot out. Keep things simple and do some upgrading. Here are some changes you can make to your air conditioning to keep things at home simply cool.

Split A/C

This option is a big step up from the traditional window unit. A split A/C consists of a compressor which sits outside and the internal unit which sucks in the hot air and shoots out the cool air. These are much more quiet than a window air conditioner and can easily be placed in rooms without windows.

These units won’t take up too much space and aren’t likely to have much of an affect on your home decor. It’s a space saver, for sure.

Central Air

Homes that already have a duct system are just a hop, skip, and a jump away from becoming really, really cool. Just like with the split A/C unit, central air is made up of a compressor that sits outside, but for this kind of system, the cool air is pumped through ducts and is distributed to many rooms in the dwelling.

While the unit that sits outside can be very noisy, the sound indoors should be quite minimal. This allows everyone to stay comfy indoors in every room of the house.

The Cassette

We all know that heat rises, so having air conditioning on the ceiling is a great way to keep things cool. A cassette air conditioner can be very stylish and they are known for being incredibly effective. These are discretely placed on ceilings and are ideal for both the home and the office.

The best part? Typically, no ducts are required.

Are You Ready To Get Cool?

Our coldest says are the equivalent to the absolute warmest in many other destinations. The stunning Australian sunshine typically keeps things hot, which means that KMAC Electrical is always available on the Gold Coast to cool things down. When life starts to heat up, give us a call if you’d like to upgrade your air conditioning, or even if you have some questions. Our highly qualified professionals are ready to help you out.

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