Don't Die for DIY

Did you know that DIY errors cause half of all serious electric shocks in UK homes? 

Almost 50% of men admit that they feel they should try and tackle household maintenance and repair jobs themselves or ask a mate before calling in a professional.

But our survey discovered that nearly half of all severe electric shocks are caused by DIY attempts, with the main errors including cutting through power leads, drilling into wiring and repairing electrical items while they’re still switched on.

Beware Of Dodgy Phone Chargers – Watchdog Investigation

We recently teamed up with BBC Watchdog to investigate high street stores and online marketplaces to find and put dangerous phone chargers to the test. Our results found that many of these retailers were selling substandard chargers that could potentially harm your phone and even lead to electric shocks.

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.