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Electric Charging Point

Introduction Moving around is going is changing and will change more by 2030 because we will all be relying on electric to move from one place to another. Not only is it going to rapidly change the transport industry, it is going to effect our day to day lives. In fact, we spend 19 hours in a car in one year! Don't be the last to get the electric charging point. Book a fit in with our professional electricians to fit one in. Pricing What is an EV charger? An EV charger (Electric Vehicle Charger) is a module which charges an electric car. Just like a mini Petrol Station. It is used for owners of an electric vehicle. They also can occasionally be seen outside shops or in motorway services. Domestic charging points are as little as 1/2 metre, though commercial devices are as big as 2 1/2 metres high. Whilst the domestic ones are more compact, they effect the speed of charging, i.e. they are slower. How Does It Help The Environment The reason EV charging points are growing in population...

Power cuts

If you power is off and you think others in your street are too then you'll have to call North-West Electricity if you're in our area - Carnforth, Lancaster, Morecambe, South lakes. Here is the website and telephone number: http://www.enwl.co.uk/  0800 195 4141 Even if your next door neighbour's power is on, it may still be a power cut.  Houses next door to each often don't share the same electricity cable.

Advantages of 240 V on board

Want to run loads of appliances on your yacht that you use at home? Then you need 240V installed. There are three ways of getting a 240V supply: Having a generator Having an inverter Through a Public Distribution Network (shore power) Appliances at home need a socket. These might include: Microwave Kettle Dishwasher Radio TV Hairdryer Laptop Electric Shower   You can have these installed quickly and easily on your boat. This makes it more convenient to you and makes it feel more like home. It's not just appliances, your 240V supply can provide lighting, charge batteries, and water heating. It's no fun waiting for the kettle to boil on the gas so you can do your washing up! The electrics should be fitted to ISO 13297 by a domestic electrician registered on a competent person scheme. It's important to make sure you're RCD protected. By the way, just to note, if you go for the shore power option, make sure you disconnect from the shore power before you set off. Remember "With great...

Did you know: Unplugging your phone charger

Some devices are worth remembering to unplug. It has the obvious benefit of reducing the amount you pay for your electricity bill, but also, the devices are potential hazards if left Plugged In accidentally. Be careful to unplug your phone charger when your mobile has finished charging. If it is a branded phone charger then it is likely to be more safe, but cheap knock-off phone chargers can cause house fires, so to be on the safe side, you should consider unplugging any of your phone chargers whether branded or not when your phone is fully charged. This article (http://www.reshareworthy.com/fire-caused-by-phone-charger/) tells of a house fire caused by a phone charger. The photo below is of the kitchen: The phone charger in this case was cheap, which means it is more likely to suffer from faulty wiring for one thing. Make sure you check for wear and tear on your charger's cable, and be careful when unplugging, as this is when most damage happens. Keep in mind that the more the...

Did you know: USB Sockets

You might consider having a USB socket installed. I didn't know USB sockets were available to buy, I only found out when a customer wanted two installed. As you can see in the photo, this USB socket has two sockets and two USB ports. You may or may not have received a socket charger with a USB port for your phone when you bought it, only a USB charger, so one benefit is that you will not need to buy one if you have have a USB socket installed. Another benefit is that the socket(s) themselves (on the USB socket) are left free for your other devices to use, while the USB ports are left available to charge your phone. Just be careful because the USB ports are always live, so don't stick a pin in the USB port for example, or you will get a shock (but hopefully you know that already).    

Marine Electrics

Hey Yachtis on Lake Windermere, Cumbria. Did you know that there is now shore power at the public jetties at Ferry Nab? Just think what you could do with that. Scrub the deck? No thanks, I will Plug In and jet wash. What about all those repairs that you meant to do over winter if your boat was out of the water. Well you'll be able to Plug In and get them them done. Who knows, a Ferry Nabber might just be on hand to give you some advice! What ever you're choosing to Plug In, why not book a Plugged In appointment for advice and get the most out of this power source. But what about the inside? Who wants to trip over an extension; especially with visitors coming. Why not get some discreet sockets fitted? If your sick of warm drinks on a hot sunny day, get a fridge installed and a connection to the shore power Ping that microwave for a quick tasty dinner Plug In your hairdryer before that night out in Ambleside Plug In the hoover and get that saloon spic and span

Did you know: Loft insulation and electricity

In Carnforth, Lancaster and Morecambe, it has been quite a mild winter compared to previous years. You may have put in loft insulation, but the wiring creates heat, more so within insulation. The heat reduces the amount of electricity the wires can transmit to sockets, lights and any other device on a circuit, and the heat can also damage the wires.The wires may need to be replaced, and it can be expensive to do so. You can help this problem by creating space around the wires or laying the wires along a wooden block outside of the insulation. If you want advice or help you can contact Plugged In Electricians

Christmas lights

There is something wonderful about walking past our neighbours and seeing their house as bright as Blackpool lights.  In the regulations you may want to look at Section 714 which gives guidance on outdoor locations including gardens.  In regulation 714.1 exclusions are given, namely: lights that are connected directly to the internal wiring of your home.  For example, a santa light at the front door with the plug going through the letterbox and plugging into the socket That means as long as your lights are IPX3 (IP43) rated for sheltered areas or IPX4 (IP44) rated for exposed areas, then you can plug them directly into a socket on the inside without any further to do.  Safe ligths will have their IP rating directly on the light, or tag that should remain on the light.  If they do not, then we suggest you purchase a new exterior light from a good suplier. PLEASE NOTE: Are your indoor electrics safe?  Will your power cut off automatically if there is a fault? If in doubt, then contact...

Cable Colours

What colours? What do the colours mean? You may find that some of the electrical cables / wires in your house have different colours.  A basic rule to remember is: Brown (new colour) / Red = LIVE Blue (New colour) / Black = Neutral Green & yellow (New colour) / Green = Safety Earthing REMEMBER SAFETY FIRST: The Electrician before you may have made a mistake and wired the LIVE in the wrong place, so test the cables with an approved voltage tester TURN OFF POWER - when it comes to making changes, TURN off the power at the source, then check the area you're working on with an approved voltage tester Secure the source - make every effort to ensure that someone can't turn the source back on while you're working on it. If in doubt, call a Qualified, Competent and Regualted Electrician.  It's not worth the risk.

Do you know: Replacing a plug

When I was busy reading today I went to plug in my lamp, and found that the plastic on the plug had fractured, and the inside of the plug was exposed. If someone came along and stuck their finger or some metal into it they could get a shock.     Replacing the plug was the next step, and I thought it would be a good idea to let people know how to do it, as you will likely need to do it at some point in your life. These are the steps (and all you will need is a screwdriver, and a new plug): You will need to remove the screws off the plug's cover with a screwdriver. You will see three different coloured cables. The colours will be brown, blue, and green/yellow. If it is an older device (e.g. a lamp), the colours may be red, black, and green. You can see that the cables are held in to a hole in each pin by a screw, so simply get your screwdriver and untighten and remove the screws to remove the cables. Open the cover of the new plug, and attach each cable to their pins. Facing...