NICEIC Live, the electrical contracting and installation show held by The NICEIC (the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry), took place last week at Epsom Downs Racecourse and has been the subject of nothing but positive reviews since.
We’re already halfway through May and there are a fair few trade shows coming up in the remainder of the month, including the ever popular ARC Show in London, as well as both the second and third PHEX shows for the year.
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The figures show that just 56% of people who are currently customers of the Big Six – British Gas, EDF, E.ON, npower, ScottishPower and SSE – would make the move to a smaller supplier, despite many of the best energy deals often being outside the sphere of the major providers.
Could you imagine living in a Jubilee Line tube from the London Underground?
The Royal Institute of British Architect (RIBA) sent Kevin McCloud host of Channel 4's Grand Designs on the London Underground to see how difficult it is to get ready for work without enough space or light.
Did you know that England has no national minimum standard for the size of all new homes and there is little or no guidance about the size and number of windows in homes.
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Anyone who has ever burnt their bacon or smoked in the comfort of their home will know that an accidentally triggered smoke alarm can be a frustrating experience.
But with one in three battery-operated smoke alarms failing in a house fire - most often because the battery has been removed – we are reminding people that there’s a very good reason why we all hate the sound of the smoke alarm.
Over the coming weeks we'll be adding the whole range of Philips LED Consumer Lamps and Lights to the website, but for the time being why not watch this video and see how Philips LED Lights can help you and/or your business.
The first of the 6 PHEX2013 shows took place yesterday at Wembley Arena, London, and in true form, has attracted a buzz in the plumbing and heating world both on traditional media and online. With a wide range of exhibitors, seminars and a pre-registrant prize draw per show, the 19th iteration of the show has been as widely received, if not more so, than years past.
LED lighting was a big theme this year, with global company Everlight announcing the launch of their new light bulbs for their Everlight LED Lighting range, which was announced in 2011 in Taiwan and this year in China.
Energy Prices Set to Rise Over the next month, many of the most popular fixed price deals offered by the big six providers will be coming to an end. Safeguarding against the cold and the rising energy bills which will be rearing their head once autumn inevitably approaches should be high on your priority list of things to do.
Hong Kong Housewares Fair This year marked the 28th year the show has been running, with well over 2000 exhibitors including 250+ Indian hand craft exporters, to showcase the wide range of good India has on offer.
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Now that Euroluce, organised by Cosmit, is over for another year, we’ve been gathering popular opinions and thoughts from attendees to the event, and have put together a complete rundown for our readers to enjoy.
A focus on energy efficiency has emerged as one of the most important interior design trends in the kitchen in recent years according to Andrew Leech, director of the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC), who argues that a high level of energy efficiency is particularly important in the kitchen because of the large number of appliances found in the room in most modern homes.
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Someone up there is clearly playing with Mother Nature’s thermostat, and we’re all in need of some serious sunshine. With news coming out that consumers will face a hike in gas prices due to increased demand as we all keep our heating on full blast, we need something to cheer us up! We’ve put together our list of our 5 “Must Have” Summer appliances in the home and office in an attempt to bewitch the warmer weather to us….come, little ray of sunshine….
For a small number of customers the GB energy market works well. With the help of online price comparison sites, such as +uSwitch they can hunt down the cheapest deals online and save money. But even for these customers, the small print can be confusing, meaning you may not end up on the best deal.
We are just loving this super cute night light from Philips Lighting, this LED night light is fully programmable to suit your schedule and can be switched to standby/off during the day to save power and has a massive 20,000 hours lamp life.
Modern thermostats and timers offer a degree of control over electric radiators that cannot be replicated with any other type of heating system. In particular, consumers can now opt for wireless control systems, which allow users to modify the settings for their radiators remotely and without the need to run difficult-to-conceal wires between them all.
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Recently, MPs and consumer groups stepped up calls for lower rates following uSwitch’s revelation that as many as seven in ten UK households may opt to keep their heating off regardless of the cold simply because they are unable to pay their bills.
Head of Npower, Paul Massara, when speaking to This is Money, laid at least some of the blame for the current situation at the government’s door, arguing that well-intended schemes such as feed-in tariffs have actually led to higher prices for the vast majority of UK consumers.
Almost seven in ten households (69 percent) have gone without heating at some point this winter to keep their energy costs down, says a survey by uSwitch.com, while 74 percent have cut down or rationed their energy use this winter because of the increases to electricity and gas prices in recent months
With money tight for a lot of us right now, many of those carrying out home improvements will be tempted to keep a lid on costs by going down the DIY route, rather than hiring a professional tradesman.
However, while there are many jobs a confident DIY'er will have no problem in tackling, there are a number of home improvements that, for safety reasons, should only be attempted by a professional though.
With energy costs rising significantly in recent times, installing energy efficient electric radiators, upgrading to LED lighting, fitting insulation and other measures designed to reduce your home’s consumption of electricity and gas are becoming increasingly important.
And the Green Deal aims to make this easier for British households by offering them low-cost loans to fund energy efficient home improvements.
According to new research by Saga, around two-fifths of those aged 50 and over say their home is in need of repairs, with gutters (13 per cent), roofs (ten per cent), insulation (nine per cent) and heating (eight per cent) the main culprits.
Some people could however be faced with an even bigger bill as a fifth of over 50s say that more than one area of their home needs repairing.
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With the general increase in home and remote working across the country, it may be time to think about creating a dedicated space to use as a home office.
With any place of work, where you’re likely to spend hours at a time staring at spreadsheets or documents, good lighting is key, and this is one of the first things anyone designing a home office needs to think about.
Whether it’s installing modern electric radiators, upgrading to a new boiler, adding insulation, or one of many other possible measures, 67 per cent of Brits are interested in making their homes more energy efficient, a poll by uSwitch.com has revealed.
The research’s findings come at a time when energy bills across the country are soaring following recent hikes to rates by many of the UK’s leading gas and electricity providers.
Available to buy now - Creda Quantum Heater Creda Heating is proud to introduce Quantum, a electric heating system like no other. Quantum is up to 25% cheaper to run and uses up to 20% less energy than other comparable static storage heaters.
The Quantum Energy System is designed to use low-carbon energy from renewable sources - such as solar photovoltaics and wind turbines - and converts this into heat.
Previously, home owners wanting to carry out relatively straight-forward jobs involving electrical components would need to have the work approved by their local council, at a typical cost of around £240 and often even more.
But under the new rules, which will come into force in April 2013, council approval will no longer be necessary for simple jobs such as adding a socket, installing a new security light or adding a lawnmower socket in the garden.
The most common New Year’s resolutions will be those that involve improving health, such as eating more fruit and veg or quitting smoking, with 69 per cent planning to make changes to their lifestyles such as these.
However, the second most common pledge set to be adopted by 34 per cent of those making resolutions is to save money and/or spend less.
Brits are finding themselves struggling to cover the cost of their gas and electricity use. However, according to Which?, there are a number of simple steps you can take to keep a lid on your energy...
The Dimplex Quantum System consists of 3 parts, the Quantum Heater, the Quantum Cylinder and the Quantum Hub. Although this is being sold as a heating and hot water system the two parts can be installed separately allowing you to upgrade to the full system at a later date.
“We are proud to be the first and only energy supplier to ensure its most vulnerable customers benefit from its cheapest prices” said Martin Lawrence, managing director of energy sourcing and customer supply at EDF.
The move has been welcomed by consumer groups, particularly in light of the escalating energy prices seen in the UK in recent months.
Do you have new radiators installed? Did you know that how much you pay for heating will largely depend on how you use them and how good your house is at preventing heat from escaping and being wasted.
The Coldest Journey expedition will see Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team attempt to become the first explorers to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter, where temperatures can drop to minus 90 degrees Celsius.
Even with the most efficient heating system in the world, you’ll still be wasting cash if you fail to eliminate sources of draughts in your home.
Alongside your choice of heating system and the energy tariff you use, draught-proofing is one of the easiest and most-effective ways to lower your energy bill, and could be a particularly good idea now that the winter weather has set in and the temperature has plummeted.
This year has seen five of Britain’s big six energy suppliers announce price hikes, averaging out at an increase of £90 or seven per cent per household and taking the average customer’s energy bill to £1,334 a year.
There are ways to combat the winter blues and among the most effective is to adapt your home décor to better suit the colder weather.
This can be done in a number of ways, ranging from a few simple, superficial changes to more drastic measures to make your home feel warm and cosy. So if you’re short of time and cash and just want something quick and easy to get your home ready for the winter months see our article below.
According to Sara Corker, seasoned interior designer and director of Sara Corker Designs, there are a few things we can do in our kitchens to maximise space and create the illusion of the room being far bigger than it is.
The most important thing to think about is your use of lighting, she says.
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Modern patio heaters from companies such as Dimplex and Consort Claudgen are incredibly effective at keeping people warm even in low winter temperatures. They are also much less expensive to run than people think.
According to insurance group AXA, the average cost of a burst pipe remains at around two and half times more than a burglary claim, while during freezing weather, customers are three times more likely to experience a burst pipe than a theft.