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Why you should modernise your kitchen

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If your kitchen is old and outdated then you might have considered upgrading it for a while. Here are some reasons why you should modernise your kitchen!

Create a fresh, new look!

Redecorating a tired-looking kitchen and making into a modern, bright new kitchen is sure to make it a much nicer space to live in!

If you have old, wooden cabinets then you could consider painting them a bright colour to add some vibrancy to the room! In many modern kitchens, there are no wall cabinets as they can look bulky and take up too much space. If your outdated kitchen has wall cabinets then removing them is always an option – add some open shelving for a more modern look!

Has the kitchen flooring been there since you moved in? Swap it out for new, laminate flooring!

Old worktop surfaces can be cracked or full of stains, so change them out for some new ones. Consider the material depending on your budget – laminate is often the most cost-effective choice.

Add new accessories, create new storage spaces for your utensils and other things – get creative with it! A little DIY goes a long way, and it’s a cheap way to make your kitchen look amazing.

Give it an upgrade

Not only is it great to update the look of your kitchen, but it’s important that you upgrade the functionality, too!

Trade in the old fridge for a brand new one, get new taps for the kitchen sink and a new electric oven. Be sure to match the appliances to the rest of your kitchen decor – stainless steel gives a sophisticated look, but conventional white may match better with other colours and styles. Simply swapping out the toaster and kettle for one that matches can also be a cheap way to upgrade!

You could also add new ambient lighting to your kitchen, or simply purchase new lampshades for your existing lights to dress them up a bit.

If you need any assistance with modernising your kitchen or want replacement lighting with help from a qualified electrition, don’t hesitate to contact us at EJS Electrical today!

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Is a full re-wire needed for your home?

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In the modern world we rely heavily on electricity in our homes and offices, but don’t often think about its maintenance unless something goes wrong and we find ourselves sitting in the dark.

However, it is a good idea to compare electrical health to your car. Every year you take your car for a service, rather than just fire-fighting and taking it into the garage when it breaks down. Electrical safety also needs to be addressed before a problem occurs.

However, when there are electrical problems, not only can you be without lights but it could be potentially dangerous and can cause electrical fires.

For the majority of electrical problems, repairs are needed rather than a full re-wire of the property. However, the latter is sometimes the safest option.

If your electrical wiring is rubber insulated then you need to have a full re-wire as this form of electrical wiring hasn’t been used since the 1960s, some 60 years ago. Generally, you should consider a full re-wire if the electrics are more than 25 years old.

However, there are some other signs that a re-wire might be required. Constantly tripping RCDs, blown fuses, flickering lights, hot electrical sockets, buzzing noise from electrical sockets or if electric stops working in one part of the property.

If you have just moved into a new property it is a good idea to get a professional Electrical Test and Inspection. This is the only way you will know if there are any hidden electrical problems.

For this, an electrician will check all the wiring in the home and will inform you whether a re-wire is necessary.

It is, however, always better to be safe than sorry where electricity is concerned. If you think you may need a partial or a full re-wire of your home contact the experienced electricians at EJS Electrical and we will discuss what we can do to help you.

Why is it important to carry out an Electrical Inspection before buying your new home?

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It is an exciting time in your life. You have found your ideal home and your offer has been accepted.

But perhaps all is not as perfect as it seems.

A large proportion of home buyers do not see the need for an Electrical Inspection on a property they are considering buying and many others believe it is part of the survey carried out on the home. 

This is not the case.

Additionally, the sellers do not need to provide an electrical safety certificate to sell a house.

The only certification they are required to provide is a Part P Building Regulation Certificate if they have made any additions to the electrical installation of the property since 2005.

A buyer’s assumption that all properties on the market have a safe electrical installation is simply not true. 

Therefore, the only way you can be 100% sure that the electrics in your new home is safe before you buy it is to have an Electrical Inspection report carried out by a professional and licenced electrician.

Without it, you really have no guarantee that the electrical installation of your dream home is safe. It could be outdated, defective or worse, – potentially leaving you with a larger bill than if you had known of before buying the property.

What is an Electrical Inspection?

An Electrical Inspection is straightforward and with wiring which is 30 years old or younger will take approximately two to four hours.

For older wiring, there are likely to be more faults and therefore the inspection will take longer to complete.

Also as you would expect, a one-bedroom property will be quicker to complete than a five-bedroomed property.

The electricians will be looking for any overloaded circuits or equipment, potential electric shock risks, defective electrical works and identify if there are any earthing or bonding issues.

With all of these things in mind, you may be wondering what are the electrical pointers you need to check when buying a new home. Grab a notepad because we will be sharing a few tips that you need to take note of. 

First of all, you need to hire a professional electrician to inspect the electrical system of the entire property. This is very important, especially if the property is more than 40 years old, has added new appliances and has undergone a major renovation. Always remember that safety is your number one priority so make sure that you will only be working with licenced electricians. 

The cost of these inspections will depend on the contractor you are working with and the size of the property that the electrician will be working with. As to what aspects of the property should be carefully inspected, here are a few important pointers you can check out.

  • Electrical wiring. The overall success of an electrical installation lies on the good integrity of the wires. To keep the property safe and secure, regular inspection of the electrical wiring must be done in order to prevent any problems, identify minor problems or prevent them from becoming worse. For instance, it is only through regular inspection that you will notice installations with exposed wires or loose connections near light fixtures, switches or outlets.
  • The electrical circuit breaker. This is otherwise known as the electrical service panel or fuse box. This panel is capable of distributing electrical circuits throughout the property. It is also capable of cutting the electrical supply to a specific part of the property or to the entire property itself. An outdated or poorly maintained electrical circuit breaker is not capable of withstanding the electrical demands of modern life, so it is better to talk to your electrician about updating it before moving to your new home. 
  • Electrical switches and outlets. The licenced electrician should thoroughly check all electrical switches and outlets within the property. All of them must be in good working condition. For instance, the electrical outlets must not contain any physical defects, must have the proper tension and must be grounded.
  • Light appliances and components. Just like the electrical switches and outlets, all light appliances and components must be carefully examined too. All ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted light fixtures must be securely put into place. All light bulbs should be examined for damages and proper wattage. In some cases, the previous owner of the property may have installed a light bulb to the light fixture with the incorrect wattage. Whenever this happens, there will be a high chance of overheating or burning of highly flammable materials that are closeby, like a curtain, newspaper or lampshade.  

More than often, electricians find a defect or two during the inspection. If you are curious as to what kind of electrical issues are common in domestic properties, here are just some of them:

  • Aluminium wiring
  • Double tapped circuit breakers
  • Exposed splices and wiring
  • Incorrectly modified electrical panels
  • Knob-and-tube wiring
  • Lost knockouts in electrical panels
  • More than one neutral wire in an electrical panel slot
  • Outlets that are painted
  • Reversed polarity
  • Ungrounded outlets and plugs

It is best to identify any problems before you and your family move into the new house, rather than have the electrics break down while you are already living on it, or worse, experience an electrical fire break out due to faulty wiring.

It is simply not worth the risk!

Think about you and your loved ones. You and your family deserve to sleep soundly at night, knowing that everything is safe and secure.

So if you are ready to move to your new dream home, do not delay. Complete our contact form or call us on 01793 238806 today. We will be more than happy to speak to you about electrical inspection and everything you need to know about it.

Allow us to check your dream home and make sure that it is not hiding any potentially disastrous surprises. Allow us to provide you with the peace of mind that you truly deserve!

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Does Your Fuse Box Need Upgrading?

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The fuse box, also known as a domestic consumer unit, is a vital safety feature in any building, as it helps prevent electrical fires and electric shocks.

The fuse box receives the electrical supply and distributes it to different circuits. The fuse board detects the current running through each circuit, and will cut the supply, or “trip a switch” should the system become overloaded.

Over the years new technology has been developed to improve the different features found in a fuse box, and legislation is updated accordingly. You should, therefore, employ a professional electrician to make any upgrades to fuse boxes, and test they are up to the correct standards.

Your fuse box may need upgrading if it is:

  • Faulty or dangerous
  • Repeatedly tripping switches or overheating
  • Unable to cope with new electrical appliances you have installed, such as air conditioning or a pool pump
  • In a location that is difficult to access for readings
  • Below current legal standards

Protecting a recently upgraded mains power system.

New models of fuses and circuit breakers are much safer and work far more quickly than older versions. This means that while there may be no legal requirement to upgrade your fuse box, it is advisable to do so anyway to reduce the risk of fire or injury and to obtain peace of mind that your property is safe.

All circuit breakers work basically the same way, by detecting problems with electrical currents and stopping the current flowing by breaking the circuit. However, different types of circuit breakers offer varying protection and you may consider replacing older versions with newer ones to maximise the safety of your electrical supply.

For example, ceramic fuses (also known as SERFs) are the oldest kind. They provide some protection against electrical fires by preventing short-circuits and overloads, but no protection against electric shocks.

For the best protection, consider replacing older circuit breakers with combination switches, known as RCBO’s, which provide overload, short circuit and leakage protection.

If you are having problems with your fusebox, contact us here and see how we can help you.

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Your frequently asked electrical questions, answered!

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How electricity works is a mystery to many people, and it’s common for us to have a lot of questions about electricity because of the potential dangers involved. Here we’re going to answer some of the most frequently asked electrical questions.

What’s the difference between a circuit breaker and a fuse?

Both have the same function – stopping the electricity from flowing when a fault occurs. Once a fuse trips it has to be replaced, but a circuit breaker can simply be reset. That’s why circuit breakers are a lot more common.

What does short circuit mean?

Excessive heat is created when a wire that is carrying electricity touches the grounded conductor wire. This sometimes creates sparks, and if you witness these then a short circuit has definitely happened. In this situation, you must consult a professional electrician for help.

I’ve seen an outlet say GFCI. What does that mean?

This is an electrical outlet that has been specifically designed to protect people from a potential shock if there is moisture present. Usually you will find these outlets in kitchens and bathrooms. Many will feature reset buttons because when moisture is present it automatically trips.

Why do I have frequent light bulb blowouts?

There could be a number of different reasons your bulbs are blowing. However, one reason may be because they’re overheating, which is a fire risk. If you’re having to replace a lightbulb frequently, you need to call in a trained electrician.

Is my electrical panel dangerous?

Most electrical panels aren’t dangerous as long as you know what you’re doing. If you don’t, it’s best not to touch them. Many homes have an outdated electrical panel which will need replacing to be able to power modern electronics and appliances.

Smart Home

Making your home smart

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Virtually everything in your home, including lights, thermostats and power sockets, can be connected to your WiFi and controlled remotely through a mobile device. But making your home smart can be a little mind-boggling, as there are so many accessories that work in tandem with others, and some are superior to others. Here’s a little help sorting the wheat from the chaff in finding products to make your home smart.

Choosing your assistant

Virtual voice-controlled assistants include Google Home, Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri, and they help you control smart home products through simple voice commands. These tools are all quite similar but have different strengths that will appeal to different people, so it is worth exploring the options to find your ideal home assistant. Here is the hardware that’s available to you:

Amazon’s Alexa: Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show

Apple’s Siri: iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch

Google’s Assistant: Google Home, Google Home Mini, Android smartphones/tablets

You can put your smart assistant to work controlling other parts of your home, but you’ll need to purchase the necessary smart equipment. Here are some popular choices:


There is a wide range of smart lighting to choose from. Some systems require a ‘bridge’, while others include a built-in WiFi connection. The latter type is simpler to set up but will cost a little more.

Smart plugs

Many plug-in appliances like fans, coffee makers and electric kettles can be made smart with the installation of a smart plug. This enables you to set a specific time for something to be activated, or to power it on/off remotely.


Smart thermostats like Nest connect to your WiFi so you can control them remotely with your smartphone or assistant. This means you can shut off heating when you’re not at home to save on energy or even turn the heating on when you leave work so the house is warm when you get home.

There are other things you can take control of remotely in a smart home, like your doorbell, security system, entertainment, alarm clocks and more. If you’re struggling with adding smart features to your home in Swindon, contact EJS Electrical and we’ll help you get started.

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

Importance Of Electrical Inspection And Testing

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Before buying or renting a property, an electrical inspection must always be your top priority. It’s a vital part of evaluating a home or a commercial space, whether it’s ready for occupancy or needs some quick repairs. Faulty wiring can lead to all sorts of dangerous situations and if it’s ignored, it may be harmful to all members of your family or company.

But with the help of a registered electrician, you can have your property and appliances inspected first. Having these inspections performed regularly will make sure that all your appliances and wires are in working order. And this may also help to lower the risk of an accident that may occur.

Avoid unexpected delays and expenses

Routinely checking your electrical system can help prevent problems from happening that can cost you as a homeowner, helping to keep your wallet at ease.
It can also prevent any hold up from occurring when selling your home. If your electrical components and wiring are checked routinely, there will be no need for the buyer to undertake a check which can cause undue delays.

Reduce costs

Always make sure that wherever you’re moving too has had an electrical inspection to check the property’s wiring. If you move in and you find some issue with the home’s wiring or conclude that it’s faulty, you’re going to have to pay a huge amount of money to have it fixed. So it is worth even paying for the inspection yourself to ensure that the wiring to the property you’re moving to is all okay and up to date.

Save energy

Faulty home wiring and circuits can cost a lot with your energy supplier, meaning a bigger electricity bill. An inspection can recognise wiring and circuits that have been connected incorrectly to help decrease energy consumption.


An inspection can easily determine any complication with electrical wires, circuits, connections, or oversize breakers and fuses that could produce many risks such as fire hazards or electrocution.
An Electrician can spot outdated wiring that could pose as a risk for another fire-starter in the home.

If you want to know more about our testing and inspection services, or for more information about any of the other electrical services that we offer at EJS Electrical, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a friendly member of our team who will be more than happy to assist you. You can contact us on 01793 238806 or send us an email at

Energy-Saving Tips

How To Reduce Your Electricity Bill This Summer

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The sun is high and you want to enjoy your time under it, but that doesn’t mean your electricity bill has to be, too. But don’t worry, when it comes to reducing your expenditures there are a number of ways to lower your electric bill. So if you’re looking to save some electricity this summer, the following picks just might be what you’re searching for.

• Turn off your air conditioner

Turning off and adjusting the temperature of your air conditioner while you’re sleeping or if you’re leaving your house can result in huge electricity savings.

• Energy efficient light bulbs

You can use compact fluorescent and light-emitting diode bulbs because they are more efficient and use less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb. You can purchase these kinds of bulbs at your local hardware store.

• Blinds and drapes

Window coverings can prevent your house from heating up during summer and can also save energy. When a blind is fully pulled down over a window with a lot of sun exposure, during summer days, they can lower heat gain by up to 45%. Drapes on your windows prevent heat gain as well and reduce this by 33%.

• Place the fridge right

Your fridge accounts for 15% of a household’s total power consumption. To lower your electricity bill, make your fridge more power efficient by allowing the air to circulate around it. Your refrigerator should be at least 2 inches away from the wall of your house, don’t put to much stuff in your fridge, because there won’t be enough space for air to circulate inside and lastly, don’t expose it to direct sunlight, because it will need more power to function.

• Use fans

Fans get air circulating around your room that means you may be able to detain turning on the air conditioning in your house, especially if you can also leave your windows open on cool summer evenings.

• Natural ventilation

During summer we experience heat during daylight, but when the night comes so does a cool summer breeze, which you should take advantage of. Eliminate your electricity usage by opening your windows when you’re sleeping at night so the cool air outside can blow through and help to cool the house down without the need of fans or air conditioning units.

If you want to know more about how to reduce your electricity bill you may want to give EJS Electrical a call. We can provide a wide range of electrical installations and services for you. Call us on 01793 238806 or email us at just tell us what you need!

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

Common Electrical System Mistakes And How To Prevent Them

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It is crucial to have proper electrical connections in your home, office or places of business since failures or faults in the system pose a serious risk in terms of fire damage, electrocution and short circuits. Whether you are working in the electrical industry or tackling your own project, there are some common mistakes that need to be avoided. The consequences of improper wiring and other mistakes are possibly catastrophic, not just inconvenient.

Here are the top issues to watch for, and solutions for fixing them:

Wiring outside of electrical boxes

The main use of electrical boxes includes protecting wire connections against any accidental damage and also preventing electrical fire hazards by containing sparks and heat from loose connections and short circuits. Connecting these wires through an electrical junction box is essential for safeguarding them as well as property and people.

Using a “Too-Small” electrical box

If you are not using the right-sizes junction box, the wires inside it will be stuffed all together and also the box will be over-filled. When wiring is tightly crammed into a small box or space, the risk of short circuits is greater. This might be a potential fire hazard, which is why you should follow the minimum box sizes that are specified by the National Electrical Code.
Wires cut too short

If you cut the wiring too short, making some proper connections becomes more difficult and this poses a tremendous risk. Poor connections can cause overheating, short circuits and other electrical faults. It is safer to leave wires protruding about 3 inches or so from the box, which lets you easily move the wires around while making connections.

Unsecured cables and wires

When you are installing wires and cables secure them with a clamp to prevent strained connections and damage. Clamp selection depends on the type of electrical box you are using. Built-in cable clamps are not required for single plastic boxes, but cables should be stapled within 8 inches of the box. Internal clamps are needed for larger plastic boxes, and you’re required to staple cables within 12 inches of it. Use approved cable clamps for metal junction boxes, since wiring can be damaged by the sharp edges of the box.

Unsupported switches and outlets

Unsupported switches and outlets or loosely connected wires are a potential safety hazard, in addition to looking sloppy. They can move around or get pulled during use, damaging the connection between wires and terminals in them. As a result, the danger of arcing and overheating is higher, which can lead to fires and short circuits.

Are you looking for great prices on electrical supplies? EJS Electrical provides a wide range of electrical installations and services and has a huge selection for you. Contact us now through 01793 238806 or send us an email at just tell us what you need!

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

The Importance of Smoke Alarms

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Smoke alarms are a life-saving device that is often neglected. Many homes have at least one smoke alarm but they forget to replace the batteries yearly and test it periodically. This device can only save lives if it’s properly maintained and in good working condition.

This article will emphasise how important it is to have at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

Buy smoke alarms

Experts report that the consumers may cut their risk of dying in a home fire in half by having a smoke alarm installed. These smoke alarms are available at nearly all departments stores, hardware and discount stores for under £10. The peace of mind you will have from knowing that you and your family is safe and secure is worth the investment.

Safety in numbers

It’s important to install at least one smoke alarm on each floor of your residence and outside all the sleeping areas. Other fire safety advocates recommend installing smoke alarms inside each sleeping area if they are sleeping with the door closed.

Keep your alarms working properly

Maintain and test your smoke alarms at least once a month or just follow the manufacturer’s instructions. These alarms most often fail because of dead, missing or disconnected batteries. It’s important to change the batteries once a year and test it by simply pushing a button and listen to hear the beep.

Practice a fire escape plan

In addition to installing smoke alarms in your home, it’s also crucial to develop a fire escape plan and practice it at least twice a year with all the members of your family or household. Every family member should know at least two ways to escape each room in case there’s a fire. Stay as close to the floor as possible since smoke and hot air rises rapidly making the floor the safest place to breathe. When you encounter a closed door during your escape, feel the door before opening it. If it is too hot to touch, use another emergency exit. It’s also very important to teach your children on how to get out in case of fire, not just hide under a bed or inside a closet.

EJS Electrical provides a wide range of electrical installations and services to a variety of domestic customers. All work is guaranteed to be of the highest quality. Contact us today through 01793 238806 or