Contact Highton Electrics
for all your electrical needs
Tel: 07919 675991
Friendly and reliable service
Free quote and electrical advice. Work is carried out professionally and exactly as specified by you. No job is too small .
Work you can trust and recommend.
Fully insured and you can be confident work is fully compliant to the latest regulatory requirements.
Below are examples of the services I provide, but do contact me if you don’t see what you need in this list.
Changing bulbs or light fittings – inside and out.
Replacing transformers, plug sockets etc.
Installation of new lighting, power cables or sockets.
Kitchen, bathroom, outbuildings and garden electrics.
Maintenance and safety check, testing and inspection to comply with Part B electrical requirements, including for landlords or preparation for house sale / purchase.
Top Tips for Saving Energy
The cost of your electricity will vary according to the price from your energy supplier, your location and how you pay, among other things. Depending on the size of property and the number of people living there, the average kWh (kilowatt hour – unit of energy) amount used will differ. The good news is that we can tall take steps to reduce our electricity use and costs. Below is an average per household:
- 1 to 2 bedroom flat – 2,000kWh
- 2 to 3 bedroom house – 3,100kWh
- 4 + bedroom house – 4,600 kWh
LED lighting is a lot more efficient than most other bulbs available on the market today. According to some studies, if you were to swap all of your household bulbs for LEDs you could save around £45 a year on bills. LED bulbs can last for over 10 years and their slightly higher initial cost is repaid in your pocket and by being eco-friendly. Not only do you make a significant saving in electricity but you avoid the hassle of having to frequently replace bulbs.
How we use our everyday appliances can make a significant difference to our electricity bills. For example, to heat water rapidly a kettle needs a large amount of electricity, so significant savings can be made over time if you only fill the kettle with the amount of water you need. Most kettles now have markers (eg ‘2 cups’) to guide you.
When using your washing machine the majority of the electricity used goes towards heating the water. Most detergents are now adapted to work well at low temperatures and if you turn your washing machine down to 30ºc from 40ºc for some washes then you could use up to a third less electricity
Consider energy efficiency when you are upgrading your washing machine, dishwasher etc. as newer modern electronic appliances can be up to 10 times more efficient than older models. In the UK look for the Energy Star label and look for energy-efficient programmes (eg ‘quick wash’).
We are used to leaving electronic devices in standby mode, which means that they are still using some power. Items that use the most electricity in standby power include: TV, Microwave, Mobile phone chargers, Computers, Games Consoles. Did you know that a TV left on standby mode can use around 3kWh per month? This can be reduced significantly if it is switched off from the mains when not in use.
Whether you are using electricity, gas or another type of energy to heat your home, with a little investment you can ensure that you are being efficient, and you are minimising your energy usage. As heat rises, insulating your loft can be one of the easiest ways reduce energy usage. The recommended minimum amount of loft insulation is 270mm and estimates suggest that using this amount could save you up to £180 a year in comparison to an uninsulated home.
Heat is not just lost through the roof but can also dissipate through your walls. Many properties are suitable for cavity wall insulation which can also boost your home’s energy efficiency. Some estimates suggest that you could save up to 19% on your fuel bills by using cavity wall insulation. Many energy companies offer free or subsidised cavity wall and loft insulation.
Drafts and ill-fitting doors and windows are another way that homes leak heat. Draft excluders are cheap and easy to fit. Fitting UPVC windows and doors also save energy costs and have the benefit of reducing maintenance.