Kitchen fitters 'Electrician'

A recent job was to find out why a cooker kept tripping the electrics, we discovered 2 ovens installed on the 32A kitchen ring main, they required a dedicated 20A supply each!
The kitchen fitters 'Electrician' should have known this and the picture is how he had connected it all up, disgraceful.
Sadly this scenario is all to common with unqualified trades carrying out electrical work when they really shouldn't be touching it.

BS Standards and CE marks

I recently got a call out to a job where the MCB for the sockets circuit wouldn't stay on, the fault was traced to a recently fitted chrome socket outlet that the owner had installed. The socket had developed a direct line to neutral fault. On investigation it was apparent that the socket had no British Standard or CE marking and had been supplied via eBay  ( but not even cheaply )

Flickering Lights

If your lights are flickering it is most likely to a loose connection somewhere and not a resident poltergeist, you need to get this fixed by a competent electrician as this is a potential fire risk

 

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Buy services from Local Businesses

Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, rather than a nationally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers, and farms — further strengthening the economic base of the whole community.

Energy Vampires

Are your devices sucking your wallet dry?

Your TV, HiFi sytem and mobile device chargers etc. are probably left plugged in almost permanently and you probably aren't too concerned about it. But Vampire devices like these can be responsible for huge amounts of wasted energy, by constantly taking a trickle of energy while on standby.

This is called ‘Standby Power’ or ‘Phantom Load’, many TV’s etc. have to keep certain circuits constantly energised to enable them to respond to the remote control to switch on.