What To Look For in an Electrical Contractor

What To Look For in an Electrical Contractor
The Signs of a Good Electrical Contractor
Unlike some other projects around the home, electrical work needs to be carried out by a trained professional. Even simple tasks can prove to be challenging and there are always chances that unqualified individuals can become injured or worse. This is why securing the services of a trained and licensed contractor is essential. How can you determine which firm offers the most desirable qualities? Are there any variables that should be examine before committing yourself to a project? Let’s take a quick look at the signs that you have hired the right individual for the job.

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Is PAT Testing A Legal Requirement?

What is PAT testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is carried out on electrical equipment, to ensure it is safe to use.

PAT testing

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

While some electrical faults can be detected by visual inspection, others may only be uncovered by a competent individual conducting formal tests at appropriate intervals. Read more

How To Tell If You Need Electrical Repairs

Electric repairsIf you’re not a professional electrician, then it can be hard to tell when electrical repairs are required. A system that looks fine on the surface may be hiding serious problems that only a trained electrician would be able to uncover. However, even if you wouldn’t be able to fix the problems yourself, there are a number of warning signs that can point to deeper problems. If you encounter any of these issues in your home or business, then the time may have come to call on an electrical repair service. Read more

Fact Sheet: Most Fire Prone Domestic Appliances

A quick look at what are the most fire prone domestic appliances

Laundry equipment image by Nexus 7 (via Shutterstock).

Laundry equipment accounted for most of the top ten house fires in England alone. Image by Nexus 7 (via Shutterstock).

In a recent report by Electrical Safety First, laundry related domestic appliances featured highly in the ten most fire prone electrical items. The report covered 1,873 house fires in England, with 19% of fires (482 incidents) caused by washing machines. Tumble dryers came pretty close accounting for 18% of house fires (460 incidents recorded).

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Electrician’s Grenfell Tower Fund Donation

St. Neots electricians donate 10% of earnings on fire safety checks towards the Grenfell Tower charity fund

Grenfell Tower, one day after the fire. Image by C. Hoyer (via Shutterstock).

Grenfell Tower, one day after the fire. Image by C. Hoyer (via Shutterstock).

Firstly we would like to pass on our condolences to everyone who was affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower. In our lifetime, we have never seen anything as bad as this in Greater London. Also in what has been a terrible month with recent events at Finsbury Park. Appalling barely covers the last fortnight alone.

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Odd Facts About Battersea Power Station

Some strange things you didn’t know about the Battersea Power Station building, awaiting conversion as an Apple Campus

Battersea Power Station

Iconic: Battersea Power Station, soon to form London’s Apple Campus, shared with other businesses and 4,000 dwellings. Image by Songquan Deng (via Shutterstock).

Battersea Power Station, besides being a short distance from our premises, is a London icon. Since its commissioning in 1933 (and decommissioning in 1983), it has featured on album covers and inspired LPs. After decommissioning, it has been the subject of many speculative redevelopment attempts. Most famously, the owners of Alton Towers amusement park wanted to turn it into an indoor theme park. In 2021, it will find a new use: as London’s Apple Campus, shared with 4,000 dwellings and other businesses.

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£72: The Cost of Running a Fridge Freezer

How the cost of running a fridge freezer and a plasma screen television can add a sizeable chunk to your electricity bills

Fridge Freezer image by Inamel (via Shutterstock).

After spending £200 on a fridge freezer, its running costs could add £72 a year to your electricity bill. Image by Inamel (via Shutterstock).

In today’s more energy conscious times, the running costs of our electrical goods is an important factor. It can influence our purchasing decisions, as well as the way we use our electricity. In our previous blog post, we looked at why fridge freezers are the least energy efficient electrical appliances. Today, we have learned that the average fridge freezer will cost you £72 a year to run. Read more

Chilling News for Fridge Freezers

Freezers worst offenders for energy consumption

Over-consuming freezers image by Interior Design (via Shutterstock).

“…and Bully’s Special Prize…” the set of electrical appliances including an over-consuming fridge freezer. Image by Interior Design (via Shutterstock).

Ladies and Gentlemen, I think we need to break this story gently. If you have a fridge freezer, your chances of cutting your energy bills are slim, unless you switch the thing off. At the start of this month, a study by BRE (Building Research Establishment) discovered that fridge freezers consume more electricity than any other electrical appliance in the home. Read more

Spark By Day, Wookie On Weekends

Meet Paul Smith, an electrical engineer on weekdays and a Wookie on weekends

Chewbacca Wookie toy by AndyThyro (via Shutterstock).

Chewbacca the Wookie in toy form (sorry, we couldn’t find a full size one). Image by AndyThyro (via Shutterstock).

May the third phase be with you! Paul Smith is no ordinary electrical engineer. On weekdays, he is an electrical engineer in East Lothian, servicing commercial and residential customers in the Scottish capital. On weekends, he indulges his passion for all things of a Star Wars nature. This weekend, he will be dressing up as Chewbacca the Wookie.

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For Sale: Two Wind Powered Orkney islands

Yours for just £300,000: two islands with a six bedroom bungalow and its own wind powered electricity generator

Stromness harbour view

A view of Stromness on your doorstep, if you move to the Holms of Stromness with its wind powered generator. Image by Colombo Nicola (via Shutterstock).

On the property ladder, what would £300,000 get you in London? A flat? Unrivalled access to the tube and bus network? If you moved to the Orkney Islands, three hundred grand could get you two islands and a six bedroom bungalow. With its own wind powered generator. We kid you not!

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