NICEIC Microgeneration to help energy crunch

With the unprecedented winter weather in early 2010, threatened energy shortages and price increases have highlighted the need for the UK to move to more secure, sustainable and renewable energy sources, says NICEIC.
“Not only will Microgeneration be one of the viable solutions for the anticipated ‘energy crunch’ but will also contribute significantly to the UK Government’s legally-binding targets for carbon reduction,” explains Emma McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, NICEIC Group Limited.

It’s game on for ELECSA in the warm up to the FIFA world cup this summer.

As part of the build up, ELECSA is giving away HDD recorders, Xbox 360s and personalised England shirts. And if you want to avoid losing on penalties, try the shoot-out competition online at for a chance to win a free world cup prize.
If you choose to register your score, you get a chance to say what advice you would give England manager Fabio Capello. Suggestions so far include ‘C'mon boys, socket to em! You're all winners, Lamps you R1 and, Gerrard, you R2 ! It's gonna be Ze-sy!’

Electrician travels hundreds of miles to repair light switch due to government contract

An electrician made a total journey of hundreds of miles from Newmarket to Birmingham and back to mend an electrical switch. In another case a repairman drove from London to Cheshire to replace bulbs in an office, a total of 175 miles.
This is all due to the Home Office Property Group to outsource their maintenance and repairs contract.
For more on this story go to the Birmingham Mail website where I found the article.
Great to see that we are all doing our best to keep our carbon footprint down!

Improve your Carbon Footprint AND Cut your energy costs!

MyLocalElectrician have found some really interesting information about VPhase's new energy saving product available to householders and small businesses in the UK. VPhase’s Smart new technology allows homeowners to save money and energy.
The Vphase is a brand new low cost technology that has been launched which can give householders immediate and significant savings on their electricity bills and a reduction in carbon emissions, without any change to their lifestyle, or spending too much in the process!

Electricians could be trained on energy saving & zero carbon emissions

I have found that Electricians with approved electrical qualifications could find that their expertise is needed to help with the new zero carbon scheme proposed today, 25th November 2009, by housing minister John Healey.
He moved on to say "We're determined to see a cut in Britain's carbon emissions but to do that we have to design and build to new green standards in the future."
Also the Mayor of London Boris Johnson recently revealed that trials had begun on a scheme that could see eco-friendly upgrades made to thousands of homes in the capital free of charge.

Public Warning from BASEC

MyLocalElectrician has found a public warning notice from the British Approvals Service for Cables (BASEC) regarding cables that are being sold in the UK market.
On the BASEC website it states :-
"The cables are not BASEC approved and do not carry the BASEC mark.
The cables are multi-core PVC sheathed XLPE insulated steel wire armoured cables, of type BS 5467, in various sizes that are commonly used for low voltage power distribution.

Asbestos - The Hidden Killer

The HSE ( Health & Safety Executive ) Has launched a new campaign showing the dangers of Asbestos. Click the link below to take you to their website for more information on Where it is found?, What are the dangers? and loads more really helpful information on this hidden killer.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep out cold), has good fire protection properties and protects against corrosion.


The requirement for Periodic Inspection Reports (PIR’s) have continued to develop over the last year with their introduction into Home Information Packs (HIP’s), which requires now that every home for sale in the UK requires the home owner to declare when the property was last electrically tested and with let properties requiring a period inspection report.

NICEIC Equipment Hire launched to registered contractors

In a step designed to add value to registration with the organisation, NICEIC has launched an Equipment Hire service in association with Hire Station.
Equipment for any electrical or construction job can be hired by registered installers at extremely competitive rates and delivered directly to site, or collected from a local Hire Station store.