Earn and Save Money with Solar Panels
Here at Red Elec we are not just your local electricians, we can also advise and help you to save money with your electricity bill, in this article we will be talking about how you can save and even earn money, just by having solar panels fitted onto your roof.
HOW WILL I EARN MONEY?
You’ll be paid a minimum sum for all electricity generated by your system, known as the Feed-In Tariff (Fit). You’ll get approx 14.9p per kilowatt hour (kwh) for each unit of electricity you create.
You get 4.6p for every unit sold back to the Grid. Together, these payments boost your savings because your on-site electricity reduces the bill from your normal supplier.
WHAT SAVINGS ARE THERE?
- About £800 a year, typically. For example, a family of four in a three-bed property who buy a 4kWh solar panel system will earn about £560 a year from their supplier just for generating the solar electricity.
- On top of this, they will then make £90 from selling power back to the National Grid via their energy supplier.
- And finally, they’ll typically knock £150 from their electricity bill by using their own power instead of buying it all from their supplier.
- This works out as approximately £800 of savings in total.
At these rates, you need to be prepared to stay in your current property for a minimum of eight years to make it worthwhile. The key to making big savings is to use as many of your appliances as possible in the daytime when you are generating your own power.
Your installer should show you how everything works and you must register the Feed-In Tariff.
A new meter then shows you how much energy is being generated — and how much you are exporting. If you would like to know more on how you can save money on your next electricity bill, or you would just like to know about the other services that we currently offer, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.
How to change a wall socket in the safest way possible
You don’t need to be a qualified electrician to replace a socket. You can do this sort of minor electrical work without notifying your Local Authority Building Control Department, but the work must be done in accordance with the standards in the relevant Building and Electrical Regulations and you should consider having the work checked by a competent electrician to make sure it is safe.
An Electrical socket may be broken or become damaged if it overheats and scorches. If the problem is scorching it will usually have been caused by a loose connection in the socket or by loose connections in the plug. Don’t plug it back in without dealing with the problem, or it will just happen all over again.
- Firstly you should isolate the circuit (turn the power off for that plug socket) use a socket tester to double-check that it is actually dead. Unscrew the socket faceplate from the wall, keep the screws in case the new ones don’t fit.
- Loosen the terminal screws and free the cable cores. If the insulation is heat damaged, cut back the cores and strip the ends. Run green/yellow sleeving over the earth core if you find it bare.
- Connect the (old) red or (new) brown core or cores to the live terminal of the new faceplate, the (old) black or (new) blue core or cores to the neutral terminal and the earth core or cores to the earth terminal. Tighten the terminal screws fully. Fit the new faceplate. If the new screws don’t fit the lugs of the old box, use the original screws. When power is returned to the circuit, use the socket tester to check it is wired correctly.
If you do however change your own plug sockets, make sure you get somebody around who knows what they’re doing to make sure the plug sockets are safe to use. This could be a family friend, electrician or just someone you know. Although if you have a busy schedule and you cannot do this yourself, for whatever reason. Then don’t hesitate to get into contact with us here
Domestic Electricians in Widnes
Here at Red Elec our team of experienced domestic electricians in Widnes can help with all of your home electrical needs. All aspects of electrical repairs and electrical inspection work are untaken by professional, qualified domestic electricians in Widnes and the following areas. Since we first started to use electricity in our homes the regulations and requirements for domestic properties has changed vastly, with the priority being on the safety of the end user. This increase has placed a strain on the electrical system within many dwellings, with many older homes requiring system upgrades as they are both dangerous and non-compliant with today’s regulations.
Here at Red Electricians we can provide upgrade and maintenance of your domestic system aswell as the following services:
We also offer the following services:
- Electrical inspection & Testing
- Extra sockets/lights
- Consumer Unit (fuse boxes) Upgrades
- Garden lighting/features
- Door entry systems
- CCTV Systems
- Fire/Smoke Detection
- Fault finding
- Energy Monitoring
- Central Heating Control Systems
If you would like some more information on our Domestic Electricians in Widnes, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly. Alternatively if you would just like some more information on the other services that we offer, then please click here. If you need a quote, then please again contact us and we’ll provide you with a free quote.
A recent article was posted on the BBC website, talking about how they are upping the requirements for an electrician to be allowed to do work on somebody’s home without them endangering the home-owner and their family. Rules in England state that people deemed “competent” by industry bodies can sign off work as safe and legal. But the Communities and Local Government Committee said some had only a few weeks’ training and called enforcement of rules “at best patchy”. The government said it would consider the findings “carefully”. In 2005, the Labour government brought most electrical work in the home under the system of building regulations, designed to ensure safety standards.
The reasons behind this are that there are many electricians whose only qualifications and experience is an electricians five week course and these people shouldn’t be allowed to work on somebody’s home unattended, because they aren’t fully experienced in working with electrical wiring and appliances. An MP called Clive Betts had the following to say: “Somebody whose only electrical qualification is that they have attended a five-week training course simply should not be re-wiring houses”.
In some cases, the MPs were told, people stood “as much chance of getting a competent person as asking a bloke down the pub to do the job”. The committee received evidence that some workers had done no more than take a “two-hour open book exam” before carrying out domestic electrical work, while others had taken internet-advertised “five-week wonder” courses. Added to this, only 14% of the population were even aware of the system, fewer than a third of the number who knew about a similar scheme for gas fitters.
The committee recommended that, within five years, no-one should be allowed to carry out the electrical work covered by building regulations without an NVQ Level III or equivalent qualification and “a significant period of supervised on-the-job training”.
This sounds like a good enough answer to make sure that only fully trained, experienced and qualified electricians can do work on people’s homes, thus lowering the chance of danger to the home-owners. You can read the full article here
Here at Red Elec, one of our main trades is house rewiring. Which sounds like a very complex process, because a lot of people don’t get into the grit inside their houses. It’s a very interesting process, that over the years we’ve became experts within. Depending on various different scenarios will result in the reason for you coming to see us for our services. However, there are two guaranteed variables that WILL be involved. One; you will want our services, because we provide the best. Two, your wires will need to be replaced for one reason or another. Whether that reason is because they’re old, or you want something new installed to replace broken wires, we can provide this efficiently. However, you will need expertise in order for this to be applied effectively. Why is that? Because if you do a bad job when installing a new wiring system, this can result in various different negative scenarios, which include electrical blowouts, which will set you back even further. This is something you will not want to get into, so don’t make that mistake. If you have any issues with your wiring, don’t hesitate to contact us, we’re the best in the business and we will have you sorted out in no time.
Bad Electrical DIY Resources
The threat of unregistered electricians and dangerous DIY electrical works being carried out in unsuspecting households is showing no sign of abating just yet. From the expert on line forum user suddenly being able to install garden lighting to the genuine mix up when changing light fittings, householders are often hesitant to pick up the phone to speak to a qualified and registered electrician until disaster occurs or serious damage has occurred.
Electricians up and down the country will be familiar with the call that starts with “my lights don’t work”…..the familiar mantra that will take to a property and see all manner of attempts to carry out a straight forward electrical job – from the ‘chock block’ to over heating cables to well who knows……
But who is really to blame?
Of course it is very easy to point our fingers and curse the householder silently for their esteemed stupidity, however with the plethora of resources available to enable a householder to carry out electrical work, can we really blame them for having a try?
Such resources can be found very routinely at your local library. Very amazing are these books that step by step instructions are given for major electrical projects such as installing an electric shower, outdoor floodlights and taking power to an outside workshop or garage!
These by far not the only readily available resources give out a confusing message to the public who are already confused by when or when not to call an electrician. Such publications are actively encouraging DIY electrical work that could endanger or cause serious electrical injury.
So with householders scrambling for the latest electrical DIY manual or on line forums containing all the advice you need for confident electrical DIY where does this leave the electrician?
Busier than ever!
If there is any good news to be had, it is the fact that electricians are being kept busy remedying and repairing DIY electrical work. A third of UK electricians have seen or repaired DIY electrical work that resulted in electrical fire, injury or which would cost a considerable sum of money to repair.
However with many householders switched off to the idea or unaware of safety and certification, how can they be persuaded to use the services of a qualified and registered electrician?
One of the up and coming major contributors is home insurance. Increasing numbers of insurance companies are invalidating cover for electrical work carried out in kitchens and bathrooms and if there is one thing your customer will be wanting to avoid is an invalid home insurance policy.
In addition, selling the property may become more difficult and the sale value may well be affected. Clever surveying methods now detect when electrical work was carried out so without an Electrical Installation Condition Report or Part P certificate, how will the buyer know if the work is safe? The costs of finding this out will be expensive and any works needed will come at a cost of course. This will of course could be reflected in the offer price. So that DIY work to save a few quid may come back to bite in years to come.
If you don’t know don’t DIY
DIY books, and on line instructions are never going to go away but don’t allow such information to tantalise you into a potentially dangerous (and costly) position.
It is far safer to call in an expert professional electrician who will ensure that the job is done as quickly as possible, safely and at reasonable cost. The cost will be far cheaper than having to have the work re done at a later date if your DIY attempt goes wrong.
If you enjoyed this post about “Bad Electrical DIY Resources” then please keep checking this spot as it’s regularly updated with informative and interesting articles, some of these can contain tips, hints or just friendly advice from your #1 local electricians! If you’d like to know more about the services that we provide, or you’d just like some free quotes etc. then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you as soon as possible!
24 Hour Call Outs Electricians Widnes
Here at Red Elec, we offer a full 24 Hour Electrician Services based in Widnes, servicing the entire Widnes area and its surrounding towns. We provide a full 24 Hour, 7 days a week Electrical Call out Service, this is because we understand that faults of any kind can happen at any point and this is the same for electrical problems, we don’t want you living in the medieval times, so after a quick phone call with us, we’ll get to you that very night to make sure that you can have your lights on again or other necessities. This service is to get your electrical installation back up and running in the least possible time. Our average response time is one hour within Widnes and St Helens, and up to two hours further away.
Locally Based 24 Hour Electricians;
We are your locally based electricians company that provide an exceptional service to our customers, we will always try and get to our customers straight after they hang up the phone with us, unlike most traders, when we say what time we’ll get to you, we’ll actually arrive on time (and the same day, not 2 weeks late when you’re in work). In the event that the fault is not repairable, due to a multitude of reasons, from a requirement for spare parts or your children are in bed, we will install a temporary fix, and return at a more suitable time.
If you would like to know more information about our 24 Hour Call Outs Electricians Widnes, or you would just like some more information on the other services that we provide, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.
24 Hour Electricians Widnes Call Outs
Electrical faults can happen at any time of the day and because of this at Red Elec our professional electricians will be able to come out to you at any time of the day for free with our 24 Hour Electricians Widnes Call Outs, to fix problems, give free quotes and any other electrical service that you may require. Just because we know how stressful it can be if a fault or issue occurs during the night, especially when you would usually have to cope with the situation until the morning.
Our friendly and reliable Electricians have over 15 years of experience in solving electrical faults and other general electrical fixes/changes and they are all fully trained professionals who are here to help you with your electrical problems. If you would like some more information on our 24 Hour Electrician Call Outs, or if you’d just like some more information on our other services or even just a free quote, then please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.
Electricians St Helens – Reviews from our Customers
If your searching for recommended Electricians St Helens, you’re in the right place. At Red Elec we believe our customers are the best people to tell you how good we are. So we decided to ask our customers in St Helens to review our electrical skills… Here’s what they said.
James Hardman, Haydock, St Helens,
We needed our property re-wired and we had no idea where to go for it to be done correctly. Luckily somebody we know told us about Red Elec and how they do a great job at re-wiring homes, as they had it done too not too long ago. We gave Red Elec a call and they booked us in for the very next day (we didn’t have to wait weeks upon weeks like other electricians), they were very friendly and helpful each step of the way, they even advised us to not use as many extension leads as we were using because it was a fire hazard. It didn’t take them long to finish re-wiring the house and making sure everything was working well and working safely. There was no hassle and no mess afterwards, they are a great, friendly and reliable service and I would recommend them to anyone looking to have their home re-wired.
Mrs Hopkins, Thatto Heath, St Helens
Our fuse box decided to conk out the other night, we were without electricity through out the night, luckily it was around 11pm – 12pm that it happened, so we just slept it off. Although in the morning we searched on Google for electricians in our area and we found Red Elec (after looking through dozens of other companies), when we rang them they told us that we should’ve rang them last night and they would’ve came around and done it for us before we went to bed, but we never knew that at the time. They arrived within the hour and replaced our main fuse box in our house, which took them under an hour to do so. The team were very friendly and appreciated my constant asking of if they wanted a brew. I was quite sad to see them leave, due to them being so nice and helpful. They also showed my son a quick fuse lesson so he even knows what to do when a fuse breaks (our kettle always does it for some reason). I would recommend these guys to any of my friends or relatives, they are really helpful and know what they’re doing.
Jane Jensen, Sutton Manor, St Helens
We needed some outdoor lighting fitted due to a break in, in our garden a week ago. Up until then we were sleeping with the windows wide open, just to make sure that we could hear if anything was going on in our back garden. A relative told us about Red Elec and how they fit outdoor lighting, myself and my partner agreed to give them a call. They arrived the same day as they took it as an emergency, within an hour we had working outdoor lights and they will hopefully scare of any unwanted guests during the night. The team who came out where very friendly and supportive and they knew what they were doing and where the best place to set up the lights were. Myself and my partner would recommend Red Elec to anyone who is having issues with garden break-ins.
We are Red Elec Electrical Services, a well-established family run Electricians Widnes that has traded for over 8 years providing a first class reliable service in all fields of electrical contracting Domestic and Commercial alike.
All of our Electricians Widnes have approved status to City & Guilds standards and are fully conversant with the current 17th Edition IEE Wiring regulations BS7671: 2008 (amended). We have been affiliated to the “The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) since September 2006 & have been registered with Trust Mark since 2008
At Red Elec our vision is simple. To be the best Electricians Widnes company in our field; experienced, responsive, competitive, and on-schedule. These qualities translate into excellence and trust … the same trademarks that have carried our reputation for over 8 years.
I’m proud to say that since 2006, Red Elec has been a growing, dynamic business that knows the meaning of an “honest day’s work”. Through extraordinary personal service, attention to detail, and commitment to our customers’ needs, we’ve earned a reputation for excellence that keeps our clients coming back again and again, and consistently referring Red Elec with confidence. Just check out some of our testimonials.
Electricians Widnes services in Domestic Properties.
Giving you the confidence that, not only are you dealing with a well established and fully qualified Electricians Widnes Company, but also that we are regularly checked to ensure that all our work is up to all safety standards for the work being completed in your home.
If you’d like to know more on our Electricians Widnes, or you would like to know some more information on the Electricians Widnes services that we offer, then please don’t hesitate to get into contact with us and a member of our friendly team will be in touch with you shortly.