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How Safe are Your Christmas Lights?

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Christmas is just around the corner and everybody will be decorating their homes and making everything ready for the big day.. A lot of us tend to stick to holiday themes or colour palettes but a lot of us also never think about safety when it comes to decorating. Most Christmas decorations include Christmas lights and for many years, substandard ones have been the cause of many unfortunate events during the holiday season.  

We all agree that Christmas lights are very captivating. They are wonderful to behold but they can also pose a threat to your safety if installed and stored improperly. 

Faulty Christmas lights have caused many home fires over the years, resulting in millions of pounds worth of damages to property. Fires are also not the only concern when it comes to these colourful lights. A lot of injuries have been sustained while installing them. For instance, people falling from the ladder while installing them, tripping over the electrical wires, causing contusions, sprains, lacerations and fractures. 

Experiencing such calamities is no way of welcoming the holiday season. To prevent this from happening to you, take the time to learn more about the correct installation, and removal of Christmas lights. 

If you are tempted to buy very cheap Christmas lights, stop and think about it, are they really safe? Read on and find out how you can choose the most safe, appropriate and energy efficient Christmas lights for your home. 

Throw away your old Christmas lights. If you have been using the same Christmas lights for many years, perhaps it’s time for you to get an upgrade. If your old Christmas lights have a great sentimental value to you and your family, you can keep it in storage but don’t use it as part of your decoration. If you continue to use old ones, there is a great chance of it having exposed wires, frayed cords or damages due to years of wear and tear. 

Go and get yourself a new set of lights.They come in a variety of options that will suit your taste. On top of that, the new lights are manufactured under modern safety standards which means they are much safer and more efficient to use compared to your old ones.  

Use white lights. So that your lights will pop out and look good with your other Christmas decor, going for white lights is a great option, especially if you are planning to use the same lights every year. If you tend to change your colour themes each year, buying multicoloured lights won’t be a great financial decision as well. 

Make sure they are certified safe. Whenever you purchase some Christmas lights, look for safety marks and certifications. This is one way of knowing that your lights have been tested and their performance has passed the safety standards. In Europe, the CE mark is a basic requirement while the BSI Kitemark means the lights have undergone a more comprehensive check for quality and safety.   

Use the lights according to their specific purpose. Interchangeable use of indoor and outdoor Christmas lights is not a safe thing to do. Outdoor Christmas lights are water-resistant and are mostly designed to be plugged in a GFCI power socket. They are also built to resist snowy weather. So if you are planning to decorate your garden, choose outdoor Christmas lights. 

Choose LED christmas lights. As compared to CFL Bulbs, LED lights are much safer because they produce a minimal amount of heat and shine 50% brighter. LED Christmas lights come in a variety of options: some are curtain-type while other lights are short and some may go as long as 7 metres. 

Why is the use of LED lights highly recommended? Firstly, these lights utilise extra-low voltage which means you have a very low risk of experiencing electrical shock. Secondly, they utilise less power as compared to traditional lights, so less heat is generated and the risk for burns and fires are greatly reduced as well. Thirdly, they use 80 to 90 per cent less electricity which means that they are cheaper to run and can last longer than traditional ones. Fourth, they are made with durable plastic and contain no filament which eliminates the risk of exposing you to breaking glass bulbs. Finally, because they are energy efficient, it means that choosing them over traditional Christmas lights is more environmentally friendly. 

Hang them properly and carefully. As you already know by now, safety is our number one priority. Make sure that the wires are not exposed to areas with heavy foot traffic so you do not cause a trip hazard. If installing them near windows and doors, make sure the wires are not feeding through them to avoid them from being snapped. When installing them all throughout your house, do not use screws or nails. Use clips instead. 

While installing the lights using a ladder, make sure that another person is spotting you. To keep your lights from becoming a fire hazard, do not overload your Christmas tree with them and if you have purchased a real tree make sure that it is kept well watered so it does not dry up. 

Whether  you love a real tree or prefer an artificial one, you must always make sure you turn your christmas lights on when leaving the house or going to bed. 

As soon as the holiday season is over, it’s time to pack them away safely. Before putting them inside their boxes, make sure to untangle the wires. Put the box in a safe and dry area of your home.

While installing your Christmas lights, if you find out that your electrical system needs testing, partial or full rewiring, you need a certified and licenced electrician to handle that for you.

If you live in Swindon and the surrounding areas, call on EJS Electrical for all your electrical requirements. To enquire or book a service, feel free to call them on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145 or send an email on info@ejselectrical.co.uk

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Your FAQs Answered

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Did you know that one of the leading causes of house fires is electrical problems? With this in mind, choosing the right electrician should be a task that must be taken seriously. When it comes to safety, you should never compromise. The same is true when it comes to choosing the right electrician: hiring the best one, will give you your money’s worth. 

When it comes to electrical work, to ensure safety and security, everything must be done methodically and according to the electrical standards and approved codes of practice. 

If you want to know how you can find the best electrician in your area, we have collected a series of frequently asked questions and their corresponding answers. These questions will help you determine the right man that will do the job to serve your specific needs. 

Is it safe for me to do small electrical jobs?

Unless you have acquired industry-recognised qualifications in Electrotechnical Services, Installing Electrotechnical Systems & Equipment or Electrical Installations, the answer is no. You should leave the matter of wiring and rewiring your house to qualified experts no matter how small the job is. 

This is also important if you think you may sell your property in the future as a property with the correct electrical certification is among the things that homebuyers are looking for these days. 

As we have mentioned earlier, it is better to prioritise your safety and the safety of those you love. So instead of doing it yourself, any household wiring should be carried out by a qualified electrician. 

Do I need to hire a licenced electrician?

The answer to this question is a resounding yes! 

You should always check that your electrician has the correct accreditations  and are property registered, this can be done by checking Electrical Competent Persons register. 

The electrician you hire should be registered with any of the following,  BSI (British Standards Institution), NICEIC, ELECSA, NAPIT, STROMA, Benchmark, BESCA, and OFTEC. This means that they work to the  current UK national safety standards. They will give you a certificate to confirm that their work has been designed, inspected and tested to the required standard.

What jobs do I need to hire an electrician for? 

When it comes to Domestic Electrical Installers, below our a few of the things you may need them to do in your home: 

Wiring of a new circuit

Full house rewire

The replacement of a consumer unit (fuse box)

Any addition or alteration to existing circuits in a special location, such as the bathroom. 

Emergency call outs, to assist with any issues you may be having. 

They are also able to carry out an electrical inspection to test how the electrics of your home are working. 

When is the best time to hire an electrician?

If there is something out of the ordinary happening with your household electrics, then you should definitely call your local electrician. If your lights have started to flicker, if your electrics are starting to repeatedly trip or if you keep getting a shock everytime you switch on a light, these are a few of the many reasons you should call an electrician. 

Can electricians give us an estimate of their electrical works?

Yes, they can. In some cases, you have to pay for incidentals in addition to the estimates that your electrician will provide. For instance, if the electrical work will affect your drywall, the electrician will inform you if they can patch small damages or inform you that you have to find someone who can repair it for you. 

Do I need to rewire my house?

If your electrical wiring is ungrounded, using BX cables and wires, and using knobs and tubes, it is recommended to rewire your entire property because these are considered major hazards.

Should I use special outlets for outdoor use?

Yes, you should! Outdoor outlets are exposed to harmful elements therefore, they must be able to withstand UV light and intense cold or heat. This is why you must install weather resistant electrical outlets and receptacles.

If you require emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full or partial rewires, you can trust EJS Electrical to carry it out for you. For all your electrical requirements, give our experts a call on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145!

Moving this summer?

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Are you planning to move to a new property this summer? There are a lot of properties available in the housing market nowadays and before you take your pick, you need to inspect the property carefully to make sure that your new home does not have an expensive hidden maintenance problem and is safe for you and your loved ones. 

You do not have to do this alone though. You can call on a surveyor to help you determine the quality of the property you are planning to purchase. They are trained to identify issues that might cause you problems in the future but when it comes to electrical wirings or pointers, it is better to leave the electrical inspection to a professional electrician. 

It is said that for every 50 homes listed in an online property portal, 1 will need a serious electrical fault.. This could be due to wear and tear. The older the property, the greater the chances that its electrical wiring is outdated. 

Old properties might have a different wiring system and an electrical service panel that needs an update. These old technologies might interfere with our modern electrical systems and you certainly do not want to experience its complications, do you?

The electrician will thoroughly check the electrical installation of the entire property, identify any risk factors, and prevent electrical failures which would eventually lead to costly maintenance and repairs.

When planning to move this summer, this is something that you should not take lightly. Before you commit to any property, consulting with a professional electrician is very important to make sure that you will possess a property with no faults and the electrical system is in good working order. 

What are the electrical pointers to check out when viewing a house?

Now that you are aware of the importance of doing an electrical home inspection, what are the things that you should request for the electrician to check? To spot any potential problems, the electrician must inspect the entire electrical system of the property especially if the property is more than 40 years old, has undergone an extensive renovation, and has added new appliances over a decade. 

You should only allow a registered electrician to perform the electrical inspection. The cost of such inspections will depend on the size of the property and the contractor you are working with.

  • Outlets and switches. It is imperative to ask your electrician to check the outlets and switches and make sure that they are in good working condition. The outlets must not have any physical defects, must be grounded, and must have the correct tension.
  • Light fixtures. A thorough inspection of all wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted light fixtures must be made. They must be secure. All bulbs must be inspected and the wattage must be correct because if the previous owner of the property installed a light bulb with a bigger wattage than what the fixture was designed to manage, the bulb might overheat and burn a flammable material that is nearby, such as a lampshade, paper or curtain.
  • Electrical wiring. For safety and security reasons, good quality wiring is essential for the integrity of the overall electrical installation. Regular inspection can help identify any problems before they can go worse. For example, regular inspection will help you identify areas with loose connections or exposed wires near an outlet, switch or light fixture.
  • Electrical service panel. This is the fuse box or circuit breaker that is responsible for distributing the electrical circuits in the entire property. The electrical service panel is also capable of cutting the electrical supply of your entire home. A poorly maintained or outdated electrical service panel cannot withstand the demands of a modern lifestyle, so having your service panel inspected before purchasing or renting the property is very important.

To give you an idea of what electrical inspectors usually find, here’s a list of electrical issues commonly found in domestic properties:

  • Aluminum wiring. This was used as an alternative to copper wires but is prone to overheating.
  • Double tapped circuit breakers. These are two or more energized wires that run in one circuit breaker. This is often seen in properties that have undergone extensive renovation or properties that are old.
  • Exposed splices and wiring. These are wires that are spliced and taped together inside an uncovered junction box or wires that are spliced and taped together and not placed inside a junction box, exposing the wires to various elements like water, dust, pests or etc.
  • Incorrectly modified electrical panels. This will result in the flickering of lights, ceiling fixtures becoming hot and outlets or switches working intermittently.
  • Knob-and-tube wiring. This is the first generation of electrical wiring. It is mostly found in homes built between the 1900s and 1940s. It has no protection and no ground wire.
  • Lost knockouts in electrical panels. These are circular or rectangular knobs found inside an electrical panel.
  • More than one neutral wire in an electrical panel slot. This means that one wire could slip out if the set screw was not used to secure it properly.
  • Outlets that are painted. This can potentially cause overheating because the paint might be covering the outlet’s slots.
  • Reversed polarity. This happens when the ground, neutral and hot slots of the plug have been mixed up. This can cause shock or damage to the electrical device that is plugged on that on that outlet.
  • Ungrounded outlets and plugs. Grounded outlets and plugs can prevent electrical shocks.

If you are in Swindon or surrounding areas and you are looking for an extremely professional and reliable electrical firm, call on EJS Electrical at 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. They are the primary choice for a variety of specialist work in the domestic and commercial sectors. Trusted by family and business clients alike, they are a results-focused organization on jobs of any scale, from home improvements to large contracts with letting agents or local councils!

How smart is your home?

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Over recent years the use of smart devices has slowly gained popularity in households. This should not come as a surprise because these devices offer ease and convenience, often enabling its users to manage multiple devices. These devices also help reduce energy consumption and electricity bills, as well as time. 

 

Nowadays, there is a wide range of smart devices designed for home automation. These include home hubs and controllers, surveillance systems, automatic locks or security systems, heating, and cooling systems, smart lighting, smart home appliances, health or fitness devices, smart outdoor gadgets and so much more. With each passing time, these devices are added with smarter features.

 

Today, we will talk about home automation and the latest technology being installed in homes.

What is home automation?

Home automation is a technology that allows you to control home devices from a mobile device no matter where you are in the world: whether you are inside your home or on a holiday in the Bahamas! This technology includes isolated devices like sprinkler systems and thermostats and devices such as appliances, lights, heating or cooling systems, CCTV cameras, automatic door locks, windows, and smoke detectors that are linked to a network that can be remotely controlled.

In the past, centrally controlled automated systems were only available in large commercial buildings and upscale homes. Building automation usually includes heating, cooling, and lighting systems and primary control of these functions are only accessible in specific areas in the building. 

How can I get started with home automation?

A lot of smart devices run on wireless communication protocols like Z-Wave, Zigbee or WiFi. Some systems entail setting up concealed physical wires throughout your home and connecting all the devices you want to automate. The wires then will be connected to the central hub.

Wired home automation systems are slowly losing favour because installing wires throughout your home is an additional cost. Aside from that, troubleshooting these systems can be quite complicated. 

Wireless systems, on the other hand, are very easy to set up. Device consolidation and device compatibility is usually not an issue, making it the preferred option for those considering home automation.

One of the major decisions you have to make is choosing the ‘hub’ or central controlling unit of your home automation system. The hub controls your devices no matter what wireless communication protocol they run on. So whether your lights run on Zigbee or your thermostat runs on WiFi, you can control both of them on your hub. 

You can program certain features or functions on your hub. This will allow you to control the doors whenever somebody is calling for you, be notified whenever the motion sensors detect some movement in the garage or close the window whenever the sunlight is too bright. 

Although you can use different applications to control your devices, it is advisable to use a hub to reduce the complexity of controlling many smart devices. As soon as all your devices are consolidated on the hub, the sensors of your smart devices will determine your lifestyle and behavioral patterns and work together to give you a seamless operation.

Here are some of the standards that you should consider when choosing a home automation hub.

  • Wireless NetworkThe hub must be able to support frequently used wireless communication protocols like WiFi, Z-Wave, Zigbee and etc. This will allow you to easily consolidate all smart devices with different brands and different range of capabilities.
  • Allocated App Manager. Your hub must have an app manager that is compatible with your smartphone’s operating system. This will help you manage and control your smart devices even if you are away from home. The app manager will also help you adjust the features and functions of your smart devices such as scheduling when the lights would turn on or off, programming the airconditioning to turn on when a certain temperature is reached, or schedule your windows to close at dusk. 
  • Capacity to Expand. Aside from having an app manager, your hub must be able to accommodate and control several devices, as well as the capability to receive additional devices if you decide to add more smart devices in the future. 
  • Notifications. Your home automation system must be able to notify you through messages or calls whenever unwanted activities are detected.

New state-of-the-art technology that is being installed in homes

  • Smart Home Hubs and Controllers. Some devices work as a Bluetooth speaker and allow you to control your smart devices using the sound of your voice. These are powered by voice assistants like Alexa and Siri. Other devices work as a hub with the capability of connecting the latest home automation devices, a hub that works just like a remote control (with push buttons of course), a smart outlet that can control small appliances or monitor the energy usage of these devices and as a WiFi-powered power strip.
  • Smart Home Surveillance Cameras. The latest surveillance cameras can now stream and record videos in 4K, zoom in automatically, track motion, built-in spotlight, detect sound, connect with emergency services in one click, record time-lapse videos, offer a wider field of view, and video doorbells.
  • Smart Locks and Home Security Systems. Smart Locks and Home Security Systems. The latest locks and security systems can now be connected to Z-Wave and Wi-Fi. They can also be controlled through voice commands. 24/7 monitoring can be enabled and excellent customer support is often bundled with this service. Another great feature is it can notify you when there is an intruder or when there is smoke, fire, or flood.
  • Smart Heating and Cooling. The latest thermostats now offer a furnace monitor, multimedia support, larger display, improved audio components, user-friendly interface, remote temperature control, geofencing support, additional third-party support, and easy setup process. New airconditioning units are out with voice control as well!
  • Smart Lighting. The most recent smart lighting technology will not only allow you to control the intensity of the light: you can choose from the millions of colours already installed in its system. Most of them can support voice command using Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as connect with IFTTT applets. Smart light switches can now be connected to Wi-Fi and controlled through a mobile app. It can also tell you the news, sports scores, weather, play your favourite music and even control other smart devices. How wonderful is that?
  • Smart Kitchen Appliances. If you think you’re no good at the kitchen, these smart kitchen appliances will tell you otherwise. A Wi-Fi-enabled smart grill can control cooking temperatures and prevent flare-ups. A smart baking scale will help you bake like a pro by telling you how much ingredients you need while a smart microwave can take voice commands from you!
  • Smart Vacuums. Aside from having Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control, the latest smart vacuums can now deliver a stronger clean, multistory mapping, adaptive camera-based navigation, longer battery life, and manual steering. Other vacuuming robots can even mop the floor too!
What can an electrician fix for you

What can an electrician fix for you?

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Electricians are skilled tradesmen with a wide range of responsibilities pertaining to electrical wiring systems. They can design, install, maintain and repair electrical wiring systems and products in machines, equipment, domestic homes, commercial establishments and factories or industrial structures. They can work inside or outside a home and building to make sure items that are essential to everyday life such as household lights, televisions, kitchen equipment, household appliances or restaurant equipment are up and working as they should be.

Aside from making sure that equipment, appliances and electrical wirings are reliably working and operating safely, there are certain types of electricians that specialise in a certain field of expertise. Residential electricians are experts in solving various electrical problems and installing wirings in homes while inside electricians are experts in maintaining and repairing motors, control systems, and electrical machines or equipment in business establishments and factories.

What are the different types of electricians?

Now that you are familiar with the basic responsibilities of electricians, let us go ahead and find out more about them. The two main categories of practising electrical professionals are inside wiremen and outside wiremen. In each category, there are numerous areas of specialisation as we have mentioned earlier.

Electricians who belong under the inside wiremen category aim their attention to wiring of houses or commercial structural dwellings. Most of their time is spent working indoors. They are in charge of creating electrical blueprints, installing new electrical systems or maintaining existing ones, and bringing into order electrical problems or replacing outdated systems.

Outside linemen, on the other hand, spend their time mostly outdoors. They must be prepared to embrace weather changes while working because sometimes, they are needed to repair electrical lines in areas that are affected by power outages, especially areas with homes, businesses and power generating infrastructures. In some instances, they might be obliged to put together electrical substations.

The two main categories are further subdivided into several specialities. Construction electricians aim their attention in establishing wiring for new structures and hardly ever performing maintenance work. Service electricians, on the other hand, concentrate on putting into order wiring problems and doing repairs. Some electricians concentrate on air, hospital, marine and research-specific operations.

What are the responsibilities of an electrician?

Their main responsibility is appropriating ways to distribute electricity from the source to places where home and business owners can readily use it. The specific responsibilities connected to this job varies on the area of specialisation but it may include any of the following:

  • Planning electrical wirings for new structures, including the best locations for heating outlets, light fixtures, electrical outlets and ventilation systems
  • Reading and making sense of circuit diagrams, technical documents and architect blueprints
  • Establishing control systems, lighting and wiring in new and existing homes or business structures in accordance with local government codes.
  • Assembling electrical circuits by joining electrical wires to fixtures or components and examining completed circuits
  • Establishing electrical control or distribution equipment, circuit breaker, relays and switches
  • Establishing brackets and hangers to reinforce electrical commodities
  • Carrying out maintenance operations to keep control systems, lighting and wiring systems in good working condition
  • Examining circuit breakers, electrical components and transformers for any kind of damage
  • Utilising testing devices to uncover why electrical systems or products are not working properly
  • Replacing, troubleshooting, and upgrading defective or outdated electrical fixtures, appliances, devices, equipment or wiring
  • Instructing and guiding other technicians to perform certain duties, responsibilities or tasks

What is the work environment of an electrician like?

Working as an electrician is unlike any other profession with offices or cubicles. Some electricians work inside buildings that are under renovation or construction while others work outside establishing power systems or telecommunications. Some work in cramped spaces or large open areas.

Every so often, these work environments involve the installation, maintenance or repair of live electrical wires and this can be very dangerous if safety measures and protocols are not followed or practised. Sometimes, they are required to work on projects independently or work on projects as part of a large construction firm.

Sometimes, their projects are located in remote areas and they might need to work on it for a single day or months on end before moving on to the next project. Most of the time, their project locations are far from their home so it is not surprising that some of them may have to travel many miles to complete any task.

The opportunities for electricians are available at any time of the year. Their working hours highly depends on their company position or role. Just like regular office workers, maintenance electricians are also required to complete a 40-hour workweek, work on weekdays and expected to take time off during weekends, bank holidays and evening shifts. Others are required to stay on-call or asked to add extra hours to attend and manage any urgent problems.

Independent electricians and junior electricians, on the other hand, usually do not have regular working hours. Their work schedules are flexible because they might be needed to work many hours on a busy week or work for just a few hours on a quiet work week. This is the advantage of working as an independent electrical contractor.

If you have any questions about electricians or if you have electrical requirements that need urgent attention, contact EJS Electrical Services right away! They have a wide range of experience in dealing with commercial clients and services.

Domestic Services

  • Replacement / Additional Switches & Sockets
  • Replacement / Additional Light Fittings
  • External Lighting
  • External Power Supplies for Gardens, Sheds, Green Houses Etc
  • Cooker Circuits & Installations
  • Smoke Alarms
  • Emergency Call Outs
  • General Fault Finding & Repair
  • Upgrade of Consumer Units
  • New Circuits
  • Partial / Full Rewires
  • New Builds Homes / Extensions
  • Bathroom & Kitchen Modernisation Projects
  • Electric Underfloor Heating
  • Inspection, Testing & Certification

Landlord and Letting Agency Services

  • Electrical Installation Condition Report (ECIR)
  • Visual / LITE Electrical Inspections Annually / Change of Occupancy
  • Planned Improvement & Maintenance Works
  • Remedial Electrical Works
  • Emergency Callout Service
  • Portable Appliance Testing (Pat)

Commercial Services

  • All aspects of lighting, including energy-efficient supplies
  • Emergency /security lighting
  • Computer room installation
  • Partial/full rewires
  • Testing and Certification
  • PAT Testing
  • Emergency callouts
  • General repairs and maintenance
All You Need to Know About Energy Efficient Electrics

All You Need to Know About Energy Efficient Electrics

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Aside from the fact that energy efficient electrics can help households save on electric bills, they are also an environmentally-safe option than their regular counterparts.

You might be wondering how these devices are capable of doing such a feat. They maximise small amounts of energy that are needed to carry out a function. Some devices are even capable of functioning under the lowest temperature and energy framework, maintaining their performance until the needed function is completed.

Some types of energy efficient electrics include electric fireplaces, electric heater, electric underfloor heating and many more.

If you are still not convinced that energy efficient electrics are the way to go, we’ll explain it to you further.

Energy Efficient Electrics help save you energy.

As we have mentioned earlier, these types of devices require a minimal amount of energy to carry out certain tasks, thus enhancing their productivity through energy consumption. The energy saved on the device can be allocated for another purpose or function within the home or office.

Energy Efficient Electrics help save you money.

By decreasing energy consumption, these devices can also work toward reducing your electric bills. If you incorporate purchasing energy efficient electricals with making improvements in your home and taking steps to make your daily life more energy efficient can help you save a lot in the long run. Some of the improvements you can implement in your daily routine are purchasing Energy Star devices (these can help reduce your electric bills by up to 30%), using energy efficient lights like halogens and LEDs (these can help you save up to 80%), and washing your clothes in cold water at 30 degrees.

Energy Efficient Electricals are environment friendly.

These devices were specially made to reduce the use of natural resources like water, coal, oil and gas: they were intended to conserve energy and bring about sustainable progress. Since they use less natural resources in order to function, they can help reduce pollution by reducing their amount of emissions and industrial effluents.

Are infrared electric fireplaces energy efficient?

Yes, they are. If you’re wondering how they work, just think about the sun. Both of them emit infrared light which is absorbed by our skin, the clothes we wear and the things that surround us. The process of energy absorption produces a heating effect.

Infrared electric fireplaces are capable of heating rooms faster and efficiently compared to their wood-burning counterparts. Traditional chimneys let the heat out because heat rises while infrared electric fireplaces keep heat within the room.

This type of electric fireplace is also powered by LEDs which consumes less energy as compared to an incandescent bulb.

An LED bulb has a regular lifespan of about 50,000 hours and it does not contain mercury. Because of this, operation costs are low and greenhouse gas emissions are reduced.

Infrared electric fireplaces are also safer because they are cool to touch. An LED bulb uses 90% less heat as compared to an incandescent bulb: that’s why your hands don’t get burned if you touch an LED bulb, unlike traditional chimneys.

No trees are involved in the manufacturing of infrared electric fireplaces so that’s a plus point too!

What is the most energy efficient electric heater?

The most energy efficient electric heater is the kind that can provide a solution to your specific need. In order for you to determine which kind of heater to choose, take note of the following.

A convector heater is best used when;

  • You want to warm up an entire room for a few hours or much more.
  • You need a supplementary heating source.
  • You want to easily control your heater through a timer and thermostat, saving you money in the process.
  • You don’t want to overheat the room.

A radiant heater is best used when;

  • You want to warm up only a part of a room for only a few hours.
  • You want a quick burst of heat near you.
  • You prefer not to use a timer or thermostat.

Electric heaters are considered to be energy efficient because they are all powered by electricity. It is also worth noting that you need to be conscious of its usage so you won’t go overboard with your monthly electricity budget.

Is electric underfloor heating energy efficient?

Electric underfloor heating is made possible by placing a large system of underfloor wires in a room that you wish to be heated.

The benefits of electric underfloor heating include;

  • You can save on installation cost is easy because wires are easier to install than pipes that are required for water underfloor heating.
  • It helps save you space. The need for bulky heating devices and radiators are no longer needed. This, in turn, frees up space in your home. By moving your heating system below the floor, you are giving yourself the luxury of utilising your floor space for something else.
  • It provides heat more efficiently. Electric underfloor heating can heat a room evenly from underneath the floor. Traditional heating methods like radiator can only heat up the air surrounding it. They can operate at a lower temperature and maintain the level of intended warmth. This feature will help you save money on electric bills.

How to improve the energy efficiency of an electrical appliance

To improve the energy efficiency of your existing devices, you need to stop doing these bad habits.

  • Don’t leave your devices plugged in the power socket at all times. Even if you are not the devices, they still consume energy so make it a habit to unplug your devices when not in use.
  • Make sure your devices are clean. This often is not a priority for most device owners but it is worth noting that devices can accumulate dirt, lint or stains due to everyday use. The more dirt accumulates, the less efficient your devices will be.
  • Avoid purchasing devices with no Energy Star stickers. Devices with Energy Star stickers use less energy as compared to devices with no Energy Star stickers.
  • Not keeping an eye on your energy consumption. To determine if you are saving or wasting energy at home, you need to monitor your energy consumption from time to time. You can purchase an energy monitor to help you do this. Some companies even give these devices away for free. Put it in a strategic place where the whole family can monitor it. It will help you determine which devices use more energy, reminding you to cut back their usage.
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How to reduce your energy bill

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You’ve probably found that your household uses up a lot of energy – especially if your electricity and gas bills are high. Did you know that there are many easy and quick ways to reduce your energy usage and save money?

Here are some things you can start doing today to help!

Turn off your appliances

Leaving your appliances on and plugged in – even if they are on standby – can use up energy. Start switching off and unplugging the TV when it’s not in use. It may seem like something small, but it can end up making a big difference.

Get a smart thermostat

Having a smart thermostat can save you money because they know how to heat your home the smart way. They are programmed to only heat up rooms that are in use and learn how long it takes to heat your home – this means the smart thermostat will be able to heat your home efficiently to exactly the right temperature. Smart thermostats can also be controlled from a mobile device, meaning you’ll never have to come home to a cold house again!

Replace your light bulbs

Simply switching out your regular light bulbs for energy-saving ones can save you a lot of money per year. Energy-saving light bulbs last longer and are cheap and easy to get too. This is a change you can make today to start saving energy!

Invest in energy efficient appliances

If you’re on the hunt for a new appliance then take a look at the energy efficient ones on the market. These kinds of appliances may be more expensive because of their efficiency, but they will save you money in the long run so they are a worthwhile investment.

EJS Electrical are here for all your electrical requirements. If you think you might need an electrician, for an emergency or simply for an electrical fitting, then be sure to get in touch with us today!

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When might you need an emergency callout?

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An emergency electrical callout is just how it sounds – it means calling out an electrician in case of a home emergency. Hopefully, you’ll never need an emergency callout, but here are some reasons why you may need one.

Power outage

You could be minding your own business one day and suddenly – no power! This can be very annoying and inconvenient, especially if there’s something important you have to do. If it’s late at night then it can also be a scary experience as you’ll be shrouded in darkness. Your smartphones torch will do for you to be able to get around, but the next step is to check if your house is the only one with the power outage.

Look outside and see if your neighbour’s lights are on, check streetlamps, or knock on your neighbours’ door and ask. If it’s just you, then it’s time to make a callout – call an electrician ASAP, don’t leave it until the morning!

Burning or smoke

If you see or smell burning or smoke then this is likely a bad sign. If it’s coming from your power outlets then this counts as an electrical emergency – in the worst case, a fire could start in your home so be safe and make an emergency callout. Switch off everything in or near the power outlet and wait for the electrition to arrive to properly access the situation.

Water damage

If your home has been subjected to any water damage, such as flooding or a burst pipe, then this can cause water damage to your electrical wiring. This is very unsafe as there is a high risk of electrical shock and, even if the water damage doesn’t seem that severe, it is still best to get it checked out by an electrician to ensure there are no problems later down the line.

Here at EJS Electrical, we can come to you in your time of need. We have an emergency callout service is available, so you can rely on us to help you in case of an electrical emergency. Contact us today to find out more.

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How can you test your smoke alarm?

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Smoke alarms, or detectors, are something that every home should have – they can save your life! It’s important that your smoke alarm is working correctly, which is why it needs to be tested at least every year. Here is all the information you need about testing your smoke alarm.

What are smoke alarms for?

A smoke alarm is a device that can detect smoke in case of a fire. If smoke is detected then a loud alarm will sound, designed to alert anyone in the home, or wake up those that are asleep.

What kind of smoke alarm do you have?

Smoke alarms come in different types and models, here’s a quick breakdown of the different types:

Optical – This type of alarm can be quite pricey but is often more reliable. When smoke enters through the opening vents, the alarm sound is triggered; they check for smoke particles in the air are less likely to set off false alarms because of their accuracy.

Ionisation – This type of alarm is cheap and widely available. They quickly detect fast-growing fires and are very sensitive to smoke particles – as a result, they can have the tendency to trigger false alarms, especially when used near the kitchen.

Most often, smoke alarms are battery-powered. However, you can also get alarms that are powered by the mains in your house – this type needs to be installed by a qualified electrition.

Testing

The best way to test your smoke alarm is by pressing the visible ‘test’ button; press and hold this button until you hear the alarm sound. It should be loud and piercing – if it’s not, or if you are unable to hear the alarm, then you will need to replace the batteries or consider a replacement model. Make sure to alert anyone who is home with you that you will be testing the smoke alarm, so they don’t get a nasty surprise!

It’s important that your smoke alarm is working at all times, so you should test it at least every year. If your smoke alarm is battery-powered then it is useful to check the batteries every month – to avoid doing this you may want to invest in long-life batteries.

If you would like to get a new smoke alarm installed into your home, then contact us at EJS Electrical today – we’ll be happy to help!

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Electrical Emergency – What to expect from a call out

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We all take the smooth running of our homes for granted. Our electricity supply is always there, keeping our homes warm, flooded with light and powered up for using the internet or watching the television. So when something goes wrong, our lives can be turned upside down. Fortunately, many electrical companies offer emergency call outs to help us during this difficult time. Below we explore what you should expect from such a call out.

Safety is the priority

The first step that any emergency electrician will take is to ensure that your property is safe. This will involve cutting the electrical supply to the property if you haven’t already done so. Once you and your property are safe they can then begin to tackle the problem.

Assess what is wrong

The electrician will introduce themselves and then begin to quickly assess what is wrong. Different types of electrical emergency require different actions.

When there are exposed wires

Exposed electrical wires are a threat to life and require emergency action. There is a risk of fire and electrocution. Your emergency electrician will isolate any problem and make the property safe.

When you have no power

If your property suffers a power cut, but the surrounding area is unaffected, then this is a problem with your electrical wiring. The emergency electrician will quickly discover the problem with your wiring and will be able to make the system safe once again. If there is a major fault then they may make a temporary solution until the problem can be fixed.

When you smell burning

If you see smoke or smell any burning near wall sockets, the fuse box or any electrical outlets, then you need to call an emergency electrician. They will turn off the main electricity supply and quickly get to the bottom of the problem, as there will be an issue somewhere within the electrical system.

Here at EJS Electrical, we provide both domestic and commercial customers with an electrical emergency call out service. To learn more please do visit the website or give us a call on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145.