Electrical Safety Council

Electrical Safety Council

In 2014 the Electrical Safety Council changed its name to Electrical Safety First. This organisation is a registered charity formed to reduce the number of electrical accidents in UK homes. The organisation has representatives on important UK and EU committees that create the regulations for electricity...
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5 Skills for Beginners

5 Skills for Beginners

Getting the keys to your first home isn’t the end of the journey, it is just the beginning. Whether you are moving into a brand new house or one that has been loved and lived in, there will be jobs which need to be done. Here are 5 DIY skills that will come in handy ...
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Kitchens and Carbon

Kitchens and Carbon

A really interesting and positive diagram showing how far our kitchens have come in the fight against carbon emissions and what we can do to make it even better (40% of household energy consumption comes from our kitchens!).
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BTU – Heating Maths

BTU – Heating Maths

OK so its deepest darkest February and the weather this year is even worse than normal.  So it’s a good time for us to release an article on heating.  Did you know there is a system to calculate how much heat a room needs?  Its called a BTU or British Thermal Unit. Once you have ...
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Win a Dremel MM40 toolkit

Win a Dremel MM40 toolkit

For novice DIY’ers it can be very frustrating when you realise you don’t have the right tool to complete a job or do it quickly. It can seem like you need a shed full of kit before you can complete the simplest of jobs which is prohibitively expensive and gives you a storage problem. Dremel...
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Christmas Crafts

Christmas Crafts

Christmas can be very expensive.  What not save money on decorations and gifts while providing some fun for your family or friends? Here are a few very simple craft ideas that you can get your teeth into over the Christmas holidays. All of them are very simple so you don’t need specialist kit or m...
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Garage Door Security

Garage Door Security

2013 has seen large numbers of local police forces issuing warnings to residents about garage security. Bikes, power tools and temporary storage of things like Christmas Gifts can all make our garages a tempting target for thieves. This combined with the economic situation has meant levels of garage the...
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How To Wire A Plug

How To Wire A Plug

There will be a single power cable that leaves each of your electrical appliances and ends with a plug. This cable is actually composed of three separate wires individually wrapped in a different coloured plastic. These three inner wires are then tightly wrapped together inside a single white or black p...
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Electricity For Dummies

Electricity For Dummies

Electricity is a pretty dangerous thing however we all have lots of it coursing through our homes and we use it perfectly safely. This is because of several design features built into our homes that alert us to faults and protect us from their effects. Essential parts of this safety system include the p...
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Fuses

Fuses

When electricity passes through a wire it wastes a part of the energy it carries by creating heat.  Electrical wires get hot.  If too much electricity flows then wires can get very hot and melt. If a wire or appliance is supplied with too much electricity its parts may not be able to withstand the ...
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DIY Vertical Gardens

DIY Vertical Gardens

Vertical gardens are very trendy at the moment and they are being installed all over the world in fantastical large buildings. It’s a great idea – cover an ugly vertical wall and make it a feature. If you choose the right plants the wall can produce scent, herbs and veg. Most of the projects...
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