ECA urges government to ensure 'affordable' smart meter tariffs

Energy suppliers should be pressed to ensure that businesses and consumers are offered ‘a range of flexible, fair and affordable tariffs’ as part of the move to smart metering, according to a submission by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) to a government consultation on smart energy. Business and consumer bodies, including the Institute of Directors and Which?, have previously raised concerns over the potential increase in customer energy bills following the installation of smart meters.

Assembly motion supports electrical safety for private tenants

Commenting on the London Assembly’s unanimous motion for the Government to introduce mandatory, 5 yearly electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS), Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First, said:
“London has the biggest PRS in the UK, so we are delighted that the London Assembly supports our campaign for this key safety requirement.

Leading industry awards are open for entries

Engineering services organisations encouraged to submit entries for the ECA Annual Awards. The industry-leading ECA Annual Awards 2017, which recognise some of the top-performing organisations across electrical and other engineering services, are now open to entries from members of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
There are eight award categories, with a limited number of award sponsorship opportunities still available to interested parties. The award categories are as follows:

ECA urges government to back tidal lagoons

Submission to independent review urges government to commit to new industry
Proposals to build a series of tidal lagoons in the UK have been firmly backed by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in a submission to a government-commissioned review of the potential new renewable sector.
Within the ECA response to the Hendry Review, an independent analysis requested by the government earlier this year, the trade body said that tidal lagoons offered the ‘complete package’ of long lifespan, high flexibility, and very high energy predictability.

What is Click Fraud and can you Prevent it?

It's well known that using Google AdWords to generate leads that turn into jobs is prime marketing technique that many tradesmen adopt. Google AdWords is a pay per click system where in basic terms you bid against competitors to gain a top position in order to increase visitors and subsequently business enquiries.
However, the Google AdWords system largely relies on honesty and unfortunately there are some unscrupulous people that engage in an activity known as click fraud to cost you dearly whilst handing themselves an advantage.

Star duo booked to appear at Live South

Matt Allwright and Geoff Hurst will be the guest speakers at this year’s Live South which takes place at Epsom Downs on May 19th. Allwright is the well-known consumer affairs reporter who presents BBC’s Rogue Traders and Watchdog programmes. He will be discussing some of the risks posed by dodgy tradespersons and highlighting the importance of using registered electricians.

Savvy Homebuyers Demand Good Indoor Air Quality

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia has welcomed recent research on the importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and how the nation’s health is dependent on it. With this growing body of research comes increased awareness, among homebuyers as indoor air quality rises in importance as both a comfort and health issue in residential New Build properties.

MP's debate on faulty electrical goods

Leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, is delighted the Government has acknowledged the importance of its campaign against dangerous electrical items - recently highlighted by media headlines around damage caused by white goods such as tumble-dryers and gadgets such as hoverboards. At a recent Westminster Hall debate, MPs discussed not only the flood of fakes entering the UK – particularly through online outlets - but also the issue of substandard items.

Electrician wins £150,000 Aston Martin

An electrician who drives an old van has won a jaw-droppingly beautiful Aston Martin DB9 Volante with BOTB.com - the supercar giveaway people. BOTB.com surprised electrician Francois Chklar at his job in Hammersmith at 10am today where they handed him the keys. The best part of it all was he had no idea!
Francois has religiously played for the DB9 for a few years and was understandably well happy when he was surprised in the middle of a rewiring job. The £143,000 DB9 also came with £10k cash in the boot!
You can watch the video of Francois receiving his amazing prize below: