Heat Pump News
New Zealand Herald, Wednesday 21 May 2008
It has been drawn to the Electrical Workers Registration Board’s attention that electrical circuitry and connections associated with the installation of heat pumps may be being carried out by persons who are not authorised to undertake such work.
The Board is concerned that the public may be put at risk if electrical work is carried out in a non compliant manner and the Board recommends that homeowners who have electrical work carrier out ask to see an electrical worker’s practising license as electrical jobs can go drastically wrong if done by unqualified people.
A practising licence holder is a professional, who is registered by the Board and is legally allowed to do electrical work. He/she is up to date on current safety procedures and has access to electrical standards.
Electrical registration and licensing ensure your safety because a worker can not be registered without appropriate training, and this does not just include training in electrical practices, but also in safe working practices. For example, all practising license holders have basic first aid and CPR training, in case of an accident.
The Board was established to ensure the safety of electrical work undertaken and that electrical workers are competent and accountable for their work. It can also take action against unregistered people found to be doing electrical work without authority. But, the onus is firstly on the homeowner to make sure an unlicensed person does not work on their home or appliances.
- Ask for a Certificate of Compliance
Electrical workers are required by law to issue a Certificate of Compliance to customers when they install any “fixed” wiring work, including any fittings (e.g. power points) that are connected to that wiring.
A Certificate of Compliance is the public assurance that the electrical work carried out complies with the safety requirements. Make sure you get a copy.
- Ask for an Electrical Safety Certificate
When you have maintenance work done, or an electrical appliance repaired, ask to see an Electrical Safety Certificate. This small blue sticker assures you that your appliance has been tested and is safe. Only practicing license holders can issue you with an electrical safety certificate.
- If you have a problem
Licensed electrical workers are professionals and are there to do the job safely and correctly. If you have a problem with electrical work that has been carried out by a licensed person, contact them first to see if the problem can be resolved.
In the unlikely event that the problem can not be resolved, you can make a complaint about dangerous or faulty electrical work.
If you are worried about any electrical work you have had done, phone
0800 66 1000 for assistance and advice.
Heat pump sales increase squeezing out solid fuel
The New Zealand Herald, Monday January 21, 2008
New research shows heat pumps are quickly becoming the preferred way to heat and cool New Zealand Homes.
Initial findings of a report to be released this year by Branz Ltd, a research, testing, consultancy, and educational service for the building industry, indicate New Zealanders are moving away from solid fuel heating.
Branz energy scientist Lisa French recently completed a national survey which looked at how heat pumps were used in New Zealand. She said the increased use of heat pumps could mean higher annual average consumption of electricity but the pumps were highly effective.
"Most users of heat pumps are very happy with their decision, despite the trend towards an increase in the overall use of electricity."
Colder areas had the highest proportion of heat pump and use in summer had risen throughout the country. The majority of homes were still heated by solid fuel burners by 40 percent installed a heat pump to replace a wood burner or gas heater.
Heat pump sales in the past year were more than double those of three years ago and 45 percent of new homes had a heat pump installed.