With the increasing cost of residential care for older people and younger family members struggling to afford a home of their own, many properties now have to meet the needs of three generations or more. 
 
Smart technology is helping to provide a range of products that are easy to install and straightforward to use to meet the challenge. 
 
These can include everything from basic security floodlights, to closed-circuit security (CCTV) systems and smart door bells. 
Not quite London, Paris and New York, but we have been out and about this month providing electrical installation condition reports (EICRs) across the north of England and Scotland. 
 
We’ve just visited Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Sheffield and Bradford. 
 
Next we're off to Hounslow, Leicester, Birmingham and Cardiff. Never a dull moment! 
The new Wiring Regulations have introduced changes that focus on surge protection to help improve safety in our homes and commercial premises. 
 
An electrical surge, or ‘transient overvoltage’, is a brief voltage peak between two or more conductors. A surge can be just a few volts or thousands of volts. 
The Pearl Anniversary marks thirty years of wedded bliss and. 
 
As MSE celebrated thirty years of business in November Managing Director, Jim Lockhart, could say that building a business is like a marriage. It takes time, commitment and dedication, but it’s all worth it. 
 
Here he is with business and life partner, Jane, and their business anniversary cake. 
 
Take a look at Jim’s thirty pearls of wisdom, gained though all these years of business experience. 
If the power fails at your business premises, you’ll want to be sure your emergency lighting is working properly. 
 
Without it your employees and visitors could be at risk in the dark and unable to find corridors, stairs and exits. 
Do you need a little inspiration? This could be your answer… 
 
Researchers have reported that passing an electric current through your brain can help you to be more creative. 
 
Scientists suggest that we could one day wear an electrically charged hat to make us more inventive. 
On 1 September the EU’s ban on importing and selling halogen bulbs became effective. However, only about a third of us are aware of it, according to a survey by Philips. 
 
The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) is calling for homeowners and businesses to switch from existing halogen light bulbs to energy efficient LEDs as soon as possible. We could all be cutting our energy bill immediately, rather than waiting for our old halogens to fail. 
1. Outdoor lighting fixtures 
Insultation can melt in poorly installed outdoor electrical fittings, leading to a short circuit. You might then have to change your entire distribution board. 
2. Circuit breakers for outdoor sockets 
Because of the risk of exposure to water, outdoor sockets should have a circuit breaker. Without this you are risking electric shocks and fire. 
3. Bathrooms and kitchens 
Sockets, light switches and other electric installations in wet environments can be risky. If you are planning a bathroom or kitchen renovation, make sure a qualified electrician inspects the wiring. 
We’ve recently had some challenges to find and fix faults in commercial electrical installations. 
 
Electrical systems are often complicated and tailored to a business’s needs. 
 
If you’re not the electrician who did the original installation, it can be quite difficult to track down the root cause of a problem. 
Would you like to reduce the heating, lighting and power bills for your business by 10% or more without any additional investment? 
 
If you’re willing to make a small investment, savings of 20% to 50% are possible – equivalent to increasing sales by 5% for many businesses. 
 
That’s why 63% of companies say that they are acting to reduce their energy use. 
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