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    10 Mistakes homeowners make when building a home or re-wiring renovated

    property

    Contents

    Introduction ............................................................................................................................ 3

    1.Towel Rail Power Saver ...................................................................................................... 3

    2. Budget before you start for electrical plan ...................................................................... 4

    3. Install enough power outlets from the start .................................................................... 4

    4. Lighting design optimization ............................................................................................ 5

    5. Appliances that save money .............................................................................................. 6

    6. How are you going to heat your home? .......................................................................... 6

    7. Extractor fans and heat lamps in bathrooms .................................................................. 7

    8. Install quality fittings .......................................................................................................... 7

    9. Future proof ........................................................................................................................ 8

    10. Registered tradespersons and Code of Compliance .................................................... 9

    Final Word ............................................................................................................................... 9

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    Introduction

    We love our Do It Yourself (DIY) home renovations. It has been named as the

    national pastime of our population and large companies who specialize in selling

    building and renovation products, have built million dollar businesses from the DIY

    activities.

    Many people even take on the huge task of building their own home completely

    themselves, or find ways of being heavily involved in the building.

    However, as experienced electricians who have built many homes, has been involved

    in many renovation projects, from very small to very large, we can identify common

    mistakes that homeowners make when building a new home, or renovating a home.

    That is why we came up with this report which alerts homeowners to these mistakes

    and can, hopefully, go some way to saving homeowners and builders time, money and

    effort in their electricity plan when building a new home or on a renovation project.

    1. Towel Rail Power Saver

    Install towel rail power savers at the same time that towel rails are installed in your new

    home or when you are renovating a bathroom. These clever, power saving devices are

    brilliant power-saving gadgets. They are independent from your towel rails and save

    power in that it can be set to switch on/off through the use of a timer at certain times

    of the day. The correct device for your towel rail is determined by the type of towel rail.

    The device can be set to switch on an hour or so before you normally take a shower

    and switch off approximately an hour after, saving up to 22 hours of power a day. The

    heat settings can also be set to suit your needs. Installing the devices at the time of

    installing the towel rails, will save money on electrical labour costs of having a

    tradesman doing the work separately in another job. These power saving devices can

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    also be installed in existing towel rails, but the work needs to be carried out by a

    registered electrician. Ask us here for a quote or more information.

    2. Budget before you start for electrical plan

    Set a budget for your electrical plan and then get an electrician to fit into budget. When

    you are building a new home or renovating an existing home, make sure you set a budget

    for your electrical plan and have your friendly electrician work to fit the material and

    labour costs of all electrical work into the budget, rather than guessing what it may cost.

    Setting a budget beforehand will forces you and the electrician to consider cost when

    determining which fittings and appliances to install in the home.

    3. Install enough power outlets from the start When designing your electrical plan, make sure that you install enough power outlets in

    all rooms of your home. Installing additional power outlets in a home is the most

    To get a free quote for

    your electrical budget, see

    our standards rates at

    jzeelectrical.co.nz, phone

    0221926302 or email

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    common small jobs electricians have to complete. It comes at high cost to the

    homeowner when it has to be done as a separate job. It can also be problematic when

    the home is of a certain build, e.g. Lockwood or concrete block construction.

    Think about your electrical needs, e.g. power outlets to charge phones, computers and

    TVs in bedrooms and enough power outlets in long hallways for vacuum cleaners. Also

    think about the distribution of appliances on the kitchen bench tops, e.g. toasters,

    coffee makers, sandwich press, can openers, which may not be obvious at the time

    when you install bigger appliances like dishwashers and ovens. Make sure that you have

    enough separate power points around your bench top spaces so that you do not need

    to use power adapters and multi plugs. Having several smaller kitchen appliances on a

    multi plug which runs off a single power point can lead to electrical short cuts and may

    cause power trips due to overloading.

    4. Lighting design optimization

    Optimise the distribution of light in your home with clever lighting design which

    requires less light fittings and saves power. For example, install separate circuits for

    lights in your living room and a hallway which runs off the living room so that the lights

    in the hallway can be switched off to save power and the lights in the living room can

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    be left on. Also make use of auto sensors to switch lights on when someone enters a

    room and switches off when there is not human activity in the room.

    5. Appliances that save money

    When you are installing new appliances ensure that you check the energy rating on the

    new appliances at the time of purchase. Only buy trustworthy appliances with a

    warranty period and backup service availability. Buying cheap appliances with no service

    and parts availability will cause you to have ongoing costs of expensive repairs or

    replacement.

    6. How are you going to heat your home?

    We are also fully qualified heat pump installers.

    When you plan on building a new home, or renovating an older home, make sure you

    think about the ways in which you are going to heat the home and include the costs and

    materials for heating in your electrical plan and cost considerations. Heating options for

    your home will depend on the layout, size and age of the home. For example, installing

    under floor heating in older homes can be more expensive and labour intensive than in

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    new builds. Also, installing heat pumps will depend on the layout of the home, whether

    it is open plan or where several singular rooms will have to be heated with different

    heat pumps or a system which distributes warm air through a ducted system.

    7. Extractor fans and heat lamps in bathrooms

    Extractor fans, bathroom heaters and heat lamps in bathrooms should be installed at

    the time of building or renovating and not separately to save time labour and materials

    costs of a separate job. It is also important to consider the installation of extractor fans

    in building planning because the placing of external ducts in, for example, homes with

    flat roofs and monolithic building styles is nearly impossible. Installing these bathroom

    appliances after the build or renovation is finished will add additional cost which could

    be avoided.

    8. Install quality fittings

    It is always better to buy and install quality electrical fittings which are recommended

    by professional electricians, instead of cheaper, bulk produced electrical fittings which

    can be bought at building outlet stores. Quality fittings will last longer and save the cost

    of having a tradesman replace cheap, worn, broken or corroded fittings which cannot

    be replaced by homeowner alone. Quality fittings usually hold a longer warranty and a

    replacement can be claimed in the case that it is defective before a warranty period runs

    out. If you n