The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. MHIAA Celebrates Exciting Move to State-of-the-Art NEW Premises 2019-04-16T03:08:29Z mhiaa-celebrates-exciting-move-to-state-of-the-art-new-premises Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) recently announced that the company’s head office has relocated to a new premises in March 2019. The move from Kingsgrove to Regents Park in New South Wales signals the beginning of the next stage of MHIAA’s continued success in the heating and cooling solutions market. During a company address Mr. Yuji Ito, Managing Director for MHIAA (Australia and New Zealand) says that their new space offers improved facilities which are more suited to the expanding company’s changing needs. The most exciting feature of the new premises is the state-of-the-art showroom and training facility fondly known as Innovation Park, MHIAA Solution Centre. MHIAA collaborated with the Sydney-based design company, the Design Team to bring this interactive and innovative space to life. Mr. Ito says that the showroom exemplifies one of MHIAA’s core values. “Innovation is in our DNA and is central to both our organisation and the development of our solutions. It allows us to push boundaries and meet the needs of our customers.” To bring this new office to life, MHIAA worked with Powerhouse Group for the design and build of the new office space and Marshall Air for all air conditioning installations. “With our new office, we also wanted to showcase our proud Japanese heritage and looked to Japanese and industrial influences. Japan represents innovation and a customer-centric approach and what better way to impress customers than by making use of some of their design principles and philosophies?” says Mr. Ito. BUILDING ON 20 YEARS OF CONSTANT SUCCESS MHIAA’s Head Office relocation coincides with the company’s 20th anniversary celebration in the local market this year. From relatively humble beginnings as a dedicated air-conditioning sales division in Australia in 1999, MHIAA has grown to be an industry leader in the provision of award-winning air-conditioning solutions for residential and commercial environments around the country. “Continued growth in every aspect of our company is integral to the MHIAA ethos. That desire for growth is driven by our employees, who tirelessly strive for innovative design, integrity in our business practices and the highest possible standard of customer service” adds Mr. Ito. This commitment to consistent excellence has certainly been noticed by consumers, with MHIAA being awarded as the 2018 Best Brand of Air Conditioners by leading consumer-activist group, CHOICE®. “We believe that the new Head Office location in Regents Park will enable us to perform at an even higher capacity and provide our customers with the same standard of quality they have come to know and love from MHIAA” concludes Mr. Ito. Continued Growth as MHIAA expands its National Team 2019-04-16T03:07:52Z continued-growth-as-mhiaa-expands-its-national-team Following on from its recent success, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) is growing its team to better service its customer needs. After recently moving to the new state-of-the-art premises in Regents Park (New South Wales), the company is pleased to announce that Amir Naqvi and Damian Hatch have joined the company as Supply Chain Manager and National Accounts Manager, respectively, to Australia and New Zealand. As a seasoned supply chain professional, Amir brings 15 years of expertise to the team. “Prior to MHIAA, I was involved in reviewing and optimising supply chain structures for large multinationals. I’ve also handled transport, logistics, warehousing, project and change management”. MHIAA prides itself on service delivery and customer satisfaction and ensuring that its processes are optimised is critical to the company’s success. Amir believes that logistics plays a pivotal role in building a company’s reputation and in expanding its customer base. “By ensuring that robust processes and back up plans are in place, we can deliver seamless, safe logistics”. Amir looks to bolster MHIAA’s efficiencies by taking its supply chain to the next level. “I am a strong believer in team work, and I will work closely with my new team to make sure that we achieve all our objectives”. Optimistic about the future, Amir says that he is looking to settle down at MHIAA and to utilise his experience in the best way possible. “I was fortunate to receive a short contract with MHIAA prior to my full-time employment at the company. It gave me the opportunity to immerse myself in the brand and I immediately noticed the friendly and cooperative culture”. MHIAA also welcomed Damian Hatch who assumes the role of National Accounts Manager and will oversee MHIAA’s national reseller and retail customers. With years of trade experience under his belt, Damian gained a wealth of business acumen whilst running his own business. He then moved into the corporate space where he spent almost two decades in sales and client services. “I’ve dealt with key national accounts in the past and pride myself on the strong and established relationships that I’ve built over time” says Damian. Aligning to the company’s intrepid goals for the future, Damian will be responsible for developing and implementing a sustainable sales strategy across Australia and New Zealand. “I am pleased and privileged to have joined MHIAA and I look forward to helping them bring their goals to life”. Damian comments that he looks forward to meeting with all national accounts and building on the trusted and established partnerships. “It’s an exciting time to join MHIAA and I am ready to start working with the national accounts to create an even bigger presence for MHIAA in the industry.” Adrian Brown, General Manager – Sales and Planning says that these new appointments give the company ample opportunities for expansion, refinement and improved collaboration. “We welcome Amir and Damian to our family and we look forward to the continued success of MHIAA in the market”. About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia offers a complete range of premium air-conditioners for residential and commercial spaces. Innovation is central to the organisation and underpins every aspect of MHIAA’s product range. Fostering Japan’s technological leadership and in combination with the organisation’s rich heritage in engineering, aviation and spacecraft leadership, the company continues to achieve unrivalled success in Australia and New Zealand.  MHIAA Celebrates 20 Years in Australia 2019-03-06T01:22:18Z mhiaa-celebrates-20-years-in-australia In 2019, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia, Pty. Ltd. (MHIAA) celebrates its 20th anniversary in Australia. What initially started off as dedicated Air Conditioners sales division in 1999 under the banner of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Australia (MHIAU), has today expanded around the country and into New Zealand. Through successful operations, the company grew and eventually developed as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia (MHIAA) in 2009 to bring award-winning, high quality air conditioning solutions for both commercial and residential applications.  Building on a rich global heritage of more than 130 years, MHIAA has endeavoured to develop a company with a local heart, right here on our local shores. Driven by their commitment to innovation, integrity and excellence, for MHIAA it is the people who have been responsible for the company’s success and growth. According to Mr. Yuji ITO, Managing Director for MHIAA, “Taking Australia’s comfort into our hands is no small feat. We are inspired by our customers; we listen to them and we develop solutions based on their needs.”  “Over the past 20 years we have witnessed and have been instrumental in creating change through engineering and design. From silent operation, to long reach air flow, energy conservation and durability right through to digital advancements with Wi-Fi connectivity, MHI products continue to focus on innovative solutions for the HVAC market. One of the things I really enjoy about being part of the team is the focus on innovation, research and development. It is so important, not only in today’s competitive market, but in keeping us ahead of consumer demands and new technology” adds Mr. ITO. To celebrate 20 years in the local market, MHIAA wanted to give something back to the community. The 2018/19 summer campaign proved just that, where MHIAA donated $20 to the Australian Red Cross Natural Disaster Relief Fund for every registered air conditioner unit purchased by the consumer (Dec 2018 – Feb 2019). Mr. ITO says that this cause resonates in the hearts and minds of Aussies, particularly over our harsh summer season. “While most of us enjoy a comfortable home environment throughout the year, many Australians face the reality of natural disasters each day particularly during our harsh summer. With MHIAA celebrating its 20th year in the market, we really wanted to use this time to give back to our local communities.” Further cementing its commitment to the market, MHIAA was selected by CHOICE® as the Best Brand of Air Conditioners for 2018 against tough competition. This highly regarded stamp of approval is based on the latest reviews of 140 split-system air conditioners and the 7,738 responses in the annual reliability and satisfaction survey completed by CHOICE® members. The results were based on a number of different factors including ‘Customer Satisfaction’ and ‘Brand Reliability, in which Mitsubishi Heavy Industries scored extremely well – achieving an impressive 91% for customer satisfaction and 88% for brand reliability. This allowed the company to out-perform all competitors and achieve an overall Best Brand Score of 79%.  Furthermore the brand is endorsed by brand ambassador and home aficionado, Tara Dennis. Tara joined the company in July 2017 as the brands first ambassador to Australia and New Zealand. For Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Tara Dennis was an undeniable choice as she represents all that the brand stands for and brings a level of trust to the minds of consumers. This partnership has generated and extended the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries brand image across Australia and New Zealand. “Without our customers and our resellers, it would not be possible to have achieved any of these milestones or accolades. Thank you for your continued support and here’s to the next 20 years” Mr. ITO concludes.  About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Air-Conditioners Australia offers a complete range of premium air-conditioners for residential and commercial spaces. Innovation is central to the organisation and underpins every aspect of MHIAA’s product range. Fostering Japan’s technological leadership and in combination with the organisation’s rich heritage in engineering, aviation and spacecraft leadership, the company continues to achieve unrivalled success in Australia and New Zealand.    Coordinate Your Project Team Before You Begin Renovations Warns Gold Coast Electrical Contractor EJ Electrical Works In Burleigh Heads 2019-03-01T23:00:10Z coordinate-your-project-team-before-you-begin-renovations-warns-gold-coast-electrical-contractor-ej-electrical-works-in-burleigh-heads The proliferation of fast home renovation shows on TV have led some homeowners to think that renos are easily cobbled together. But, warns EJ Barnes, aGold Coast electrical contractor, good planning and coordination is as important in home renovation projects as it is in any construction project. Project management is a complex business, and communication is key to a well-coordinated project. It’s when homeowners start calling in contractors piecemeal that the trouble begins, says Barnes. For the best results, he suggests calling in contractors simultaneously before the works begin so that they can discuss the places where their tasks interface. “For example,” he says, “our work comes after the builders’ and the success of some of it depends on what the builders do. I find it best to approach the project as a team rather than as two individual contractors with separate agendas.” Electricity is Not an Add-On Electricity is something people are inclined to take for granted, says EJ Barnes. But remembering that even small changes in home layout will affect the places where we want access to power, lighting, and so on helps homeowners to stay on budget. “DIY renos often reach a point where someone remembers they’re going to want a power point to move, and then it’s time for us to save the day again!” While experienced electricians like EJ are expert at rescuing the uninitiated from the consequences of a poorly-planned renovation, EJ likes his customers to enjoy plain sailing. “If you’re planning to change the layout of kitchen counters – even switch your lounge or bedroom furniture around, you might need electrical work done. The good news is it might cost less than you expected. The bad news is that things are going to be pretty inconvenient for you for a while if electrical work came as afterthought to a home improvement project.” Big or Small, There’s Always a Project Team Whether you’ve chosen to use professional construction and electrical contractors for renovations or need help with a few tweaks you’re taking on as a DIY project, EJ Barnes says there’s always a project team. “With a reno, there’s less pressure than there is with a big construction project, but the same principles apply. All the people who are involved must coordinate and cooperate to get the project completed to specification. That means starting a dialogue before we begin works.” Working With Construction Companies and Homeowners: It’s What They Do For EJ Barnes and his team, working with construction companies is part of the regular routine. EJ Electrical works understands the need to keep renovation projects on track, on schedule, and to specification, and that makes the company a favourite with Gold Coast construction companies. But homeowners are still very much a part of EJ’s customer base – and the reasons why they like dealing with EJ Electrical Works are similar to those of the construction companies. “We don’t believe in dual standards,” says EJ. “That’s what professionalism’s about.” The message is clear. If you’re considering a home renovation project, and you need a Gold Coast electrician on your project team, EJ Electrical Works is ready to see it through with you from planning to completion. Reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ,that’s 1300 342 535. Written & Syndicated by Baxton Media. News: Industrial IOT Innovator MOVUS Launches First Wireless, Intrinsically Safe, AI Condition Monitoring Tool 2019-02-28T00:28:58Z news-industrial-iot-innovator-movus-launches-first-wireless-intrinsically-safe-ai-condition-monitoring-tool Brisbane, February 28 2019 - MOVUS®, the developer and provider of the FitMachine® IIoT solution, has launched the most advanced and cost-effective intrinsically safe, certified condition monitoring technology in a bid to reduce maintenance costs. FitMachine EX has been built specifically for explosive environments where monitoring and maintaining the equipment is extremely hazardous, so safety is critical to engineering and maintenance processes. These include upstream oil and gas, refineries, industrial chemicals, mining and food processing sites. MOVUS designed FitMachine EX in partnership with major oil and gas companies following its win of the KPMG Energise 2.0 Accelerator Program sponsored by Woodside, Chevron, BHP, WesFarmers Chemicals and South32. MOVUS also undertook extensive certification process, included internal systems and processes, manufacturing auditing processes and material management control to ensure compliance with ISO/IEC 80079-34:2018, the quality system for manufacturing devices for Explosive Atmospheres. “From our work with major industrial organisations, we recognised the need for an intrinsically safe sensor. Safety is a core value at MOVUS and we are now excited to bring the FitMachine EX solution to market for the oil & gas, and food processing industries,” said Brad Parsons, Founder and CEO of MOVUS. “We understand that these are extremely sensitive environments where equipment downtime directly impacts the bottom line. By providing the most advanced artificial intelligence-powered condition monitoring solution at a cost-effective price, FitMachine EX delivers a very compelling solution,” he added. MOVUS has chosen ALS as its main go-to-market business partner for FitMachine EX, due to ALS’s asset reliability and condition monitoring expertise in the heavy asset industries. “We have been working with MOVUS for more than twelve months and see great value in the FitMachine EX. Our clients have been asking for an intrinsically safe wireless sensor, and we are very pleased with this advanced technology, rigorous testing and certification, and the rapid development speed,” said Mushfiq Rahman, ALS Group General Manager. FitMachine is a condition-based maintenance solution that detects machine failures in advance using artificial intelligence and machine learning. The solution comprises an industrial intrinsically safe wireless sensor, mobile application, analytics and trending dashboards, and an artificial intelligence engine. The system continuously monitors equipment 24x7 and learns what the normal operation of machinery is to detect any abnormalities and alert the organisation before failures occur. The insights provided are extremely valuable in avoiding unplanned downtime. MOVUS will showcase FitMachine EX at the Australasian Oil and Gas (AOG) Conference in Perth March 13 - 15. FitMachine EX is available for pre-purchase now, please visit sales@movus.com.au / https://www.movus.com.au/ex to learn more. About MOVUS MOVUS is an Australian company headquartered in Brisbane, with global customers across many industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, mining, industrial chemicals, commercial property/HVAC, packaging, steel manufacturing, oil and gas, water utilities, government, and data centres. Founded in 2015 and backed by Blackbird Ventures, Telstra Ventures and Skip Capital, MOVUS’ world leading Industrial IoT (IIoT) solution FitMachine® transforms dumb equipment into ‘smart equipment’ and enables this through consumer styled simplicity combined with world class artificial intelligence. FitMachine proactively monitors the condition and operating performance of industrial equipment. For customers, a compelling return on investment is realised via reducing the need for manual inspections, reduction in hazardous work and energy consumption, while minimising the risk of unplanned downtime. MOVUS acts as a conduit for improved asset management and lifecycle optimisation, thus reducing energy consumption and waste on a global scale. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Electrician, Elijah Barnes of EJ Electrical Works, Gives Storm Power Failure Outage Advice To Local Businesses on the Gold Coast 2019-02-19T06:47:36Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-electrician-elijah-barnes-of-ej-electrical-works-gives-storm-power-failure-outage-advice-to-local-businesses-on-the-gold-coast The October storms that lashed the Gold Coast caused their share of damage and, at best, inconvenience. Thousands of homes were without power, and with extreme weather seeing to have become more frequent in recent years, CEO of EJ Electrical Works, EJ Barnes feels it’s time discuss thunderstorm-readiness strategies and power failure advice.Surge Protection Helps, But…Electrical storms can wreak havoc on the electrical supply. If you have expensive electronics, you do need good surge protection, but be aware of its limitations. It can cushion you against some current fluctuations, but it’s not a silver bullet.If a lightning strike is near enough, no surge protection is going to stop your electronics from getting totalled. The best protection when lightening is overhead or very near is to switch off and unplug appliances and electronics. Unplug your landline. If you really need to make a call, your mobile is a safer bet.If the power goes down, it’s wisest to unplug electronics even when there isn’t lightening nearby. Most of the time there won’t be a big enough power surge to cause damage when the power comes on, but there is a small risk. Be sure all appliances are off. For example, if a clothes iron or a stove is inadvertently left switched on, it could cause a fire when the power comes back on.Power Failure Advice Basics: LED Lights and Gas CookerCandles are nice for romantic dinners, but they are a fire hazard when used as utility lighting. EJ says there are some really cheap and effective LED lamps on the market these days and they make a better, and safer, backup for power failures. Remember to have spare batteries handy.Chances are, you have a gas cooker of some sort with your camping and outdoor gear. Keep it handy for hot drinks and food when the electricity fails. It’s a small thing, but being able to have a hot cup of coffee makes a difference. Check the gas and consider getting a backup bottle just in case.If You Suspect Water or Storm Damage Be Extra CarefulIf you’re worried that a storm has damaged electrical infrastructure or appliances, don’t try turning anything on until you’ve called an emergency electrician out to have a look. “Water and electricity are a dangerous combination. It’s better to be safe than sorry,” says Barnes. Have a professional check it out before you touch anything.Backup Electricity Source: Right for You?Barnes says that most Gold Coast households probably don’t need to bother with backup electricity. However, if there’s a reason why your home or business being off the grid would be very awkward for you, it’s perfectly feasible to look at some form of backup energy source. “It’s up to individuals and businesses to weigh the costs against the benefits,” says Barnes.If Gold Coast residents have any concerns about electrical system storm safety, you can reach businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians via their websites giving them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Northern Rivers Electrician Contractor, EJ Electrical Works, Provides Cheap LED Lighting Services and Explains Over-Illumination in Tweed Heads, Gold Coast 2019-02-18T06:46:08Z best-northern-rivers-electrician-contractor-ej-electrical-works-provides-cheap-led-lighting-services-and-explains-over-illumination-in-tweed-heads-gold-coast With LED lighting cutting energy costs there’s a renewed movement towards illuminating just about everything from trees to buildings – and in spaces where light is needed, we may be going altogether too bright. EJ Barnes, a Gold Coast Electrician and owner of EJ Electrical Works, points out that when it comes to lighting, too much of a good thing can be bad for us.The Many Facets of Over-IlluminationOver-illumination is a term that describes a variety of situations in which there is more light than we really need. It can refer to very high artificial light intensities, or it can refer to unnecessary lighting such as leaving an unoccupied office illuminated all night.But these days we’re recognising the need to vary light intensity depending on what we’re doing instead of opting for the brightest possible light all the time, the need to experience softer light later in the day, and our inbuilt preference for natural light.Barnes says this extends the definition of over-illumination to include too few controls to vary light intensity, not making the most of natural light during the day, and possibly, using the wrong light spectrums in artificially lit spaces.Why We Should Think About Over-IlluminationBarnes says we’ve only lately become aware of the ways in which lighting influences us on a biological level. “It’s not just eye-strain,” he explains, “it’s headaches, migraines, stress, and fatigue.”There’s also the question of utility. Barnes agrees that illuminating landmark architectural features, for example, helps to give a city its character, but he feels that we need to be cautious about what we illuminate.“Personally, I feel that illuminating the outside of a building is fine if it’s a building that’s important to a lot of people or if it’s minimalistic lighting that just helps people to find their way home in the dark. But we need to think about utility. There’s a cost and an environmental impact to lighting despite recent energy-saving options.”As for lighting areas that are both unoccupied and unseen from the outside, Barnes recommends a rethink. Security cameras can see in the dark these days, so why bother? Just turning off unnecessary lights can save businesses a lot of money in the long run.Bright Light in Retail SpacesThese days, we seem to love extremely bright light. But Barnes isn’t sure it’s good for us in the long run. Retail spaces are increasingly going for light far above the average foot-candle (fc) level of 30-40 recommended for office work. “It probably isn't comfortable for their clients, but it certainly isn’t good for their staff,” remarks Barnes.He understands why retailers love all that bright light. They literally shine out. But he recommends focussing the brightest light on featured display areas rather than regular shopping spaces and work areas. His logic is that you’ll get more visual impact from your planned displays and marketing materials that way.Gold Coast Electrician Advocates People-Centric IlluminationWhen choices need to be made, Barnes recommends that we look to people first. What people do in different settings serves as the logical guide to how they should be lit. “You shouldn’t illuminate a feature planting in a parking lot if you haven’t illuminated the walkway first – and it’s worth considering whether lighting up the feature planting has any value to speak of even if the walkways are already well-lit.As for extremely bright retail space illumination, that might be counter-productive. Research shows that shoppers are most comfortable in moderate light with a warm temperature. The very bright, white lighting designs we’re seeing in some outlets could even be putting clients off.Perfect Practicality Matches with Perfect AestheticsOver-illumination is wasteful and, very often, counterproductive, Barnes concludes. “We need to make lighting decisions around the people who use spaces. That might sometimes include lighting that’s there for purely aesthetic reasons, but its impact will have been carefully considered as part of an engineered experience.”“It makes sense that lighting that’s been designed with restraint and an eye for practicality also reflects good taste. It’s also important that we should begin to see light as a customisable feature. For now, we can look at individualising workspaces so that people can adjust lighting according to tasks and preferences. In the future, we may be able to adjust lighting automatically, for example, in response to what shoppers are doing in a store.”The key, says Barnes is practicality. Form follows function and the result is good aesthetics. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but it can be effective. If you’d like to find out how EJ Electrical Works can help you with office or retail space lighting design, visit EJ Electrical Works website or call 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Electrician Near Me, EJ Electrical Works, Explains Affordable Decor Featured Ceiling Fans and Air Conditioning in Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast 2019-02-15T06:44:51Z best-electrician-near-me-ej-electrical-works-explains-affordable-decor-featured-ceiling-fans-and-air-conditioning-in-mermaid-beach-gold-coast With summer hotting up, Australians will be working on keeping cool, and some of the “low tech” solutions are still good ones says Gold Coast electrician EJ Barnes. What’s more, you might be interested in seeing how they’ve evolved – you might be in for a few surprises.Barnes knows more about ceiling fans than most people do: as a Gold Coast electrician, spring and summer callouts are often for the installation or maintenance of these standbys, and while you can go with basic and functional, you have far more options than you may have realised.From Smart Fans to Dreamy Décor FeaturesThe connected home trend hasn’t overlooked the possibilities it can explore with “smart” fans and several companies have come out with their versions of a high-tech ceiling fan. However, Barnes isn’t altogether convinced they’re worth getting.He’s done a lot of work on connected homes too and doesn’t see the point in remotely controlling an appliance that only works to cool skin because it moves air around. “A ceiling fan doesn’t change the air temperature. It just makes you feel cooler. When you leave the room, you may as well switch it off to save energy.”“The only real use I can think of for smart fans is to set them up so that they’ll be off during the hours you aren’t using rooms or when you’re at work, and a simple timer switch could do the same thing for a lower price.”However, it’s the arty innovations on the theme that make Barnes enthusiastic. Sometimes, it’s special touches to the classic ceiling fan design – like using genuine wood blades – sometimes it’s a move towards a steampunk look, or it could be unexpected blade shapes. There are some really creative fan designs, but Barnes warns that functionality comes first.“I like the idea of ceiling fans being an important décor feature, but the size of the fan, the strength of its motor, it’s ability to run silently, and its energy efficiency are all more important than looks.”Ceiling Fan, Air Conditioning, or Both?The way we use ceiling fans also needs a little rethinking, say Barnes. As an alternative to air conditioning, they will certainly save energy. They could still save you energy if you use them as a way to delay the decision to use air conditioning, but they probably won’t work to reduce energy consumption if you use both at the same time.The theory is that people with ceiling fans will choose higher temperature thermostat settings when they turn on the AC, but a Florida researcher disproved that back in 1996 after checking thermostat settings against ceiling fan use and finding no significant differences.“Fans are very effective for cooling if you position them well and if you choose the right fan for the space,” says Barnes. “There’s a specific formula for choosing the right size fan, and you also need to think about its power. After that, you can look at extras like those super-cool fan designs.”EJ Electrical Works are Gold Coast electricians, tackling everything from big construction projects to minor home repairs for local householders. They can be reached via their website or by calling 07 - 3833 4405.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Top Casuarina Homes Designer and Best Coolangatta Electrical Contractor Provides Affordable Services on the Gold Coast 2019-02-14T06:43:01Z top-casuarina-homes-designer-and-best-coolangatta-electrical-contractor-provides-affordable-services-on-the-gold-coast Casuarina may still be a relatively quiet spot, but the beachfront setting is attracting developers and private individuals with an eye for luxury modern design says Gold Coast Electrician, EJ Barnes. In fact, the electrical contractor, who has been responsible for the execution of dramatic lighting designs at many of these designer properties, is in awe at some of the projects in which his business has participated.“They’re private homes,” says EJ, “but everything about them is cutting-edge. We’re talking palatial residences that feature everything of the very best.” According to EJ, many of the builds are investments: “You’ll complete the project, and before long, you’ll see the place on the market as the premium coastal property in the area.”One project, in particular, really stands out for Barnes. It features a space-age style overhang and seems to more closely resemble a spaceship than a building. The double-storey home features floor to ceiling glass and a swimming pool that spans the length of the property.“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Barnes, “and I wasn’t surprised to hear that it attracted interest from all over the world when it hit the market.”Barnes is especially proud that many of the images you’ll see of this much-publicised property are evening shots. Still, he thinks he could have predicted the photography preference. After all, the lighting is a striking feature, and his company was responsible for its installation. “It looks great by day,” he says, “but I’m especially pleased with the night-time look. It’s stunning.”It wasn’t only the lighting that occupied Barnes and his team. The all-mod-cons home features zoned air conditioning, CCTV, and Google Home Automation. Now, the burning question is where the buyer will come from. the house is currently advertised for sale at close on $4million with an alternative price listed in bitcoins - a futuristic touch that some may still call a leap of faith given the currency’s volatility.“I don’t think it’ll be a guesthouse,” says Barnes. “There isn’t really enough parking for that. As to who’ll buy it - all I can say is that they’ll need to be very wealthy indeed.” After finding the property online, we’re inclined to agree. After all, few properties can boast as much publicity, professional photography, or videography - or an estate agent ruining his dry-clean-only suit in the lap pool for the sake of a sales video.Meanwhile, Barnes is quietly proud of EJ Electrical Work’s role in the construction of one of the most-talked-about properties in Australia. “We’re trusted with premium projects because we’re brilliant at what we do,” says Barnes. “It’s as simple as that.”Despite a string of prestigious projects, Barnes keeps his feet on the ground. His company is there to help every client that contacts it. It could be something as simple as breaker that keeps tripping - or it could be the electrical works for a shopping centre, an architect-designed house, or your (much more down-to-earth) home renovations.“We love looking back on amazing projects like this one,” says Barnes, “but at the end of the day, it’s satisfied customers and a job well done that matter most.”If you’d like to put the company responsible for electrical works at a multi-million-dollar designer home to the test with your broken light-switch - or a massive improvement project, you’re welcome to get in touch, says EJ. Contact EJ Electrical Works via its website, or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Best Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers Safety Electrician, EJ Electrical Works, Gold Coast Contractor Warns Against Cheap Components Nearby 2019-02-13T06:41:51Z best-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers-safety-electrician-ej-electrical-works-gold-coast-contractor-warns-against-cheap-components-nearby Australia prides itself in some of the best product-safety legislation in the world, but consumers still need to be alert, particularly when it comes to building materials and electrical components warns EJ Barnes, CEO of a Gold Coast electrical contracting firm.It has been in the news since 2013, and although there has no doubt been progress, Barnes warns that non-compliant building materials and components still find their way onto building sites. As he points out, our legislation may be excellent, but enforcement may not be as easy as it sounds.“A lot of building materials and components are imported,” he says, “and I’m not convinced that they’re all checked for compliance with our safety standards.”It’s a valid concern and one that comes back to haunt us for years after the materials have been used. The Infinity cables scandal in which retailers sold non-compliant electrical cable may be a few years old, but with an estimated 40,000 Australian homes having used it, it would be impossible to know just how many have replaced it for a safer option.The fire at the Docklands Lacrosse Tower in 2015 which consumed 13 stories of apartments in just 15 minutes triggered a spike in awareness, but more than 3 years later, Barnes isn’t convinced that the problem has been eliminated despite the tragedy. “Non-compliant building materials and electrical components are still common in my opinion,” he says.In many instances, non-compliant components are cheaper than ones that pass muster. It’s unfair, says Barnes, since Australian companies go to a lot of expense making sure their products are in line with safety standards. “Then along comes an importer with a non-compliant, cheap product, and whether because of buyer ignorance or greed, the local manufacturer has to compete with lower pricing.”In the end, says Barnes, it’s consumers who are at risk, and the motivation for placing them in this position isn’t acceptable. “You can save a few dollars by using non-compliant materials - and you could end up being responsible for deaths. It’s just not worth it.”There are a few measures that electrical and construction clients can take to ensure that they’re getting safe installations, says Barnes. To begin with, it pays to be suspicious of surprisingly low quotes for work.“If you’re seeing quotes way below what other professionals are charging, you may not have found a bargain,” he warns. “Check itemised quotes carefully. Determine where the contractor aims to save costs and consider how it might affect you. If component costs are remarkably low, you could be looking at non-compliant materials, and that’s downright dangerous.”Consumers also need to check whether they’ll get certified work. Getting a certificate of compliance is a must, and if a business won’t issue one, it is operating outside the law. A compliance certificate isn’t bullet-proof, but Barnes says most construction contractors will do due diligence when issuing one.Building inspectors have been criticised for declaring projects as being compliant after minimal physical inspection of works, but for Barnes, vouching for compliance means supervising in person and checking all completed work himself. “That certificate means I’m personally responsible for the safety of the installation,” he says. “It’s not something I take lightly.”The issue of building safety and non-compliance in the construction industry isn’t going away anytime soon, but with ethical businesses like EJ Electrical Works and Coastline Local Electricians striving for the highest safety standards, consumers can proceed with confidence. If you’d like to know more about this local Gold Coast business, you can reach Barnes via his website or by calling or give them a call on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. EJ Electrical Works Near Local Burleigh Beachfront Pavilion Provides 24/7 Emergency Electrician Services Around the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads and Northern Rivers 2019-02-12T06:40:09Z ej-electrical-works-near-local-burleigh-beachfront-pavilion-provides-24-7-emergency-electrician-services-around-the-gold-coast-tweed-heads-and-northern-rivers It may only be November, but local electrician, EJ Barnes, can’t wait for December to arrive. That’s when the revamped Burleigh Pavilion will fully open its doors to the public. But it’s not just a matter of Barnes looking forward to a cold beer and the view from the expanded second floor dining area - for him, it will be a personal triumph.The Pavilion’s renovation has been a hugely ambitious project with a price tag that’s widely reported to be in the region of $9 million. Barnes’s business, EJ Electrical Works, won a tender for necessary electrical upgrades, and he’s had an insider view of the process from the time the project started.“I would have been saddened if the iconic facade had changed too much,” he says, “but the developers have done a wonderful job of preserving the original appearance of the building despite all the changes. Although not all renovations are real improvements, this one certainly is.”EJ’s business isn’t a large one, but he says that landing this project and successfully completing it, will be the ultimate proof of his business’s capacity. “We’ve always worked to be highly professional,” he says, “but we’re not what you’d call a big business. Now, all the world can see that when we say what we’re capable of, we aren’t exaggerating.”Of course, it’s not the first time that EJ Electrical has taken on ambitious projects, but few could be as high-profile as this one. “We’ve done work at malls, shopping centres, clinics, office buildings, and more,” says EJ “but this project takes the cake. It’s the kind of thing you want to tell everyone about, and when you do, they think you might be telling a tall tale!”One of the things that EJ likes most about the Burleigh Pavilion renovation is the plans its owners have for the upper-floor restaurant. It will be an impressive space that can accommodate up to 600 patrons, and a top chef will be in charge of the cuisine.But May Hotels, the developers behind the project, say they’re looking at a reasonably priced, casual venue where beach goers can relax in casual wear and enjoy the view over the ocean. “It’s a landmark, and it’s going to be even better than it was before,” says Barnes. “I’m looking forward to being able to tell my mates I was a part of making it possible.”So, if you’re passing by the Burleigh Pavilion at sundowner-time this December, you might want to look out for the EJ Electrical Works vans parked outside, because if they are, EJ and his team might just be there for a cold one at the end of the working day.If, on the other hand, you’d prefer a more traditional approach to meeting up with your electricians, just visit the EJ Electrical Works or Coastline Local Electricians websites, or call EJ’s team on 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535. “We do big construction projects,” says EJ, “but we’re just as happy to help people with their home electrical work. The service remains the same.”Syndicated by Baxton Media. Qualified Burleigh Electrician, EJ Electrical Works, Offers Best Advice to Gold Coast and Tweed Heads Locals Wanting a Handyman 2019-02-11T06:38:45Z qualified-burleigh-electrician-ej-electrical-works-offers-best-advice-to-gold-coast-and-tweed-heads-locals-wanting-a-handyman There are tasks you can do yourself. There are tasks you can use a jack-of-all-trades handyman for. And then there are jobs that should only be tackled by a licensed professional. Electrical work is one of these. As the Queensland Government so neatly puts it: “Don’t do your own electrical work. It’s just not worth the risk.”According to the Queensland Government, the risk could be a life-or-death matter. And, if that’s not enough you, the Queensland authority warns that it is against the law. In a worst-case scenario, offenders could end up facing a charge of culpable homicide.But is it really as dangerous as all that? We spoke to EJ Barnes, owner of EJ Electrical Works, about the risks people face when they DIY or entrust electrical work to an unqualified handyman.After looking at the Queensland Electrical Safety Office’s information, EJ nods agreement: “It’s dangerous alright,” he says. “When I’m on the job, I need to be alert and focused. Electricity can kill. It’s good to remember that all the time.”It doesn’t end when the job has been safely completed either. “I have to think about the long-term safety of my clients. That’s why I’ve developed inspection checklists that cover everything from the technicalities of the task to service-oriented aspects. The first part is to ensure that the installation is safe. The second part is to make sure we’re leaving the property and the work area looking as our customer would want.”So How Do We Know That We’re Working With a Proper Electrician?Anyone who wants to do electrical work has to meet the requirements for licensing and have a valid license. Concerned consumers can check up on someone who claims to be an electrician. Simply note the electricians license number and check it on the Queensland Electrical Safety Office’s website.”A professional business should look and act professionally. And when the work’s done, the customer should get an electrical compliance certificate and not just an invoice.An unlicensed person can basically flip a switches in their own home," says EJ. "But seriously, that’s about the limit of it. People will tell you it’s easy to install a switch or a power point or that it’s fine to replace a light fitting or a plug at the end of a lead. It isn’t. The laws are there to keep you safe and doing any of these things is illegal.”Apart from fines, penalties, or criminal cases related to negligence, there’s also the matter of insurance. If investigators find that the cause of a fire is unlicensed electrical work, your insurance won’t pay out.Are consumers covered when a licensed electrician makes a mistake? EJ laughs: “We don’t make mistakes. There’s too much at stake! Still, it’s part of our licensing requirements that we have to have some hefty insurance coverage: $20 million public liability insurance and that includes $50,000 in consumer protection. No claims yet, and we’ve been in business as EJ Electrical since 2012. I’m there to make sure it stays that way.”While some people might mutter about “nanny states” and excessive regulation, our conversation with EJ brought the importance of sticking to the letter of the law home. It really isn’t worth trusting an amateur with electrical work. But aren’t some of these domestic jobs too small for a company like EJ’s?“Some electricians get picky, and either won’t take small jobs or give bad service,” he admits “But we don’t see it that way. If I give you good service doing something small like replacing a light fitting, you’re going to tell your friends. And you’ll come back to EJ Electrical Works when you need bigger jobs done. To me, a client is a client and a promise made is a promise to be kept.”You can visit EJ Electrical Works website or call 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Affordable Local Gold Coast Expert Electrician, EJ Electrical Works, Highlights Trend Towards Commercial Installations and Gives Lighting Tips For Interior Design Near Tweed Heads 2019-02-08T06:37:16Z affordable-local-gold-coast-expert-electrician-ej-electrical-works-highlights-trend-towards-commercial-installations-and-gives-lighting-tips-for-interior-design-near-tweed-heads EJ Barnes, proprietor of EJ Electrical Works, says that his latest projects highlight interior design trends that depend heavily on good lighting design.According to Barnes, commercial spaces and domestic ones have a lot in common these days. There is a lot of emphasis on open space, bright whites, and lighting effects. Many of his recent projects have involved the installation of downlights that create a uniformly-lit space and there’s a trend towards hidden lights that illuminate work surfaces.Domestic Renovations Provide Inspiration“I was very pleased with the results of a kitchen renovation project we recently participated in,” says Barnes. “The design involved the use of some really beautiful white marble along the wall behind the food preparation area. The team literally made it shine out with hidden lighting, at the same time providing ample light for those using the countertops.”In before an after images, the entire kitchen looks more spacious, partly because overhead cupboards above the serving area were removed, but also because of the illuminated feature wall. The overall effect is both beautiful and practical.Natural light is the big buzzword too, says Barnes, and installing larger windows is the home renovation order of the day, but his clients want the same kind of light at night too. Emulating natural light as much as possible poses its own technical challenges, but Barnes says his clients are satisfied with the effects he is able to create.Commercial Installations Follow the ThemeIn a commercial setting, a similar principle to the home renovation theme prevails. An elegant nail bar sports predominantly white décor and carefully-spaced downlighting offset by sleek, black-shaded lights that focus illumination on work areas. “The client liked the contrast and height variation we got from the pendant lights,” says EJ, “and from a practical perspective, it works well, too.”EJ Electrical Works did something similar at the Robina Home Centre last November, only this time, the shades were white, and the ceiling was black. It was a good variation on the all-white theme, and it worked very well.”Black, White, LightA look through the EJ Electrical Works portfolio shows many commercial and domestic spaces with a focus on black and white - and the light to make the contrast all the more striking. But there are exceptions too.A beautiful country residence matches its setting with an emphasis on warm wood tones and vintage-look ceiling fans while a coffee shop opts for artsy murals and pendant lighting. Nonetheless, the theme of brightness, airiness, and space forms a common thread.Bright ideas in domestic and commercial lighting design are among EJ Electrical Works’ specialties, so whether entrepreneurs plan a shop fitout or homeowners hope to add a touch of added elegance to indoor spaces, EJ is ready to give them the benefit of his experience.He invites readers to visit the EJ Electrical Works website to view his gallery of completed projects. Alternatively, call 1300 DIAL EJ, that’s 1300 342 535 for further information.Syndicated by Baxton Media. Gold Coast Electrician, EJ Electrical Works in Burleigh and Surroundings Compares Effective Lighting Features 2019-02-07T06:35:51Z gold-coast-electrician-ej-electrical-works-in-burleigh-and-surroundings-compares-effective-lighting-features EJ Barnes, proprietor of EJ Electrical Works, says there’s more to light than meets the eye. It influences moods and perceptions, and consumers can use an understanding of this phenomenon to set the tone in home and business settings. “Atmosphere is very important,” he says, “but most people spend more time considering paint colours than they do on choosing the right light colour and intensity. Lighting has a profound effect on people.” “Sometimes, people use light very effectively without knowing quite why they chose a certain approach to lighting. But, if you read up on how light affects us, consumers can use that knowledge consciously and strategically in both home and business environments.” Cool and Bright vs Warm and Dim Barnes explains light using two contrasts: cool and bright or warm and dim: “As with colour, there are many shades in between,” he says, “but if you understand these two, you’re off to a good start.” Here’s the theory: as diurnal creatures, how alert and on-the-go we are depends a lot on light. As the sun rises and brightens, we wake up. Then we’re on the move, getting things done. By late afternoon, the light is warmer, and it dims towards sunset. Before people had artificial light, including fire, they’d settled down and gone to sleep when it became dark. “There’s research that shows that it’s not just the sun that influences us,” says Barnes. “Artificial light has a similar effect. We’re at our brightest and most energetic when light is bright and cool. So, if consumers were lighting an office or a gym, for instance, they’d choose bright and cool lighting. When light is dimmer and warmer, people tend to relax. The light tells us we’ve done our work for the day, and it’s time to wind down.” Practical Examples of Light Psychology in Action The restaurant and fast food industries provides a good example of how people can use light to influence mood, although Barnes says he has seen some outlets getting it wrong too. “At a fast-food outlet, they want people to choose and order quickly, eat their food, and leave,” he explains. “Then, the table’s available for the next customer. Now think about lighting: it’s bright and cool. That’s good for decision-making and keeping you on the go.” “Restaurants don’t want you to rush. They want customers to settle down, relax and take your time, preferably through two to three courses. The longer customers are there, the more food and beverages they’re likely to order, so they create an atmosphere that promotes relaxation with warmer, dimmer light.” “Take a look at retail stores too,” says Barnes. “A supermarket wants its customers to jog through, get your business done, and leave. They don’t want people strolling around looking at every purchase option for ages. The light is right for quick decision-making and energy. But if a business is selling luxury Persian carpets, businesses want people to feel relaxed, take their time, and examine all your merchandise.” Light Psychology at Home Most people already use light psychology at home, but Barnes feels that being more alert to what we’re doing can be helpful: “Think about a bedroom. Bright, cool light doesn’t work there at all. Of course, if consumers want it, they can get it, but while it looks great, it could affect their ability to sleep after you put the lights out.” “People probably already use low lights or candlelight to create an intimate atmosphere in entertainment areas, but if they’re hosting a gathering where they want people to be more on the go, they can adjust the lighting to promote a higher-energy atmosphere and greater mental alertness.” Getting it Right Barnes tells us that lighting design is a field of its own, but he doesn’t always have a designer giving him specifications. Often, it’s an entrepreneur with a space to fit out for business, or someone renovating to create a dream house. At times like these, he uses what he has learned about light and how we interact with it to create lighting designs that work for his clients. The psychology of light is one of the factors he keeps in mind. About EJ Electrical Works EJ Electrical Works is a local Gold Coast business. It also serves the Northern Rivers area. You can visit EJ Electrical Works website or call 1300-DIAL-EJ, that’s 1300 342 535. Syndicated by Baxton Media.