And the Winners of the on line Electrician of the Year Awards are..

At last the waiting time is over and we can finally announce the 3 winners of the on line electrician of the year awards 2011.
Julian Grant, UK and international sales manager for Megger Ltd said 'The awards are based on who is the best online electrician, judged by their usage of the internet and social networking, etc - rather than it being a "who is the best electrician" award'.

And the short list for the on line electrician of the year is......

The long awaited short list for the My Local Electrician on-line electrician of the year has just been released!
From the entries we received ,we can see that electricians with on-line presence are very dedicated and spend a great deal of time and care on their on-line accounts – this demonstrates that having a on line presence is very important in order to move business forward. Electricians have reported business opportunities and work gained by having a presence on-line which costs them only a little time on a daily basis to obtain.

VPhase launch training video

VPhase, the market leading domestic voltage optimisation company, whose product is proven to save up to 12% of home electric bills, has released an innovative training video for installers – available now, on and offline. Complementing the free training seminars that the company has provided throughout the UK, the video is presented by in-house trainer Andy Rigby and the Learning Lounge’s Dave Austin.

Changes to the new ‘Qualified Supervisor’ qualification have been delayed

Back in October, Trade Skills 4U published a blog called ‘A Message from Our Director’ announcing that there will be changes made to the existing Domestic Installer Qualification scheduled for the new year; January 2012. The IET originally announced these changes in a press release published July 2011 stating that these changes were originally supposed to come in 1st January 2012 however as this target date is fast fading, the training specialist have announced an update on the new qualification to make sure that the people it affects are kept up to date.

The ACI warns of more fake arctic cable entering the UK

The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) is warning of fake arctic cable which is used mainly in the supply of temporary power and is normally blue or yellow in colour – yellow indicating 100v and blue indicating 230v being distributed throughout the UK. With Winter now beginning to set in, warnings over fake cable are now being issued. The use of fake cable can have dire consequences including electric shock, fire and short circuit.

Ascertiva selected for Green Deal pilot

The Ascertiva Group has been successful in its application to join the UKAS pilot of the Government’s ‘Green Deal’ initiative. The UKAS pilot has been established to test the certification process and standards, which Green Deal Certification Bodies use to assure quality installation work for consumers.
Set to launch in 2012, the Green Deal will incentivise householders and businesses to install energy efficient products by off – setting the cost through savings in energy bills.

The EEIBA and how it can help you

My Local Electrician are pleased to be supporting the EEIBA on-line. The EEIBA is the electrical and electronics charity. The EEIBA is the only charity that exists to help those in hardship and distress who work, or have worked, in the electrical and electronics industries and any connected or allied industries and sciences, including mechanical engineering. This help is also available to any dependants. Help and assistance is provided in circumstances involving all age groups, from the youngest child to the oldest pensioner, anywhere in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.

Feed in Tariff Changes Could Help Chinese Manufacturing Industry

The government released a consultation document reviewing the Feed In Tariffs (FIT’s). In it they are suggesting that installations for retro fit properties will be cut from 43.3p per kWh to 21p per kWh. The reason for this is due to the better than expected take up of solar panels which has subsequently reduced cost of the installation. Essentially the scheme has been too successful.

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