Dr Anthony Lynham


Switch off before you head off

Switch off before you head off

23 December, 2019 –

Whether you’re heading off for a few days or a number of weeks, it’s a good idea to go from room to room methodically switching off appliances at the wall – particularly those that don’t need to be on while you’re away.

By doing this you’re reducing the likelihood of an appliance failing while you’re away and possibly causing a fire.

You’ll also be saving energy because many appliances, like TVs, microwaves and entertainment systems, have a standby mode and unless you turn them off at the wall, they’ll continue to use power while you’re away.

If you are taking an extended holiday, it’s worthwhile considering clearing out and switching off fridges and freezers for further peace of mind while you’re away.

No-one wants to come home from holiday to a fridge or freezer full of spoiled food if there’s been a fault while they’re away!

By taking a few precautions you can help ensure your house will be just as you left it, and your next power bill won’t be a shock when it arrives.

Read more electrical home safety tips at www.ergon.com.au/network/safety/home-safety