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Shopping around for the best energy deal should be fairly simple and is an effective way of ensuring value for money. A lot of people are put off because they believe it will be a hassle, and I'm certainly not going to make any guarantees against cock-ups by the big boys, however the energy companies should manage the switch for you without any engineer visits or the juice being cut off.

Thinking of installing a domestic burglar alarm?

Firstly, what is it for? A strange question I know, but generally people install these things either to protect the house when they're not present, or so they can sleep easier at night without worrying that every audible knock and bang is someone wanting to get their hands on the family jewels (so to speak). Or both of course.

There are several ways to get broadband into the home with the two most common being via a cable TV provider or over a standard telephone line. For those without broadband or those who want to extend their Internet access around their home, I’ll provide more detail here about these two types of service.

Building regulations Part P came into effect on 1st January 2005 and concerns the safety of electrical installation work in dwellings in England & Wales. Anybody performing electrical work in the home should ensure they conform to this and to other relevant Approved Documents such as Part A (Structure), Part B (Fire Safety), Part L (Conservation of Fuel and Power), etc. A full list of the Approved Documents can be found here:

Most people have heard of the term ‘ring main’, although it’s not a terribly exciting topic for the masses. If you’re reading this, then the chances are you have a fault or require a new socket installation and you want to know more about how this sort of stuff works. This article aims to give some general information on the two types of socket installation you will come across in your home.