Electricity usage is one of the most important things in every home; but it doesn’t come without a cost, as other utilities do. The average household in the UK spends around £1,138, annually, on power and heating, when paying their gas and electric bills.  

So, the issue of electricity consumption and electric bills is worthy of being paid attention to as it takes a chunk out of one’s earnings.

It has been estimated that people consume energy mostly between 6pm-9pm at home with the peak being at 8pm. This is because; they are mostly at home, around this time.

Also, it has been discovered that electricity usage in a home rises in the morning, goes down during working hours, and rises back in the evening.

Now, electricity is vital in every home as it helps in heating, air conditioning, cooking, water supply, laundry, etc.

Why is my Electric Bill so High?

The bill you are charged for electricity usage monthly is dependent on several factors, such as your location, your property type, number of inhabitants in your house, number and types of gadgets used, tariff type, the season of the year, etc.

An increase in the number of people in a house would surely lead to an increase in the number of phones and laptops in use, space heating, and water usage. This is a non-negotiable and valid point for a high electric bill.

Also, during winter, more heating is needed in the house. And it has been estimated that space heating is responsible for two-third of energy usage and half of the electricity bills in UK homes.

Being on an expensive tariff or an increase in prices by your energy supplier is also another reason why your electric bill is high.

How the Pandemic Affected Electric Bills?

During the pandemic, a lot of employees had to start working from home, to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and this affected a lot of things, electricity usage inclusive.

When at work, the electricity bills used in heating the workspace, providing water, and charging laptops and phones were footed by employers. However, in the case of working from home, people spend more time at home which automatically equates to using more energy.

People have to keep themselves warm in the house to enable them work comfortably; hence, the necessity of heating. Also, the usage of water to cook and for drinking during the day increases as people work from home.

The amount of electricity used in the home is affected by several factors. However, it can still be controlled, and reduced by different means.

How to Reduce Electric Bills?

Now, what are some of the ways to reduce your electricity bills and still be comfortable using light? Some useful tips that can help out will be shared here.

To start with, understand your bills. When you understand your bills, you can detect how you are charged for electricity depending on the gadgets you use. This knowledge then empowers you to tackle the main issue, which is how you consume electricity with your gadgets. Afterwards, you can use the following tips:

Make sure to switch off unused appliances. If you’re using your phone or laptop, there is probably no need to switch on the TV since you won’t be watching it. Unused appliances should also be put off standby.

Also, heating controls can be used to heat the specific parts of the house that are in use. Set different room temperatures for different areas of the house as preferred and keep the house at a heat level that is necessary for your comfort.

Another useful tip is to use efficient and energy-saving appliances. New appliances typically save more energy, than their older counterparts. 

Using energy-saving bulbs like an LED bulb is also instrumental in reducing your electric bill. In addition to this, they cost less and last longer. So, double win!

Another important thing to do, to reduce your energy usage is to be smart with your water usage. Use a bowl to wash plates instead of running water. Use a good showerhead instead of running a bath. 

Paying through direct debit rather than using a prepaid meter also saves you more money. 

How to Calculate Electricity Bills?

Now, how do you calculate your electric bill so that you are in the know about what you are paying for? 

It is estimated that 60% of people find their electric bills confusing. This is so due to some of the terms used in these bills. However, it is not an insurmountable task. With few tips, you would get the hang of it.

First of all, you have to figure out the energy usage of each of your home appliances. This would help you know where the energy is being consumed the most.

Most appliances have this written on them with the K designation. Afterwards, know your kWH. Your kWH stands for “Kilowatt Hour”, that is, a measure of how much energy you are consuming per hour.

Then find out the price you pay per kWH of electricity.

Now, to the calculation:

Step 1: Multiply the amount of energy usage of each device with the number of hours of usage per day.

Example: A 200-watt Television set which runs for 5 hours per day. 

200 × 5 =1000

Step 2: Divide the answer by 1000

1000 ÷ 1000 =1 

Step 3: Then multiply the answer, by the price you pay, per kWH of Electricity.

For instance, you pay 15 cents per kWH.

So: 1×15= 15

This is the amount you pay per kWH. 

Checking for other gadgets, you can estimate how much energy you consume in a day, then calculate it for a month and it all adds up.

This method may seem tiring, due to the rigorous calculations it would require. Hence, companies like Curb, Neuron, and Sense have applications that you can use to calculate your electric bills at a rate.

How Much is Electricity per Unit?

Electricity is measured in kWH, just like the weight is measured in kgs.

So, to know the amount of electricity per unit, it would be measured in terms of kWH as explained above. The average amount of electricity per unit is 12.5/kWh.

Now, the amount of electricity you consume daily will be determined depending on the number and types of appliances you use. This would then add up to your monthly and annual bills. 

Refrigerators and freezers consume more electricity since they are mostly always on, throughout the day. They are followed by wet appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines etc. 

Then microwaves, electric cookers, light bulbs, television sets, laptops, phones, etc come next.

Reducing your electric bills takes a consistent observation of how you consume electricity and applying the given tips to reduce it. A huge range of electrical services (domestic as well as for your business) is made available at C&M Electrical Contractors across Leicestershire. We are NICEIC approved and strive to give timely and efficient delivery. With over 30 years of experience, we provide all the services are provided at a competitive price that would be affordable and worth the hard work that we put to deliver the best results.

Related Articles

Electricity usage is one of the most important things in every home; but it doesn’t come without a cost, as other utilities do. The average household in the UK spends around £1,138, annually, on power and heating, when paying their gas and electric bills.  

So, the issue of electricity consumption and electric bills is worthy of being paid attention to as it takes a chunk out of one’s earnings.

It has been estimated that people consume energy mostly between 6pm-9pm at home with the peak being at 8pm. This is because; they are mostly at home, around this time.

Also, it has been discovered that electricity usage in a home rises in the morning, goes down during working hours, and rises back in the evening.

Now, electricity is vital in every home as it helps in heating, air conditioning, cooking, water supply, laundry, etc.

Why is my Electric Bill so High?

The bill you are charged for electricity usage monthly is dependent on several factors, such as your location, your property type, number of inhabitants in your house, number and types of gadgets used, tariff type, the season of the year, etc.

An increase in the number of people in a house would surely lead to an increase in the number of phones and laptops in use, space heating, and water usage. This is a non-negotiable and valid point for a high electric bill.

Also, during winter, more heating is needed in the house. And it has been estimated that space heating is responsible for two-third of energy usage and half of the electricity bills in UK homes.

Being on an expensive tariff or an increase in prices by your energy supplier is also another reason why your electric bill is high.

How the Pandemic Affected Electric Bills?

During the pandemic, a lot of employees had to start working from home, to curb the spread of the Coronavirus and this affected a lot of things, electricity usage inclusive.

When at work, the electricity bills used in heating the workspace, providing water, and charging laptops and phones were footed by employers. However, in the case of working from home, people spend more time at home which automatically equates to using more energy.

People have to keep themselves warm in the house to enable them work comfortably; hence, the necessity of heating. Also, the usage of water to cook and for drinking during the day increases as people work from home.

The amount of electricity used in the home is affected by several factors. However, it can still be controlled, and reduced by different means.

How to Reduce Electric Bills?

Now, what are some of the ways to reduce your electricity bills and still be comfortable using light? Some useful tips that can help out will be shared here.

To start with, understand your bills. When you understand your bills, you can detect how you are charged for electricity depending on the gadgets you use. This knowledge then empowers you to tackle the main issue, which is how you consume electricity with your gadgets. Afterwards, you can use the following tips:

Make sure to switch off unused appliances. If you’re using your phone or laptop, there is probably no need to switch on the TV since you won’t be watching it. Unused appliances should also be put off standby.

Also, heating controls can be used to heat the specific parts of the house that are in use. Set different room temperatures for different areas of the house as preferred and keep the house at a heat level that is necessary for your comfort.

Another useful tip is to use efficient and energy-saving appliances. New appliances typically save more energy, than their older counterparts. 

Using energy-saving bulbs like an LED bulb is also instrumental in reducing your electric bill. In addition to this, they cost less and last longer. So, double win!

Another important thing to do, to reduce your energy usage is to be smart with your water usage. Use a bowl to wash plates instead of running water. Use a good showerhead instead of running a bath. 

Paying through direct debit rather than using a prepaid meter also saves you more money. 

How to Calculate Electricity Bills?

Now, how do you calculate your electric bill so that you are in the know about what you are paying for? 

It is estimated that 60% of people find their electric bills confusing. This is so due to some of the terms used in these bills. However, it is not an insurmountable task. With few tips, you would get the hang of it.

First of all, you have to figure out the energy usage of each of your home appliances. This would help you know where the energy is being consumed the most.

Most appliances have this written on them with the K designation. Afterwards, know your kWH. Your kWH stands for “Kilowatt Hour”, that is, a measure of how much energy you are consuming per hour.

Then find out the price you pay per kWH of electricity.

Now, to the calculation:

Step 1: Multiply the amount of energy usage of each device with the number of hours of usage per day.

Example: A 200-watt Television set which runs for 5 hours per day. 

200 × 5 =1000

Step 2: Divide the answer by 1000

1000 ÷ 1000 =1 

Step 3: Then multiply the answer, by the price you pay, per kWH of Electricity.

For instance, you pay 15 cents per kWH.

So: 1×15= 15

This is the amount you pay per kWH. 

Checking for other gadgets, you can estimate how much energy you consume in a day, then calculate it for a month and it all adds up.

This method may seem tiring, due to the rigorous calculations it would require. Hence, companies like Curb, Neuron, and Sense have applications that you can use to calculate your electric bills at a rate.

How Much is Electricity per Unit?

Electricity is measured in kWH, just like the weight is measured in kgs.

So, to know the amount of electricity per unit, it would be measured in terms of kWH as explained above. The average amount of electricity per unit is 12.5/kWh.

Now, the amount of electricity you consume daily will be determined depending on the number and types of appliances you use. This would then add up to your monthly and annual bills. 

Refrigerators and freezers consume more electricity since they are mostly always on, throughout the day. They are followed by wet appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines etc. 

Then microwaves, electric cookers, light bulbs, television sets, laptops, phones, etc come next.

Reducing your electric bills takes a consistent observation of how you consume electricity and applying the given tips to reduce it. A huge range of electrical services (domestic as well as for your business) is made available at C&M Electrical Contractors across Leicestershire. We are NICEIC approved and strive to give timely and efficient delivery. With over 30 years of experience, we provide all the services are provided at a competitive price that would be affordable and worth the hard work that we put to deliver the best results.

Related Articles

When it is time to have your electrical installation condition report conducted, give us a call. We at C and M Electricals, are all approved and registered electricians and have all the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and experience to perform this inspection safely.

Plus C&M is insured and comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to that, C&M is a proud member of the NICEIC/CHAS.

What Is And Why Do You Need An EICR?

The EICR is a document stating the condition of the electrical systems in your home, etc., and is generated from periodic inspections These inspections ensure that your electrical systems are satisfactory.

The reason why you need regular EICRs is that electrical wiring and other components do deteriorate and to be safe they need to be monitored to prevent dangerous events. These reports help maintain the safety standards of your property and protect you from unauthorized DIY projects that due occur from time to time.

How Long Does An Electrical Safety Check Take?

The electricians follow an electrical safety checklist and the inspection can range between 2 and 6 hours depending on the size of your property. It is possible to have 2 electrical inspectors sent to your property and when that takes place, the inspection time can be cut in half.

How Long Does The EICR Last?

Under the terms set out in The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, the longest gap between inspections is 5 years. This time frame is applied to those properties that have been newly constructed, rewired, and are found without defects.

It is the landlord’s or property manager’s responsibility to assess their situation and adjust the inspection time frame accordingly.

What Does An Electrical Safety Check Involve?

The main purpose of the EICR is to locate and identify any potential problems before they become a safety or serious hazard. There is a visual inspection, dead & live testing to check for any non-compliance.

The inspector will assess the wiring and assign a code to each observation made. That code is as follows:

  1. C1- Danger present, immediate remedial action required. There is a risk of injury and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.
  2. C2- Potential danger urgent ‘remedial action required. This is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be fixed.
  3. C3- Improvement recommended. This is not an immediate or risky situation but it does need to be upgraded for safety concerns.
  4. FI- Code could not be assessed further investigation needed.

There will be some power interruptions throughout the investigation. While this is an inconvenience it is necessary in order to determine the safety level of all electrical components

How Much Does An Electrical Safety Check Cost in Leicestershire?

There are several factors involved that determine the amount of money you will have to pay for each inspection. Those factors include:

  1. The Size Of The Property- Larger homes and businesses will pay more than smaller ones.
  2. If The Property Is For Commercial Or Residential Use- The latter will not pay as much as the former due to electrical system complexities.
  3. Location Of The Property- Those homes in London, the South-east and those in locations without a local electrician will pay more.

EICR Inspection in Lutterworth

The basic EICR fees are as follows:

  1. Small House With 1 To 2 Beds- Between 80 & 150 BP*
  2. Larger House With 3 To 4 Bedrooms- Between 95 & 170 BP*
  3. Commercial Properties- Start At 120 BP* And Go Up

* excludes VAT and all prices are estimates only

Electrical Services in Market Harborough

What Happens After The Inspection?

Once the EICR has been completed, the report will be sent to you within 24 hours no matter if your property received a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating. A copy will be kept on file and you can access it by making a request through e-mail.

Landlords & property managers must present a copy of the EICR to their tenants within 28 days, as well as providing a copy for new incoming renters. Then landlords and property managers need to provide a copy to the local housing authority if requested and within 7 days of that request.

The only acceptable rating is satisfactory and when received the landlord, etc., are said to be compliant with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

What Happens When The Property Gets An Unsatisfactory Rating

The EICR will detail all satisfactory components as well as those needing improvement. Photos will be taken of those components needing repair and added to the report. The landlord or property manager will be given an estimate of the cost of those improvements and have 28 days from the date of the EICR to have the repair work conducted and brought up to compliance.

Why C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you know by now that EICR is an important document and cannot be ignored at any cost. And to get the EICR certification it is of utmost importance to get it done by a certified and experienced electrical contractor. 

That said, at C&M, we provide inspect the property and help them get EICR certification at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of every electrical service at your Leicestershire home.

Related Articles

When it is time to have your electrical installation condition report conducted, give us a call. We at C and M Electricals, are all approved and registered electricians and have all the necessary qualifications, training, skills, and experience to perform this inspection safely.

Plus C&M is insured and comply with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020. In addition to that, C&M is a proud member of the NICEIC/CHAS.

What Is And Why Do You Need An EICR?

The EICR is a document stating the condition of the electrical systems in your home, etc., and is generated from periodic inspections These inspections ensure that your electrical systems are satisfactory.

The reason why you need regular EICRs is that electrical wiring and other components do deteriorate and to be safe they need to be monitored to prevent dangerous events. These reports help maintain the safety standards of your property and protect you from unauthorized DIY projects that due occur from time to time.

How Long Does An Electrical Safety Check Take?

The electricians follow an electrical safety checklist and the inspection can range between 2 and 6 hours depending on the size of your property. It is possible to have 2 electrical inspectors sent to your property and when that takes place, the inspection time can be cut in half.

How Long Does The EICR Last?

Under the terms set out in The Electrical Safety Standards in Private Rented Sector Regulations 2020, the longest gap between inspections is 5 years. This time frame is applied to those properties that have been newly constructed, rewired, and are found without defects.

It is the landlord’s or property manager’s responsibility to assess their situation and adjust the inspection time frame accordingly.

What Does An Electrical Safety Check Involve?

The main purpose of the EICR is to locate and identify any potential problems before they become a safety or serious hazard. There is a visual inspection, dead & live testing to check for any non-compliance.

The inspector will assess the wiring and assign a code to each observation made. That code is as follows:

  1. C1- Danger present, immediate remedial action required. There is a risk of injury and immediate action needs to be taken to rectify the problem.
  2. C2- Potential danger urgent ‘remedial action required. This is a potentially dangerous situation that needs to be fixed.
  3. C3- Improvement recommended. This is not an immediate or risky situation but it does need to be upgraded for safety concerns.
  4. FI- Code could not be assessed further investigation needed.

There will be some power interruptions throughout the investigation. While this is an inconvenience it is necessary in order to determine the safety level of all electrical components

How Much Does An Electrical Safety Check Cost in Leicestershire?

There are several factors involved that determine the amount of money you will have to pay for each inspection. Those factors include:

  1. The Size Of The Property- Larger homes and businesses will pay more than smaller ones.
  2. If The Property Is For Commercial Or Residential Use- The latter will not pay as much as the former due to electrical system complexities.
  3. Location Of The Property- Those homes in London, the South-east and those in locations without a local electrician will pay more.

EICR Inspection in Lutterworth

The basic EICR fees are as follows:

  1. Small House With 1 To 2 Beds- Between 80 & 150 BP*
  2. Larger House With 3 To 4 Bedrooms- Between 95 & 170 BP*
  3. Commercial Properties- Start At 120 BP* And Go Up

* excludes VAT and all prices are estimates only

Electrical Services in Market Harborough

What Happens After The Inspection?

Once the EICR has been completed, the report will be sent to you within 24 hours no matter if your property received a satisfactory or unsatisfactory rating. A copy will be kept on file and you can access it by making a request through e-mail.

Landlords & property managers must present a copy of the EICR to their tenants within 28 days, as well as providing a copy for new incoming renters. Then landlords and property managers need to provide a copy to the local housing authority if requested and within 7 days of that request.

The only acceptable rating is satisfactory and when received the landlord, etc., are said to be compliant with the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020.

What Happens When The Property Gets An Unsatisfactory Rating

The EICR will detail all satisfactory components as well as those needing improvement. Photos will be taken of those components needing repair and added to the report. The landlord or property manager will be given an estimate of the cost of those improvements and have 28 days from the date of the EICR to have the repair work conducted and brought up to compliance.

Why C&M Electrical Contractors?

As you know by now that EICR is an important document and cannot be ignored at any cost. And to get the EICR certification it is of utmost importance to get it done by a certified and experienced electrical contractor. 

That said, at C&M, we provide inspect the property and help them get EICR certification at the best prices in Leicestershire.

Our goal is to deliver only the best to our clients depending on their preferences and budget allocation. With us, you can rest assured of every electrical service at your Leicestershire home.

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The wiring of the home is one aspect you should never take for granted, because if attention and importance aren’t placed on it, the repercussion of a bad incident might not be palatable. This is why it’s advisable to always ensure that the wiring on your property conforms to the electrical regulations stated in the BS 7671 electrical wiring regulations guide. To do so, there’s the need to conduct a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which would help point out arrears you need to upgrade. However, there’s been confusion as to whether the domestic electrical services offered by electrical companies cover the rewiring of the home. It is because of this we have decided to give you a little education on how electrical work is done and put an average price on different services offered by these electrical companies.

Can a domestic installer do a rewire job?

To answer these, you have to first understand that how to do a domestic electrical wiring might differ from company to company because of their package. With this said, a domestic installer can easily do a rewire if he has the necessary electrical rewire certification to do so and if the amount you have paid has included the fee for a rewiring process. The package offered for a domestic wiring job by the different companies runs from installing an extra socket or fixing a lamp holder to a complete rewiring of your property. The package you select would determine the kind of maintenance person that would be sent to your house to carry out the electrical wiring process.

How much would it cost to rewire an electrical panel?

Before giving you an average estimate of how much rewiring and the electrical panel is, we want to give you a little detail of how to do domestic wiring in the house, so you can easily inspect the progress of the wiring and rewiring process as it is being carried out. Since modern-day households are filled with electrical appliances, there is the need to either upgrade or perform a total rewiring of the home/property you have either recently acquired or have stayed in for quite some time. First thing first is to know that the electric panel or consumer unit handles regulating and distributing the electricity around the house. If there is a need for an upgrade or rewiring in the home, the electric panel is the main point of focus for any maintenance person/electrician as the connection of the different sockets and appliances is done from this point. To answer the question above, electrical companies would charge you an average price of £300-£450, depending on the electrical company you intend to employ to carry out the wiring, rewiring, or replacement of consumer units in your home.

What is the cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

Before deciding on whether to go for just a simple domestic wiring service or call for a total rewiring of your home, it is important to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which was formerly known as the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). When this service is conducted, it points out areas that need to be upgraded to conform to the current electrical code in the UK. A homeowner is expected to carry out this procedure every 10 years, while landlords and people who live in a rental home are expected to carry out this procedure every 5 years. An EICR for a customer unit is charged at an average of £40, while an average of £15 would be charged for each circuit tested. Below is an average estimate of how much an electrical company would charge when employed to carry out an EICR for your home.

·        A home with less than three bedrooms should cost an average of £120-£150, depending on the neighbourhood and size of the apartment

·        A home with less than five bedrooms but more than two bedrooms would cost an average amount of £180-£250

·        An EICR would cost you nothing less than £300 if you own a home that has five or more bedrooms

After the EICR has been carried out, the professional that carried out this procedure is expected to give you a report that highlights the defects in your home’s wiring, which might include faulty connections, shortage of short-circuit protection, and out-dated wiring, to mention a few. It is after this report has been given you can decide if you need to rewire your home or just call for simple domestic wiring for your home.

Other services that might be included in a domestic electrical service package include;

·        Fuse board upgrades and extra sockets

·        Heating controls and external power

·        Cooker and shower circuits among others

Which electrical company should I employ?

You may also search the web with the ‘electrical rewire near me’ keyword. This would bring out the companies that offer rewiring services around your locality and then you can proceed to check the customer reviews that have been given by the previous customers of various companies that have patronised them before. Another way is to ask for recommendations from your neighbours and friends who have recently carried out electrical changes in their home.

There are several companies that offer domestic electrical services and rewiring in the United Kingdom and there are several ways by which you can determine which of them is suitable for your home. One such company is C&M Electricals. We provide you domestic electrical services including house rewiring service in and across Leicestershire for estate agents and property owners too. Highly skilled team of electricians approved by NICEIC will be carrying out all the electrical work.

Prices placed by electrical companies are based on the following factors:

  • the size of the house
  • the specifications of fittings and fittings you want in your home
  • if the house would be occupied during the electrical work
  • where you live in the UK
  • the number of sockets and extra you expect to have

Conclusion

In conclusion, you should know that the price of rewiring your home is between £2,000-£5,000, depending on the kind of home you have and the conditions under which the electrician would be working. It is also important to note that when rewiring or upgrading the wiring of your home, there might be, need to remove your furniture and there would be cuts and openings on the wall surface of the home to lay new wires and sockets.

Related Articles

The wiring of the home is one aspect you should never take for granted, because if attention and importance aren’t placed on it, the repercussion of a bad incident might not be palatable. This is why it’s advisable to always ensure that the wiring on your property conforms to the electrical regulations stated in the BS 7671 electrical wiring regulations guide. To do so, there’s the need to conduct a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which would help point out arrears you need to upgrade. However, there’s been confusion as to whether the domestic electrical services offered by electrical companies cover the rewiring of the home. It is because of this we have decided to give you a little education on how electrical work is done and put an average price on different services offered by these electrical companies.

Can a domestic installer do a rewire job?

To answer these, you have to first understand that how to do a domestic electrical wiring might differ from company to company because of their package. With this said, a domestic installer can easily do a rewire if he has the necessary electrical rewire certification to do so and if the amount you have paid has included the fee for a rewiring process. The package offered for a domestic wiring job by the different companies runs from installing an extra socket or fixing a lamp holder to a complete rewiring of your property. The package you select would determine the kind of maintenance person that would be sent to your house to carry out the electrical wiring process.

How much would it cost to rewire an electrical panel?

Before giving you an average estimate of how much rewiring and the electrical panel is, we want to give you a little detail of how to do domestic wiring in the house, so you can easily inspect the progress of the wiring and rewiring process as it is being carried out. Since modern-day households are filled with electrical appliances, there is the need to either upgrade or perform a total rewiring of the home/property you have either recently acquired or have stayed in for quite some time. First thing first is to know that the electric panel or consumer unit handles regulating and distributing the electricity around the house. If there is a need for an upgrade or rewiring in the home, the electric panel is the main point of focus for any maintenance person/electrician as the connection of the different sockets and appliances is done from this point. To answer the question above, electrical companies would charge you an average price of £300-£450, depending on the electrical company you intend to employ to carry out the wiring, rewiring, or replacement of consumer units in your home.

What is the cost of an Electrical Installation Condition Report?

Before deciding on whether to go for just a simple domestic wiring service or call for a total rewiring of your home, it is important to conduct an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), which was formerly known as the Periodic Inspection Report (PIR). When this service is conducted, it points out areas that need to be upgraded to conform to the current electrical code in the UK. A homeowner is expected to carry out this procedure every 10 years, while landlords and people who live in a rental home are expected to carry out this procedure every 5 years. An EICR for a customer unit is charged at an average of £40, while an average of £15 would be charged for each circuit tested. Below is an average estimate of how much an electrical company would charge when employed to carry out an EICR for your home.

·        A home with less than three bedrooms should cost an average of £120-£150, depending on the neighbourhood and size of the apartment

·        A home with less than five bedrooms but more than two bedrooms would cost an average amount of £180-£250

·        An EICR would cost you nothing less than £300 if you own a home that has five or more bedrooms

After the EICR has been carried out, the professional that carried out this procedure is expected to give you a report that highlights the defects in your home’s wiring, which might include faulty connections, shortage of short-circuit protection, and out-dated wiring, to mention a few. It is after this report has been given you can decide if you need to rewire your home or just call for simple domestic wiring for your home.

Other services that might be included in a domestic electrical service package include;

·        Fuse board upgrades and extra sockets

·        Heating controls and external power

·        Cooker and shower circuits among others

Which electrical company should I employ?

You may also search the web with the ‘electrical rewire near me’ keyword. This would bring out the companies that offer rewiring services around your locality and then you can proceed to check the customer reviews that have been given by the previous customers of various companies that have patronised them before. Another way is to ask for recommendations from your neighbours and friends who have recently carried out electrical changes in their home.

There are several companies that offer domestic electrical services and rewiring in the United Kingdom and there are several ways by which you can determine which of them is suitable for your home. One such company is C&M Electricals. We provide you domestic electrical services including house rewiring service in and across Leicestershire for estate agents and property owners too. Highly skilled team of electricians approved by NICEIC will be carrying out all the electrical work.

Prices placed by electrical companies are based on the following factors:

  • the size of the house
  • the specifications of fittings and fittings you want in your home
  • if the house would be occupied during the electrical work
  • where you live in the UK
  • the number of sockets and extra you expect to have

Conclusion

In conclusion, you should know that the price of rewiring your home is between £2,000-£5,000, depending on the kind of home you have and the conditions under which the electrician would be working. It is also important to note that when rewiring or upgrading the wiring of your home, there might be, need to remove your furniture and there would be cuts and openings on the wall surface of the home to lay new wires and sockets.

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With the recent technological developments and advancement, our world is speedily advancing towards a completely digitalised era with technology and innovations in every sphere. From work to recreation, relaxation, and even at home, technology is becoming an undeniable force to be reckoned with. At first, we heard of smartphones, and now it’s smart homes. In the end, it comes down to an attempt to make life as simple and easy as possible.

Research has shown that it is highly possible that by 2040, smart homes would have been universally accepted. Just like only 9% of households had access to the internet in 1998, and the numbers exponentially increased to 90% by 2017, so also the number of homes adopting smart home devices would have multiplied by 2040.

What is a Smart Home?

A smart home is a home with devices, commonly known as smart home devices, which can be controlled remotely by linking to a smartphone or any other device with internet access. It refers to homes with devices connected to the internet which enable them to be remotely monitored and managed. Smart home technology gives its users convenience, security, energy efficiency, and comfort. This is a major part of the internet of things (IoT) as it allows every smart home device to work together cooperating and sharing data from the consumer’s usage.

This could seem to be something you’ve only seen or read about in science fiction, but there are real households who have successfully incorporated smart home devices into their daily lives. According to a survey, almost a quarter of every London home presently uses at least one smart home device. The most popular ones are smart speakers that feature voice recognition, security systems, and thermostats.

A smart home is a component of the internet of things (IoT). The smart devices connected within the system work together to pool consumer usage data, learn the homeowner’s preferences, and use the knowledge to automate actions.

What is a Smart Home Device?

A smart home device is any home device that can be connected to the internet to speed up its performance and spur it to act on its own to a reasonable extent. A smart home device is an innovative concept designed to make living easier, and relatively highly convenient. It possesses the ability to work together, cooperating to give consumers a maximum user experience. Smart home devices include smart bulbs, smart speakers, cameras, sensors, etc. These devices can all be connected to a hub which is what helps them communicate with each other and also with the consumer.

How to Make a Smart Home?

You can either set up your smart home through wireless or hardwired systems. This means that you could either have wires connected to your smart home devices to make them function properly, or you could have them set up through wireless systems. To begin with, you would need to check with your internet service provider if you have a fast enough internet connection as well as confirm if your Wi-Fi area is wide enough.

Secondly, you would need a smart home hub to connect your smart devices. For this, you could go with either the Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa, depending on your preferences. Once this is installed, safety would be among your next concerns. This would require you to install lights, wireless security cameras, and an effective thermostat to control room temperature.

Here are the top 5 facts about Smart Homes:

1. How to Set Up a Smart Home on a Budget?

Naturally, after reading all the above fantastic features of smart homes and smart home devices, it goes without saying that while you might be considering giving the technology a trial, you might be bothered or hesitant due to the costs that come with such an evolutionary change. However, you can set up a smart home, even if you’re on a small budget. You don’t need millions of pounds before you can control your household devices and appliances by using voice commands. Neither do you need billions to add a surveillance system to your house. With nearly £120, you can do these and even more. There is a group of products that can help you conveniently build a smart home without having to go broke or bankrupt. These include the Echo Dot, (3rd Generation) which is a smart speaker with Alexa, and costs approximately £39.99.

Philips Hue is the smart light bulb and is among the top most products for a Smart Home starting at just £14.99. It can be connected through a hub. It can also be used when the internet goes down.

2. What Does a Smart Home Do?

A smart home has a central system installed either on a mobile or some other device connected to the internet, which the user can use to create time schedules for certain changes to be effected. It also comes with skills that enable it to easily learn their homeowner’s schedules and also make the needed adjustments. A smart home is enabled with control for lighting and electricity to either reduce or increase electricity use. Some smart homes also alert the owners whenever there is any movement in the house, while the owners are away. There are even smarter homes that can call the police or fire department in case of emergencies.

3. How Much Bandwidth Does a Smart Home Use?

A good, strong, and stable reliable internet connection is probably the most important thing you need to successfully integrate your smart home devices and make your home a smart home. Most of the smart home devices do not necessarily require high bandwidth, and so they allow you to easily get away with your present internet speed. This implies that for some smart home devices, your present internet speed can cater to your devices’ connectivity requirement.

4. How to Protect a Smart Home?

As with every great invention, smart homes have a few downsides and the most important one is the security risk it poses. It could leave your entire home vulnerable to cybercriminals and hackers. This Is why you need to take extra precautions to protect your smart home. To start with, move your Wi-Fi router to a more secure router. Then, research the smart devices you want to get to ascertain that they won’t put your entire home at a huge risk.

5. What Does the Smart Home Hub Do?

The Smart Home Hub is the central gadget that is in charge of all your smart home devices. It is like the communication center for the internet of things (IoT) which connects all the devices within the home and enables them to communicate with one another and also easily communicate with you.

Smart Homes, while they may not be the present, yet they are undeniably the future. With the ease, convenience, and efficiency that smart homes promise, there’s every reason for almost every home to be upgraded into a smart home.


C&M Electrical Services have experience of over 25 years. Our team has extremely skilled professionals. Every work done is by a highly skilled team of NICEIC approved electricians who would reach you on time so as to deliver timely work. To provide peace of mind to the customers, passing a DBS check is a must for our electrical engineers. Electrical contracting services are provided to you in different sectors like commercial, industrial, and domestic. No matter where you require our services: at your home or at your business, we’ve got you covered.

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With the recent technological developments and advancement, our world is speedily advancing towards a completely digitalised era with technology and innovations in every sphere. From work to recreation, relaxation, and even at home, technology is becoming an undeniable force to be reckoned with. At first, we heard of smartphones, and now it’s smart homes. In the end, it comes down to an attempt to make life as simple and easy as possible.

Research has shown that it is highly possible that by 2040, smart homes would have been universally accepted. Just like only 9% of households had access to the internet in 1998, and the numbers exponentially increased to 90% by 2017, so also the number of homes adopting smart home devices would have multiplied by 2040.

What is a Smart Home?

A smart home is a home with devices, commonly known as smart home devices, which can be controlled remotely by linking to a smartphone or any other device with internet access. It refers to homes with devices connected to the internet which enable them to be remotely monitored and managed. Smart home technology gives its users convenience, security, energy efficiency, and comfort. This is a major part of the internet of things (IoT) as it allows every smart home device to work together cooperating and sharing data from the consumer’s usage.

This could seem to be something you’ve only seen or read about in science fiction, but there are real households who have successfully incorporated smart home devices into their daily lives. According to a survey, almost a quarter of every London home presently uses at least one smart home device. The most popular ones are smart speakers that feature voice recognition, security systems, and thermostats.

A smart home is a component of the internet of things (IoT). The smart devices connected within the system work together to pool consumer usage data, learn the homeowner’s preferences, and use the knowledge to automate actions.

What is a Smart Home Device?

A smart home device is any home device that can be connected to the internet to speed up its performance and spur it to act on its own to a reasonable extent. A smart home device is an innovative concept designed to make living easier, and relatively highly convenient. It possesses the ability to work together, cooperating to give consumers a maximum user experience. Smart home devices include smart bulbs, smart speakers, cameras, sensors, etc. These devices can all be connected to a hub which is what helps them communicate with each other and also with the consumer.

How to Make a Smart Home?

You can either set up your smart home through wireless or hardwired systems. This means that you could either have wires connected to your smart home devices to make them function properly, or you could have them set up through wireless systems. To begin with, you would need to check with your internet service provider if you have a fast enough internet connection as well as confirm if your Wi-Fi area is wide enough.

Secondly, you would need a smart home hub to connect your smart devices. For this, you could go with either the Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa, depending on your preferences. Once this is installed, safety would be among your next concerns. This would require you to install lights, wireless security cameras, and an effective thermostat to control room temperature.

Here are the top 5 facts about Smart Homes:

1. How to Set Up a Smart Home on a Budget?

Naturally, after reading all the above fantastic features of smart homes and smart home devices, it goes without saying that while you might be considering giving the technology a trial, you might be bothered or hesitant due to the costs that come with such an evolutionary change. However, you can set up a smart home, even if you’re on a small budget. You don’t need millions of pounds before you can control your household devices and appliances by using voice commands. Neither do you need billions to add a surveillance system to your house. With nearly £120, you can do these and even more. There is a group of products that can help you conveniently build a smart home without having to go broke or bankrupt. These include the Echo Dot, (3rd Generation) which is a smart speaker with Alexa, and costs approximately £39.99.

Philips Hue is the smart light bulb and is among the top most products for a Smart Home starting at just £14.99. It can be connected through a hub. It can also be used when the internet goes down.

2. What Does a Smart Home Do?

A smart home has a central system installed either on a mobile or some other device connected to the internet, which the user can use to create time schedules for certain changes to be effected. It also comes with skills that enable it to easily learn their homeowner’s schedules and also make the needed adjustments. A smart home is enabled with control for lighting and electricity to either reduce or increase electricity use. Some smart homes also alert the owners whenever there is any movement in the house, while the owners are away. There are even smarter homes that can call the police or fire department in case of emergencies.

3. How Much Bandwidth Does a Smart Home Use?

A good, strong, and stable reliable internet connection is probably the most important thing you need to successfully integrate your smart home devices and make your home a smart home. Most of the smart home devices do not necessarily require high bandwidth, and so they allow you to easily get away with your present internet speed. This implies that for some smart home devices, your present internet speed can cater to your devices’ connectivity requirement.

4. How to Protect a Smart Home?

As with every great invention, smart homes have a few downsides and the most important one is the security risk it poses. It could leave your entire home vulnerable to cybercriminals and hackers. This Is why you need to take extra precautions to protect your smart home. To start with, move your Wi-Fi router to a more secure router. Then, research the smart devices you want to get to ascertain that they won’t put your entire home at a huge risk.

5. What Does the Smart Home Hub Do?

The Smart Home Hub is the central gadget that is in charge of all your smart home devices. It is like the communication center for the internet of things (IoT) which connects all the devices within the home and enables them to communicate with one another and also easily communicate with you.

Smart Homes, while they may not be the present, yet they are undeniably the future. With the ease, convenience, and efficiency that smart homes promise, there’s every reason for almost every home to be upgraded into a smart home.


C&M Electrical Services have experience of over 25 years. Our team has extremely skilled professionals. Every work done is by a highly skilled team of NICEIC approved electricians who would reach you on time so as to deliver timely work. To provide peace of mind to the customers, passing a DBS check is a must for our electrical engineers. Electrical contracting services are provided to you in different sectors like commercial, industrial, and domestic. No matter where you require our services: at your home or at your business, we’ve got you covered.

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