Useful Resources

What you need to know about Arc Fault Detection Devices (AFDD’s)

What you need to know about AFDD’s New to the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations is the recommendation of AFDD’s. We have put together a complete guide to help you better understand what an AFDD is, why and if you need one, how they work and the different types available for domestic dwellings. What is an […]

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Complete Guide to Fire Alarms for your Home

Complete Guide to Fire Alarms for your Home Fire alarms, also known as smoke alarms, are devices which detect fire, smoke and heat and then sound an alarm as a warning. They can be fitted to either the ceiling or a wall and allow you extra time to escape. Without a fire alarm fitted in […]

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Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR): what you need to know

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR): what you need to know Otherwise known as landlord electrical certificate, EICR report, Periodic Inspection, or home condition reports. Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR’s) are important for any homeowner, landlord or tenant, to ensure the safety and condition of the electrical wiring in the property. If you’re not sure what […]

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Renewable Energy: The facts and how it works

Renewable Energy: The facts and how it works In 2017, 30% of our electricity came from renewable energy sources, a 5% increase from 2016. The demand is ever growing and more households are investing in their own green energy too. Find out more about renewable energy sources around the world, the UK’s largest renewable sites […]

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What effects do the different types of thermal insulation have on your electrical installation?

What effects do the different types of thermal insulation have on your electrical installation? BS7671 states that wherever possible, cables should be installed so as to avoid thermal insulation. However, due to the increasing use of thermal insulation in residential properties, to both reduce the cost of heating bills and to give a good energy […]

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Find the right trusted tradesmen scheme for you

Find the right trusted tradesmen scheme for you With the digital age now upon us, less and less people will flick through the yellow pages to find a tradesperson. Online tradespeople directories are thriving with tradespeople seeking work, with their profiles full of reviews and their 10 star ratings. But what can these trade directories […]

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Inside the Consumer Unit

Inside the consumer unit The electricity that powers your home has one source, the consumer unit (otherwise known as the fuse box), and it controls and distributes the power in your home through different circuits. In our third instalment of ‘Inside the Wiring’ we are looking inside the consumer unit and explaining what’s inside, as […]

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Van Security for Tradespeople: How to keep your van safe from thieves

Van Security for Tradespeople: How to keep your van safe from thieves Van security should be a top priority for tradespeople. With your tools and materials vulnerable inside your van and your livelihood depending on them, it’s important that your van is secure and protected from thieves. There has been a rising number of van […]

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best Electrician Apps

The Ultimate Guide to the Best Electrician Apps There is an app for everything in today’s advancing technology, and that includes apps for electricians, meaning you can spend more time on the job and less time worrying about accounts and invoices. There are a variety of electrician apps available, those that help you run your […]

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Inside the Socket

Inside the Socket Every home has sockets, whether they are used for kitchen appliances, gadgets or even lights. But what is inside a power socket? What makes them work? In our latest guide, we are looking inside a socket to find out how they work, modern socket designs available, dangers in the home and FAQs […]

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Inside the Lighting Circuit

Inside the Lighting Circuit In our new series, we are looking inside the circuit to find out what components make up a pendant lighting circuit, dangers to look out for and also answer common questions asked by homeowners and electricians. This resource focuses on common light fixtures and lighting switches found in the home. Please remember if […]

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How much electricity does your home use and what does it cost to run?

How much electricity does your home use and what does it cost to run? With the release of new smart meters, people have never been more conscious of the energy usage. It’s important to look at the expensive appliances in your home and see how you can try and save money. We have collated the […]

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How to apply for an ECS card from the JIB

How to apply for an ECS card from the JIB With so many cards and schemes available for electricians, it can often get a bit confusing. If you are looking to get an ECS card or have been asked for one by an employer and aren’t sure what it is, then take a read through […]

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How to boost your electrical business and save money

How to boost your electrical business and save money The electrical industry is now worth more than £16.6 billion, as reported by NICEIC, and the opportunities for work are growing at a staggering rate. We’re here to help you boost your electrical business and maximise on the opportunities out there waiting for you! According to […]

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UK Wiring Colours – The Old and the New

UK Wiring Colours – The Old and the New Have you checked the colours of the wiring in your home? Are you planning on rewiring your home or taking some electrician courses? Electrical wiring colours were changed in 2006 and it’s important to know what to look for. New vs Old Wiring Colours In 2006, […]

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Different electric cables around your home

Different electric cables around your home Around your home you will find a variety of electric cables that have all been installed with a different purpose in mind. From everyday electrical items to two way lighting switches, each cable is tailored to a specific use. Each cable carries an electrical current through your home and […]

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Indoor & Outdoor Christmas Decoration Ideas 2016

Indoor & Outdoor Christmas Decoration Ideas With the festive season finally arriving, the cold weather settling in and the Christmas adverts rolling on TV, it’s time to pull out your decorations and decorate your home! This year we’ve pulled together some Christmas decoration ideas to inspire you this festive season! Indoor Christmas Decoration Ideas If […]

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Shortage of Electricians in the UK

Shortage of Electricians in the UK Skilled trades are one of the most in demand job in the UK, yet employers are struggling to fill vacancies. The demand for electricians is far exceeding the supply, presenting the perfect opportunity for other skilled trades to add electrics to their business and capitalise on the demand. Electricians […]

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Children’s Electrical Safety

Children’s Electrical Safety Electrical dangers lurk in your home, whether you know it or not. From plug socket covers, no RCD protection, and overheating gadgets, it’s important to spot these hazards before they spark and cause harm to you and your family. Children are naturally inquisitive about what adults do, and it’s important we teach them the […]

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How do I join a Part P Scheme Provider and Become an NICEIC Domestic Installer

How to join a Part P scheme provider and become an NICEIC domestic installer Government Approved Part P scheme providers, like the NICEIC, are designed to make sure electricians are working to the current Building & Wiring Regulations and safety standards for domestic dwellings. By joining a Part P scheme provider, registered electricians are able to […]

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New EAL Qualifications Available

New EAL Qualifications Available We are the first electrical training centre to be delivering the brand new qualifications with EAL. EC4U wants to give its customers the choice of which qualification is best suited to them and their learning needs – City & Guilds or EAL!   Please feel free to share our ‘New EAL […]

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The Average Electrician Salary for 2017

The Average Electrician Salary for 2017 It’s important that after you have completed your electrical training, you know what an electrician can make in your area. Using statistics from JIB we can work out that the national average electrician salary is £30,500. This figure has been attained in accordance to all regional percentage differences of electrician […]

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Does my house need rewiring?

Does my house need rewiring? Rewiring a house has many factors to consider such as cost, how long it will take and how the work will affect your day-to-day life whilst the project is ongoing. To uncover what is involved during the rewiring of a home, we have compiled a guide to help answer any […]

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Life with no electricity

Life with no electricity Taking away electricity means rethinking your entire day and planning how you can function without the means of simply plugging something in. No electricity results in a complete loss of normality. We are exploring alternative energy sources, living off the grid and how life with no electricity impacts us, to make you think, […]

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Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About The World

Amazing Facts You Didn’t Know About the World Did you know that it once rained fish? The world is a weird and fascinating place and we have found some of the most interesting facts that you didn’t know! Check out the infographic below on the world we live in and learn something new today! Please […]

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Your Guide to Becoming Self Employed

Your Guide to Becoming Self Employed So you’ve got your qualifications and experience, it’s now time to set yourself up in business. We’ve put together this resource to guide you through the process of becoming self employed. Find out the benefits of being a sole trader or a limited company, and the downsides to each of […]

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How to do DIY electrics safely

How to do DIY electrics safely Over the last few months, we have tried to increase public awareness on safe electrics and the importance of hiring a registered electrician to carry out work in your home. However, we understand that homeowners have a right and will complete DIY work in their home. With the rising […]

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How to Spot Rogue Traders

How to Spot Rogue Traders We want to tell you how to spot a rogue trader and where you can find registered tradespeople who are skilled and qualified for the job. With more 1.5 million complaints made to Trading Standards last year, we want you to give you the confidence to hire a reputable tradesperson, […]

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The Complete Guide to LED Christmas Lights

The Complete Guide to LED Christmas Lights Christmas has arrived again, with lights being wrapped around homes all over the country, Christmas trees being chopped and families and friends making plans to celebrate together. To make sure your festive season is safe and that nothing comes between you & the turkey, we recommend following simple checks. Before […]

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Part P of the Building Regulations Explained to the Public

Part P of the Building Regulations Explained to the Public Did you know that Part P is the only legislation that protects homeowners from unsafe electrical installation work? Well neither does 86% of the public! We believe the government and scheme providers should have a duty of care to raise awareness on the importance on Part […]

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Shocking Electricity Statistics and Facts

Shocking Electricity Statistics and Facts Do you know what level of voltage can kill you? Well we have the answers! Check out these facts about electricity, from Google to New York to renewable energy, and learn something new today! New York the Electric City New York currently holds the record for most electrical firsts, with the […]

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Electrical Safety Guide for Landlords and Tenants

Electrical Safety Guide for Landlords and Tenants It’s extremely important to know that the property you are renting or the property you own as a landlord is electrically safe. With new regulations in England coming into force for smoke alarms and the staggering increase in category 1 hazard homes being rented out, it’s imperative to […]

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Electrician Awareness Guide for Homeowners

How much do you know about what electricians do? Are you aware of the regulations they must follow? Do you ask for proof before they carry out work in your home? Is your electrician registered with a government approved scheme? These are all important questions homeowners need to ask themselves when thinking about hiring an electrician to carry out work in their homes… Get all the answers with our Electricians Awareness Guide.

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What to look for when hiring an electrician

Hiring an electrician isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. A recent survey found that when hiring an electrician just 87% of customers look for an ID badge linking the tradesperson to a government-approved Part P scheme. This infographic looks at some of the things consumers should look for when hiring an electrician. References – Although […]

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Getting started as an electrician

Getting started as an electrician: 7 Useful Tips! If you are considering a future as an electrician our 7 top tips for getting started as a domestic electrician can help. Get qualified – You will require industry recognised qualifications to show that you are competent to undertake electrical installations. As a minimum you will need […]

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How to become an electrician

Find out the routes available to start your career as an electrician with our career guide outlining all the facts and courses available.

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