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Energy Saving Lightbulbs

Inefficient light bulbs are being phased out over the next few years – helping everyone spend less on electricity Inefficient light bulbs are disappearing from UK shops – they’re all being replaced by energy saving light bulbs. Energy saving light bulbs are compact, bright and available in a wide range of shapes – so the…

Domestic Wind Turbines

Generate electricity at home with small-scale wind turbines. Wind turbines harness the power of the wind and use it to generate electricity. Small systems known as “microwind” or “small-wind” turbines can produce electricity to help power the lights and electrical appliances in a typical home. 40% of all the wind energy in Europe blows over…

Can You Install A Socket In A Bathroom?

The short answer is yes but…Socket-outlets, previously banned from bathrooms because of the risk of dampness causing electric shock, are now allowed, but they must be fitted three metres from the boundary of Zone 1 which is above the bath/cubicle . This probably means that many bathrooms will not be allowed to actually have socket-outlets,…

Can Someone Do Their Own Electrical Work?

You can do your own electrical work if you are competent to do so. Simple tasks such as wiring a plug are within the grasp of many people, but more complex tasks such as modifying an electrical installation may not be. It is particularly important that anyone who undertakes electrical work is able to satisfy…

Light Bulbs That Keep Failing

Relax !!! This problem does not mean you have a major wiring fault. This is a never ending problem which has been looked into for donkeys years. A wiring fault in your circuit will be picked up by fuses and MCB’s long before it gets to the bulb. There are a few reasons bulbs can…

Why Should We Earth Electrical Installations

The very basic reason is for safety of you and the equipment. Imagine an electricity system, the generator or power station might be miles from where you are, and the power from that comes along the live power line, into the equipment and returns back again through the neutral power line (in simple terms). However…

Periodic Inspection Report

Electrical Inspection and Testing Also known as Periodic Inspection, which is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the current electrical safety standard for installations. A periodic inspection will: Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded Find any potential electrical shock risks and…

Portable Appliance Testing

Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health & safety policy. This post is intended as a guide to both the legal implications and to the technical requirements. The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place…

Electrical Emergencies

Here is some safety advice if you ever come across someone who has been electrocuted: NEVER touch a person who has been electrocuted AND is still in contact with the faulty electrical equipment Turn off the electricity supply immediately If you can’t find the supply or don’t know where it is, you can attempt to…

What is an HMO

A simple definition of an HMO is a house or flat which is occupied by 3 or more unrelated persons. The term can apply to hostels, including student residences, bedsits and shared flats. To Landlords Do you operate premises which require a licence? Landlords who continue to operate HMOs without a licence are committing an…

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