Heating, plumbing and electrical frequently asked questions to SGS.

Yes there was, but only up until March 31st 2022 for domestic homes. However the grant is continuing for commercial premises. The good news is SGS are accredited OZEV installers enabling you to receive £350 grant from the government.

Yes you can! Many EV chargers allow you to use excess solar to power charge up your car. Generating solar power requires you to have solar panels (PV) fitted in your home, but the energy generated through these is totally free – which means free driving!

Basically, the difference a tethered and untethered vehicle charger is that the tethered has a fixed car charging cable to it and can not be removed, and an untethered has a detachable cable.

If you haven’t already noticed, petrol and diesel prices fluctuate greatly, and with an upcoming ban on certain fuels in 2030 an EV charger in your home could increase the saleability and value of your home tremendously. You can also set timers on your charging so that you benefit from the best and most efficient times to charge and are also pincode protected so no one else uses your charger.

Essentially you will need some form of off-road parking, like a driveway or garage with the ability to get power to it. You will be able to charge your vehicle from a mains 3 pin plug, but we highly recommend you get a EV charger unless you want to spend days charging.

  • Try to visually check your electrics from time to time, and if it looks suspicious, seek professional help.
  • If you’re a DIY enthusiast always get your installations checked professionally once finished. Nearly half of reported issues have been because of DIY installations.
  • Water and electricity are not nest friends. The bathroom is potentially the most dangerous place to get electrical installations wrong. Knowing the electrical safety zones in a bathroom is critical to safety and compliance.
  • Make sure your kitchen appliance are installed properly and that the appliances themselves are used in accordance with the instruction manuals
  • If it’s raining, DO NOT use electrical gardening equipment outdoors. Dry weather conditions are always favourable for garden tools and equipment.
  • If you’ve had a flood, it is likely that the electrics have been damaged and require fixing or reinstalling. It’s always good to ask a professional electrical installer first before you do anything else.
  • Always be cautious with electrical fires. You should never hang anything in front of or over the front of a fire – even if you think it is a safe distance away.

Yes you can. There is a variety of electric vehicle charger manufacturers available in the market today.