How to Become an Electrician in the UK

Do you love gadgets? Do you find yourself opening up electronics and figuring out their circuitry? Are you the first person your relatives call when they have an electrical fault? Perhaps you need to turn this passion into a profession. There is no better way to earn a living than doing what you love. This article was written by myself Brenden, I started out over 20 years ago as a local electrician in Sunderland, read more here. 

So, today we are introducing you to the world of electricians. Below is what it takes to become a successful electrician in the UK.

An electrician at work

Qualities of someone bound to become a great electrician

A career as an electrician is not for everybody. So before you embark on this career, you should examine yourself and see whether you have the qualities listed below;

  • Good with practical skills.
  • Highly organised – both with people and work.
  • Ability to solve problems quickly and easily.
  • Flexibility – rarely will you find a similar problem or customer.
  • Soft skills – ability to work with teams.
  • Great communication skills – both written and spoken.
  • Ability to interpret technical drawings such as blueprints and wiring
  • Not afraid to work in closed spaces and high places.
  • Ability to work in any weather.

Training an electrician

To train as an electrician, you need to be clear what you want to. In class, you will do an average of 2,000 hours where you will learn such things as electrical theory, interpretation of wiring blueprints, safety and first aid, electrical codes, mathematics and so on. The course is so wide that you cannot be an expert in everything. Below we have listed some of the most popular branches of becoming an electrician:

  • Domestic Electrical Installer
  • Domestic Electrical Solar PV Installer
  • PAT Domestic Installer
  • Inspection & Testing
  • Science of Electro Technology
  • Electrical NVQ Assessment
  • Renewable Awareness Course
  • Commercial Electrical Installer

Expected incomes from the profession

The following data has been extracted from It gives an average earning of an electrician in the UK. It is however important to note that different places have different rates. The fig. below just captures the national average.

Hourly Rate £7.75 – £16.18
Hourly Tips An average of £1.70
Over time pay £9.75 – £23.03
Average Annual Pay £15,687 – £36,066

Work environment and hours

As an electrician, expect to work in adverse weather, unstable building, closed spaces and potentially dangerous areas. You have to know that you will be working with electricity and therefore safety and precautions are absolutely important. The average electrician works about 37.5 to 40 hours every week. If you have any physical disabilities, this profession may not be suitable for you due to the physical nature of the work that you do.

An electrician’s place of work will range from construction sites to factories to domestic residences. Their work is strenuous as it will involve climbing, heavy lifting, kneeling for long periods, managing cumbersome conduits etc. The risk involved in this profession include electrical shocks, falls from high ceilings, cuts etc.

You should also note that sometimes electrician will have to travel long distances to their work sites. In some cases, they will camp onsite until the project is complete. If you work for a big company, you would normally work 8 hour shifts.

The sort of work electricians do

To become an electrician, you will not only need to attend college and get your diplomas, but also work under supervision during what is known as apprenticeship. Sometimes, this apprenticeship will be paid and will last a period of 2 to 3 years. At first, you will be given the low risk tasks such as fixing the conduits and drilling holes. Later you will graduate to fixing switches, fabrications, wire testing, and switches. After enough experience, you will in charge of the overall project. You will be expected to come up with wiring blue prints, project estimates, etc.

In some cases, an electrician will be trained on more specialised electrical work such as operating and fixing lifts and cranes, fire alarm systems, soldering, and many more.

Electrical industry bodies

  • City & Guilds – This is an examination body.
  • National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC)
  • IET Centre of Excellence (Institute of Engineering and Technology)
  • Electrical Contractors Association (ECA)
  • Electro technical Certification Scheme (ECS)
  • National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT)
  • Electrical Safety Council (ESC)
  • EAL
  • BPEC
  • ELC
  • ISO 9001
  • Renewable Energy Association (REA)

A career as an electrician is a highly rewarding career for those who take their time and learn the best practices. Many electricians end up opening their own company where the financial rewards are uncapped.

121 Hacks On How To Save Electricity At Home And Slash Your Electricity Bill

121 Ways How To Save Electricity At Home And Slash Your Energy Bill

121 Hacks On How To Save Electricity At Home And Slash Your Energy Bill

We are all looking to make money and save money!

It’s what seems to make the world go around nowadays, there are many ways to save a few quid here and there and as a fully qualified electrician I can tell you right now, the waste in electricity at home is burning a big hole in your pocket.

With over 20 years of dealing with commercial and domestic electrics I can say for a certainty there are savings to be made and big savings at that.

Learning how to save electricity at home is a sure fire way to stop wasting money, these little wins will sharp add up and become considerable savings over time.

Let dive in and take a look at my 121 ways to save money on your electricity bill.

Free bonus: Download this entire list as a PDF. Save the PDF and return to it later for inspiration on more electricity money saving ideas.

Ways to Save Electricity At Home and Everyday

1. Have a Day in the Kitchen

If you’re going to use the oven, bake a few meals at a time to get the most out of having your oven on. Batch cook your meals for the week and freeze them in portions. Not only do you have home cooked meals for every day of the week you are saving electricity too.

2. Make Things Easy For Your Fridge Freezer

Make Things Easy For Your Fridge Freezer

Leading on from the last power saving tip – Keeping them full means they don’t have to work as hard and therefore they use less energy. Empty space in your fridge or freezer wastes not only space but energy too.

3. Heat Up Your Home With Your Cooking

After you have finished cooking, leave the oven door open to heat your kitchen. My Grandma always dries her tea-towel on there too! The oven might give off enough heat for you to adjust your thermostat, a far more energy efficient use of that stored heat.

4. Use The Sun To Air Your Clothes

Use The Sun To Air Your Clothes

Lay your clothes in the sun by a window to air your clothes instead of finishing them off in a drier or holing them up in an airing cupboard – A great way to save on money on your electric bill.

5. Let The Dishwasher Do The Dirty Work

Avoid pre-rinsing the dishes in hot water. Scrape the dishes and plates into the bin and you could save money on your water bills too, double the saving on your bills.

6. Invest In A Washing-Up Bowl

Use a bowl to wash up rather than a running tap and save £30 a year in energy bills, this also helps in keeping the water bill down.

7. It’s AnOldy But Goody

Only fill the kettle with the amount of water that you need. Why waste all that energy boiling all that water that is just going to cool down and not be used.

8. Is It Dirty Or Could It Do Another Wear?

Cutback your washing machine use by just one cycle per week and save ££ a year in conservation.

9. Could Do With A Quick Freshen Up?

A Great saving idea is if your clothes need a freshen up, why not use the ‘quick’ cycle? That should be enough to freshen your clothes up without wasting all of the energy on the long cycle.

10. Switch To LED’s

LED bulbs

LED bulbs are bright enough to replace your halogens now, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (CFL’s). They are now produced in all the shapes and sizes you need and use approximately 10 % of the of a standard – Fantastic power saving devices.

11. Multiply The Saving

Over the lifetime of your LED lights they should save you around £55. Times that by the number of lights in your house and you are looking at a reducing your electricity bill significantly. Big up to the energy efficiency products!

12. Drip, Drip, Drip

Fixing a dripping tap could save a small fortune in energy – at may not seem a lot but over a week or month the waste starts to add up.

13. Treat Yourself!!

halogen oven

Invest in a halogen oven. Did you know it can roast a chicken in half an hour?! That’s a quarter of the time an oven takes AND it uses 75% less than a conventional oven – Imagine the savings to be made!

14. Mood Lighting?

Install dimmer switches on your lights and by just dimming the lights by 10% you can double its life span – that sort of saving will certainly lift your mood!

15. Motion Sensors

Install motion sensors on outdoor lights so that you aren’t wasting electricity when the lights aren’t needed – An easy way of conserving electricity.

16. Get Decorating!

A great idea for increasing illumination is to decorate with pale colours. This means you can use lower energy bulbs and still get the same levels of illumination.

17. Don’t Think Big

Think about the fashionable American fridges – Is it really necessary for your house hold of 1 or 2? It probably isn’t. Downsize to a smaller and more economical version, an easy choice to make to save on electricity.

18. Give Yourself A Break!

Let the dishwasher do the dishes – they use lots less energy than washing the same amount of dishes by hand. They use a small amount of water and the temperature is normally much lower too – Remember to put them on the ECO setting first to maximise those electricity savings.

19. This will save you money

rechargeable battery

Recycle all of your throw-away batteries and opt for the more eco-friendly rechargeable batteries. It may use more of your personal electric but overall it is better on your pocket and the environment. Save electricity, save the environment.

20. Warm It Up To Cool It Down - Defrost The Freezer

Regularly defrost your freezer as the less build up the more efficiently the freezer will run and therefore saving you electricity. A fab way to save electricity at home.

21. Invest In New Tech

Upgrading to a new LCD/ LED TV will save money as they are much more economical than the old CRT models – even the relatively new plasma TV’s are energy wasters compared to LCD. An exciting way to reduce electricity consumption.

22. Drying Clothes

A great tip is to use a heated airer for drying clothes in doors. They only cost approx. 5p per hour to run compared to a guzzling tumble drier. Don’t forget to use in a well ventilated area – you don’t want problems with condensation.

23. Power Down!

Using power strips or socket extension leads to make it easier to switch off multiple devices or appliances at once – saving the power from the vampires. Stand-by is a no-no for power savers!

24. You Spin Me Right Round, Baby, Right Round…

If you MUST use your tumble drier, you can make sure that your washing machine has done some of the work for you by ensuring that it has gone through the most effective spin to get the clothes as dry as possible before putting them in the drier.

25. Always Buy Efficient

energy ratings on appliances

Look at the energy ratings on the appliances you buy – the closer to A rating, the better. This could save you up to £90 per year in electricity.

26. Apply For A Grant

If you are doing home improvements, you can apply for an Energy Saving Grant or Energy Efficiency Grant from and the Government to help you with the cost. They can also help with home energy management.

Saving Tips With Kids

27. No Baths, Please

kids to take short shower

Get the kids to take short showers instead of big deep baths. It’s a quick win that will not only save energy it will also impact on your water bill.

28. Open The Blinds

Teach your children to open their curtains or blinds in the morning instaed of opting for the light switch – natural lighjt will wake them up better too.

29. Keep the Fridge Door Closed

If your kids are like mine, they are in the fridge scavenging for snacks every 5 minutes, it seems! Every time the door is opened about 1/3 of the cold air rushes out and the fridge has to work hard to bring the temperature back down.

30. Blackpool Illuminations?

I am sure you have said it – or something like it. Try to get the kids involved in turning off the lights after they have used them. Even ask them to check up on other adults that might do it. Lighting is a major source of your electricity bill and we don’t need unnecessary extras!

31. Turn The Water Off While Brushing Your Teeth

Turn The Water Off While Brushing Your Teeth

This is a great one to involve the kids in as they do it twice a day – teach them this way from the start and they will be little energy savers all their lives saving water and electricity!

32. Make It A Game

A great way to get the kids involved is to make energy saving fun. Ask the kids to try and spot they areas of the home where energy is being wasted and where lights or appliances have been left on.

33. Have A Switched Off Evening

Have A Switched Off Evening

As a family try to commit to having one night a week away from the TV, IPad, Phone. It is great for the environment and saving electricity but it also teaches the kids a lesson in tech detoxing.

34. Spend the evening doing crafts, homework or play board games

A great way to have quality family time.

35. Don’t forget about those vampires on stand-by

Turn everything off at the wall.

36. Teach Your Children Where Energy Comes From

It is always learning as a family. Teaching the kids where the energy they use comes from and how important it is to save it. Explain to them about fossil fuels running out and the alternatives that we now are left with. They are more likely to help out if they understand a bit more.

37. Draughty?

A great power saving task for kids to help out with – as them to go around the windows and doors holding up a piece of ribbon to see if there are any draughts. Ask them to come and tell you when they have finished and you can get on with the draught-proofing.

38. Limit Time Online

Have limits on time spent online. The less time the kids are online; the less power their devices are guzzling.

39. Children That Help With Household Tasks

children that helps household tasks

Teach your child about saving energy while they help around the house. If you have an older child you can teach them how to conserve electricity by only turning on the dishwasher once it has a full load. Teach them about cold water washes on the washing machine too.

40. Give Them Some Responsibility.

For older children that spend time on their tablets you can download apps for them that monitor the usage of energy in the home and teaches them the value of using alternative energy sources.

Teach them how to read the meter and submit them online. If everyone is involved in saving energy, you have a greater chance of making a difference.

41. Upgrade Their Gear

This will be a very popular option for the kids but it’s true that newer models use less power and take less time to charge etc..

…Remember to recycle or eBay all of your used electrical items – never just throw them away.

42. Get Back To Nature

get children plant a tree

Get children to help you plant a few trees in your garden. As the trees grow, they’ll provide shade for the house in the summer and they’ll create a barrier against cold winds during the winter. They will love watching the tree they planted grow!

43. Get Out Of The House!!!

Whatever the weather, use free museums/ libraries for fun activities for the kids and use their gas and electric! Or the park if it’s nice – remember, don’t forget your picnic and bottles of water

How To Save In The Summer

44. Line Dried Is Best

Line Dried Is Best

Hang up your washing to dry when the weather is nice. Line-dry your washing rather than tumble drying it, particularly if there’s warm or windy weather. What’s more nothing smells better than clothes dried on the line – An eco-friendly way to save money at home.

45. Embrace The Beach Waves!

Skip the energy-guzzling hair dryer, straighteners or tongs. Just wash and go: the warm summer breeze will take care of the rest. You can get some great products to work into your hair to help with the tousled look.

46. Put The Clothes Horse By An Open Window

How to save money on electricity when you have no outdoor space? If you have no outdoor space put your clothes horse by a window on sunny days to utilise the suns warmth.

47. If you do have to use the dryer, you use tumble dryer balls to reduce drying time.

48. Get Back To Your Roots…

When mowing the lawn! Why use a gas- or electricity-guzzling power mower when you could push a quiet, zero-energy-using reel mower. Modern mowers don’t even need their blades sharpened. Oh, and think of the calories burned!

49. Flame Grill Your Food

Don’t spend those sunny days sweating in the kitchen. If its nice outside, don’t use electric and energy inside – crack open the BBQ and flame grill your food!

50. In Fact, Why Cook At All?

A nutritious and healthy salad can help you save on running multiple cooking appliances such as ovens, microwaves and hobs. Plenty of energy saved!

51. Take Your Entertaining Outdoors

This is a very pleasant way to reduce your electricity bill. Why eat indoors (and use extra lighting and energy), when you could dine al fresco, using the suns light and warmth.

52. Get Out More!

The nice weather should automatically push you outside to enjoy the outdoor world, therefore naturally reducing your electricity consumption!

53. Get Rid Of The Drinks Fridge

Bin the spare drinks fridge that you might keep in the garage. A hot summer/ efficient fridge combo is a recipe for money

54. Plant Deciduous Trees

Planting deciduous trees particularly on the South and West of your property will add shade during the summer months and as autumn comes the leaves will shed returning the sunlight for the colder months.

55. Go Solar

solar powered lights

Use solar powered lights to light up your garden and make it look beautiful – no costs involved! Garden solar powered lights are highly efficient and contain solar cells that convert the suns energy and is stored then used as it gets dark. No cables, extension leads just a beautiful and energy efficient garden that saves on electricity.

Energy Efficiency In The Winter

56. Let The Sunlight In

If you feel like the sun has abandonedyou over the winter open the blinds wide and let the light in to save your precious electricity.

57. Open curtains and other windows

Especially on your west-and south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and save anywhere from 2-12 percent by harnessing the suns warmth.

58. Use LED Fairy Lights To Decorate For Christmas

LED lights

Led lights don’t emit as much heat and therefore saving loads of electricity! Yey! They are also tougher and break less easily.
Remember to always turn them off when you aren’t using them because they still draw power even when they aren’t in use.

59. Get Into Draught Proofing

Unless your home is brand new, you will more than likely lose some heat through draughts around doors and windows, gaps around the floor, or through the chimney. It would cost around £200 to have your home professionally draught proofed but could save you around £30 a year in energy costs and less effort than many energy efficiency solutions.

60. Only Heat The Rooms You Use

It is a controversial one, but only heat the rooms you use. It all depends on your house, to be honest. If you have large storage areas or guest rooms that aren’t being used turn off the radiators in those rooms and close the doors.

61. Give Yourself An Energy Audit

Before the weather starts to get cold use a spot thermometer or arrange for a professional to come out and do it for you. This will determine where in the home might need a bit of attention to keep your home energy efficient

62. Bundle Up With Warm Accessories

This is one of the easiest ways to save on your energy bill. Instead of turning the heat up, put on a cosy winter jumper and snuggly socks.
Use beautiful warm throws in your living room and on your bed.

63. Cover Your Bare Floors

Adorn your home with beautiful wool rugs and carpets. Rugs and carpets on bare floors help keep the warm in too.

64. Adjust Your Doors

Adjust your doors so that they close/ seal more tightly and preventing all of the warm air escaping

65. Buy A Chimney Balloon

Keep warm air from escaping up the chimney using a chimney balloon – saving energy from escaping up your chimney.

66. Insulate The Loft Door Access

It is sometimes forgotten about but it can be a major source of energy loss – a great tip on saving power

How To Save Money At Home On Electric And Gas

67. The Position Of Your Thermostat

Don’t have the thermostat beside your door as it is not a true reading of the temperature of the rest of the house and you’ll be using excess energy

68. Eliminate Drafts Around Electrical Boxes

There are certain places we can look to save more energy in the home other than the obvious. Check around electrical boxes and eliminate the draught as you find them.

69. Plug Holes in Exterior Walls

Same idea as above, have a look around the exterior of the house and block up any non-essential holes.

70. Check Your Windows

Hold up a piece of ribbon by the the windows to check if they need draught proofing. Replace any obviously damaged or worn sealant around the windows using a silicon gun, this will prevent warm air escaping from the seals.

71. Clingfilm Your Windows And Doors


Yes, I said Clingfilm your windows and doors. By providing a second barrier to heat transfer, it creates a very basic – and inexpensive – ‘double glazing’ system. The film also has the potential to stop drafts coming into the home through poorly-fitting windows, making the room feel warmer.

72. Invest In A Humidifier

A humidifier will add moisture to the air making it feel warmer and retain the heat better.

73. A low cost way would be to use particular houseplants that are known for increasing humidity.

Quick Win/ No Cost Ways To Save Money At Home

74. Ditch The Oven

Use the microwave instead of the oven for cooking your meals. You’ll save a fortune in electricity as the amount of energy used to power your microwave is nothing compared to heating up your oven AND it takes less time. It’s a win-win situation!

75. Turn It Off

A cracking (no pun intended) tip for saving electricity at home is using the residual heat on a hob and in your pots and pans is a very under used tip. When boiling and egg, bring the water to the boil and switch the hob off and leave for 5 minutes for soft or 7 minutes for hard. This is for a gas ring – it is even less for an electric hob!

76. Remember – You must leave the lid on!

77. Turn It Down

Set your home’s thermostat a few degrees lower. For each one-degree change, your family can save up to 5 percent on your home’s energy bills! Wow, I bet I wouldn’t even notice a one-degree change – would you or your family? Give it a go!

78. Be Time Smart

Use machines like washers, dryers, and dishwashers in off peak times. You may be on an off peak tariff where using electricity at certain times is cheaper – If so, this tip could save you £££

79. Get Cosy!

Wearing more jumpers, socks and slippers around the house, and putting an extra blanket on the bed means you won’t be tempted to turn the heating up – Any excuse to buy more accessories!

80. Check The Pressure

When your shower uses more energy and water than a bath. Turn down the pressure on your power shower and you could see this being an easy way to reduce your electricity bill. A high-pressure power shower is a great luxury to have but you’d be surprised how much water and energy they use.

81. Easy Ways To Save Electricity? Do A Tariff Check

Make sure you are on the correct tariff. Use companies like USwitch to make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff for you. It only takes a few minutes, they do all the paperwork for you and you could save up to £458 per year. That’s just under £40 per month for ten minutes’ work!

82. Switch It Off And Save

It’s the ultimate power saver and it’s simple – unplug all the appliances that you aren’t using regularly – even chargers continue to use electricity when they aren’t charging anything.
Don’t leave anything on stand-by as this wastes phantom power.

83. Save Yourself Ironing Time…and Electricity! This is a total no-brainer.

Take your clothes out of the dryer before they’re completely dry – they’ll iron much quicker and you’ll use less energy on your drier.

84. Shrink Your Bills Not Your Clothes!

90% of a washing machine’s energy expenditure is spent on heating the water, so if you wash your clothes at a cooler temperature you’re saving significant amounts of money.

85. Keep A Lid On It!

Keep the lid on the pan when boiling water – doing so will trap heat in the pan requiring less energy to bring the liquid to a boil…it will also boil faster. This tip is courtesy of my Mum who has always done this…even before it was cool to save electricity.

86. Residual Heat

Turn off oven a few minutes before food is finished cooking – the retained heat will finish off the food saving you money and energy. This is particularly good to know during the warmer summer months when turning the oven off early means the kitchen can cool down a bit more quickly.

87. Get Your Dusters Out!


Did you know that dust that settles on light bulbs and fixtures can obscure the light by up to 25%?! That’s a quarter of the energy you are paying for being wasted.

88. Lower The Temperature On Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers with heaters will let you lower the water temperature the dishes are washed at,the dishwasher tablets we use work well using lower temperatures. Remember – lower temperatures = savings on electricity.

89. And Your Washing Machine

While we are on the subject, wash clothes on a cold or cool wash. Detergents not work just as well on low temps – and will save you tonnes of electricity too

90. Clean the Filter

Don’t forget to clean the lint out our your drier – it’ll be more efficient and reduced the risk of a fire too. We would recommend after every use giver the filter a little clean, but as often as possible to optimise the energy you use

91. Get Smart

Get a Smart Meter fitted – they are free by most energy companies and They come with a smart energy monitor that shows you how much energy you’re using in pounds and pence, as you use it. Brilliant for saving electricity in the home.

92. Kettles…


Don’t boil more water than you need in your kettle. Easy way to do it is to fill the cup you are using with water, throw that amount of water in the kettle and easy – you have the perfect amount boiled. No wasting energy!

93. Also, make sure you are free of lime scale – this can also have an effect on efficiency.

94. Shut Windows During Winter

This may seem a bit obvious but, it’s a wonderful way to save money around the house, if the heating is on and you are letting all the hot air escape straight out of the window then you are wasting energy and money!

95. Open Your Windows

Open windows instead of using the extractor fan while cooking – no electricity used, no cost!

96. Stock Up Your Freezer

Fill your freezer up – it uses less energy since the frozen food won’t warm up when the door is opened. If the freezer is empty, then all the space will fill up with warm air when the door is opened, which the freezer needs to work hard to cool down when the door is shut again.

97. Get The Vacuum Out

A brilliant tip on maximising the efficiency of your fridge is to vacuum the coils on the back of the fridge. These coils cool and condense the refrigerant and get clogged up with dust and dirt making it work harder and therefore using excess energy. It will also extend the life of your refrigerator. Try and do this once a year to make it really effective

98. Little Pan – Little Hob

little pan - little hob

Try and match the size of the hob to the right pot or pan – putting a small pan on a huge burner or electric hob will just waste energy..

99. Put A Plug In It

Fill the sink with hot water before you shave or wash your face. Using a sink full rather than a running tap is better because you will use significantly less energy. A zero cost power saving device!

100. Turn The TV OffAnd Improve Energy Efficiency

Watch less television – read a book instead! Reading a book is proven to be more relaxing than watching TV and a book doesn’t require electricity to run. (Unless it is a Kindle…No need to be a clever clogs!)

101. It’s a Glass Act

Use glass and ceramic dishes if cooking in the oven, they retain heat better and mean that you can use a slightly lower temperature to cook food and save yourself a load of electricity and cheaper than most energy efficiency appliances!

102. No Peeping

Resist the urge to peep in the oven to see if the food is cooking (especially your Yorkshire Puddings!) and letting all that expensive hot air escaping. Try to use the window in the oven instead.

103. Same With The Fridge

In the same vein as the above try to avoid opening the fridge or freezer to browse – every time you do, the appliance will need to fire up to cool down the air again.

104. No Hot Food In The Fridge

Allow cooked food to cool before putting it in the fridge / freezer, otherwise the fridge / freezer will have to work much harder and use more electricity to cool it down.

105. Turn The Brightness DownAnd Save Electric

Dim the brightness on your smart phone, it will use less energy so you won’t need to charge it so much (especially important if you have an IPhone

106. Also, turn off the Bluetooth/ 4G etc – this will extend your charge too.

107. Think About Where You Put Your Lamps

Place your lamp in the corner of the room – It will be brighter because of the refection off the two walls.

108. Use More Lamps

Use task lighting over your work bench or desk to save electricity on illuminating a full room is a brill way to reduce electricity consumption.

109. Fridge Location Matters!

Ensure that your fridge is out of direct sunlight and that it is not close to the oven. If possible, place the fridge against an outside wall so that the heat that it generates can escape easily. Make sure there are a few inches around the it free so air can circulate making it run more efficiently.

110. Help The Fridge Help Itself

A fabulously frugal tip is to defrost your food in the fridge, as it thaws it helps keep the fridge cooler using less energy. Simples!
It is probably a good time to remind you never to put hot or warm food in the fridge to cool down. It dramatically increases the temperature in the fridge and uses lots of energy trying to cool it down again. Leave the covered food on the bench until it has reached room temperature and then refrigerate it.

Saving Electricity – Best Left To The Professionals

111. Micro Wind Turbine

micro wind turbine

Having your own wind turbine installed in your home could save you or even make you some money. Depending on the right location you can either have the turbine hooked up to the grid to sell your power or have it stand alone for your own use.

112. Hydro Technology

Depending on you where you live it’s possible to harness the power of moving water. If you live by a stream or river, it is possible to have a micro hydroelectricity system installed. It’s all dependant on your site suitability though.

113. Solar panels

solar pannels

Solar panels are a much more common way to save on electricity, especially if your house had a South/ West facing roof. The Government incentives have changed but you can still get some grants or getting them installed privately and selling back to the grid could possibly make you a tidy sum.Abrilliant idea for and energy efficancy programme.

114. Voltage Optimisation Device

This is a bit of a marmite tip, some people think they are a great idea but others think they don’t make that much difference – It’s up to you, I suppose!
They are supposed to clean/optimise the power that your home uses. Allowing appliances to run off a lower voltage and therefore saving money on electricity. They are pretty pricey to install so do your research first!

115. Upgrade Your Thermostat

Now thermostats can do so much more, not just a simple dial – on or off. You can now remotely control the energy in your home. It also can split your home into ‘zones’ for maximum energy efficiency.

116. Underfloor Insulation

Insulating the floor in-between your basement or cellar could save you ££ in energy. Although it is often overlooked it is an energy loss hot (or cold) spot.

117. Cavity Wall Insulation

cavity wall insulation

You will find that cavity wall insulation will give you a massive reduction in energy bills. There is also government grants that often mean the cost to you is zero. You can’t lose!

118. Insulate Your Hot Water Pipes

Insulating your hot water pipes should save about 4 degrees in temperature loss meaning you can turn down the thermostat and save yourself some money. You can do it yourself at a push, but it is a service that professionals offer.

119. Loft Insulation

Another great no-cost thing to do as the Government often have a grant on performing loft insulation in homes. It should save you approximately £140 per year as you know – heat rises and if there’s nothing to keep it in your home it will escape into the air and will end up costing you a small fortune.

120. Get Rid Of Your Immersion Heater

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Immersion heaters are not the most efficient way of heating your water. They use lots of electricity and often heat up the water and the water is never used so it works out to be very inefficient.

121. Maintain Your Systems

It is very important to maintain any system you have properly. A poorly maintained system can be inefficient and could end up costing money and energy unnecessarily.


Hi, Bren again!

I hope that you have enjoyed reading my top tips for saving electricity at home and that it has helped you to be able to make some changes to save electricity/ energy and lower your bills.

I would love to see if there was anything I missed or if you have a tip that you think I should have included, whether it be helping reduce electricity consumption or different ways of saving electricity – Get in touch! We would love to hear from you.

Here at Caztec we have our favourites and they are all different. I particularly like the tips on using residual heat to finish off cooking your food in the oven – It is just a win-win situation that saves money and energy. I also love the summer tips on eating outside and flame-grilling your food – I think that is just my love of barbeques though and anything food related!
The girls in the office are going to try ditching their hair-driers and straighteners in the summer months to save on electricity and embrace their wavy beach hair too – That will probably be about 3 days of the year considering the weather we get in Sunderland!

This is also great information to share with your friends, so, if you think there are a few worthy energy efficiency tips on here share it on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest – Remember, Sharing is Caring 

Thanks again for reading – Bren@Caztec

5 Pro Tips To Hiring An Approved Electrician

Where To Find The Best Electricians

The contact details to a whole host of electricians and contractors in the North East is easily accessible at the click of a button. A quick Google search and the numbers and email addresses of all local electricians are at your fingertips. This is all well and good, however how do you know that the electrician you’re contacting is of quality and will carry out the repairs to the highest standard?

Where To Start

It may seem like a really obvious starting point but start by asking friends and family about the electricians they have used in the past and would recommend. If you ask any good electrician where they get the majority of enquiries from it would be via customers recommending their services to their friends and family. One thing to be wary of here is to always double check that the electrician is a fully qualified/ registered and not just a friend of a friend who has dabbled with electrical repairs from time to time.

What To Remember

Before verbally agreeing to have any work carried out on your property it is important to get a written quote for the scope of works once the repair/installation has been fully inspected. Make sure when you invite an electrician round to provide you with a quote that you are fully comfortable with them being in your property. Do they seem trustworthy? Are they answering your questions sufficiently? Here at Caztec we pride ourselves on making our customers feel as comfortable as possible ensuring we put any concerns at ease by answering questions in the simplest way possible.

Most Approved Sparks Will Provide This

Make sure before the work commences and you’re getting all the quotes together that you ask potential electricians to see previous work. Any good electrician would be happy to provide you with a portfolio of previous work to demonstrate that they carry out repairs and installations to the highest standard. If an electrician gets awkward about providing examples of previous work, alarm bells should start ringing.

approved electrician tipsOnce you have agreed for the work to be carried out, make sure that your lines of communication are clear and that they are contactable at all times. It is no use hiring someone who is not contactable, doesn’t turn up and disappears off the face of the earth once they have your money. At Caztec it is policy that our team are contactable 24/7, on hand for all your electrical needs.

5 Tips To Hiring Approved Electrical Services

  1. Go off recommendations- if you’re family and friends would recommend them to you then you are on to something good. Always check
  2. Get a written quote following a visit to the property so that the scope of work is clearly detailed and you feel comfortable with the person who will be carrying out the repair/installation
  3. Make sure you see previous work- a good electrician should keep a portfolio of all their work
  4. Make sure contact is regular and consistent. A good electrician will be easily contactable and open to communication with their customers.
  5. And finally, why not just hire Caztec to carry out your electrical repairs. That way, you are always guaranteed reliable contractors from electricians working to the highest standard.




Why You Should Never Attempt a Home Electrical Repair

In an age where online video tutorials can teach you how to pretty much do anything, it’s all too tempting for the internet to be the first port of call when something goes wrong around the house. There’s nothing more satisfying than admiring your own handiwork and with a step by step tutorial at your fingertips, how hard can it be?

Caztec-fixing-electrical-faults-in-Durham-homeThe reality is, attempting some home DIY such as an electrical repair can be extremely dangerous, not only to your home, but to your health as well.

A minor risk is that the repair will be carried out incorrectly and you’ll be left without any electricity, in-turn having to fork out for an electrician to come and fix your mistakes. But what’s far worse is that a single error could result in a major non-compliance, a serious house fire or an electric shock causing severe injury or death.

It’s a common misconception that the domestic voltage running through household electrical wires isn’t enough to kill. This is not correct. The line from the transformer to your home is about 240 volts and if there is a fault in this line, it may well be carrying a lot more power than that. More than enough power to kill, that’s for sure!

Faulty and aging wire is one of the major causes of electrical fires in the home. In 2013-14 there were 39,000 house fires in the UK, with the main cause of accidental house fires being the misuse of electrical equipment and appliances. (

Although some people may feel comfortable changing a simple light fitting or fuse it’s one thing to flip a fuse switch to the power in your home on or off, but another to attempt to repair complex faulty wiring or any other major electrical work without the knowledge and expertise of a trained professional.

In addition to this there are regular checks that can be carried out on your appliances to help prevent accidents much earlier on:

  • Check the RCD (residual-current device) button on the consumer unit on a regular basis.
  • Check that all the electrical appliances in your property have the correctly rated fuses in your plug tops.
  • Check all appliance flexes and leads for damage, we strongly advise replacing any damaged cables immediately.
  • Regularly check plugs for burn marks, feeling hot and unusual sounds such as buzzing or crackling.

If in doubt, leave it to the professionals. Any repairs involving electricity should be approached with extreme caution. All good electricians are fully equipped with the right tools, are fully qualified and have spent years learning how to recognise where a fault may lie. An approved electrical installer knows what a proper repair should look like.They will also have all the most up to date health and safety training and use protective equipment, thus ensuring the job is carried out in the safest of environments.

If you’re having electrical problems or have any concerns about your electrical installation and want expert advice, then contact one of our highly trained staff, who will be happy to discuss your needs.