Electricity is a source of energy that has become integral to our daily lives. Because we are so used to living with and using electricity, it is easy to forget how powerful it is and the precautions that we should take to remain safe around our homes and workplaces.
Here you will find some useful information about how to avoid electrical accidents. This information should be used as a guide only and if more specific information is required you should contact EPC or a licensed electrician.
Ensure children are taught the dangers of electricity from a young age to prevent accidents due to ignorance.
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Environmental interference is a serious issue affecting electricity supply in Samoa. The tropical climate encourages rapid growth of vegetation and also means that the country is subject to extreme and destructive weather conditions, such as high winds and cyclones. As a result, minimizing environmental risk to ensure a safe and reliable power supply is of prime importance to EPC.
The practice of tree clearing is in place to prevent injury to people, damage to property and to ensure all customers have access to reliable electricity. EPC has an ongoing maintenance program to keep trees and branches clear of dangerous high and low voltage power lines.
Keeping vegetation clear of power lines will help to prevent:
Service your service line; HV or LV leave it to EPC
When vegetation on private properties’ is affecting the dangerous HV or LV lines, EPC will seek permission from the property owner to trim or cut down the interfering trees. It is however, the responsibility of a land owner to clear vegetation planted on their land that may affect service lines on either theirs or neighboring properties. When a tree becomes a potential problem the customer should contact EPC to arrange a power shutdown so that the property owner can safely clear the impeding trees.
Plant away from power lines
Planting away from power lines or planting the correct species of trees near power lines, will also help to prevent environmental interference in the first instance. It is for this reason that customers are responsible for clearing trees within their own property prior to them growing and interfering with service lines.
You can avoid the need to trim trees by planning the way you plant them. By planting large growing trees such as Coconut, Breadfruit and Mango trees away from power lines, they will be allowed to grow larger and thus produce fruit to their full capacity. If you want to plant trees near power lines ensure that they are shorter varieties of shrubs and bushes that will not grow tall enough to reach the power lines.
Power lines can be damaged in multiple ways including by the weather, trees, animals, vandalism and car accidents. Fallen or damaged power lines can be very dangerous as they carry a high amount of energy. In Samoa, this is a problem that is difficult to prevent due to extreme weather conditions during the cyclone season. It is important to report fallen or damaged power lines to EPC immediately so they can be attended to.
There are precautions that can be taken to prevent electrical related danger during the cyclone season. These include:
One of the main causes of global warming and the denigration of the environment is inefficient energy consumption, thus using energy efficiently has become a prominent concern in recent times.
EPC is constantly looking for ways to continue its provision of safe and reliable electricity whilst reducing the impact of electricity generation on the environment. As a consumer of electricity you can also help in this quest. Here you will find some information and advice on how to reduce your energy consumption and in turn, reduce your power bill and harm to the environment.
Energy efficiency is the notion that we can use less energy to achieve the same level of energy service. For instance, incandescent light bulbs can be replaced with fluorescent light bulbs which use less energy to illuminate the same area. Similarly, switching off appliances and sockets when they are not in use helps to conserve energy as does insulating the home to maintain a temperature once it is cooled rather than continuous use of cooling appliances.
Improving energy efficiency at an individual level will help you to reduce power bills and also minimise your contribution to global warming. The small changes you make around the home may not seem significant but when expanded to a national level, they make a great difference.
Saving money on your electricity bill can be done easily by implementing small changes around the home. By using your energy more efficiently you can help limit the number of harmful greenhouse gases released into the environment whilst extending your electricity supply.
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