With rising petrol prices and many manufacturers now offering far more models and government grants to help with purchasing, tax and charging many people are now investing in an electric vehicle for the first time.

So you’ve just invested in your shiny new electric vehicle but what do you do about getting it charged? There are increasing numbers of charging points around the country but the most cost efficient way to charge your car is with a charge point at your home.

There are a few things that need to be considered before you get your home charging point installed.

Electric Cars Charging Point Installation

Get your main electricity fuse checked.

In order to install a charging point in your home you need to have a compatible main fuse. You will need to have either an 80 or a 100amp fuse installed at your property.

What sort of charger do you need?

There are several types of chargers available today. The first thing to decide is the output you require. You can get 3kW, 7kW and 22kW chargers, the more powerful it is the quicker it will fully charge your car. The 7kW chargers are generally the most common.

Do you want a cable?

You can choose between a tethered or untethered charger. A tethered charger will have a cable, this means you won’ have to carry around a cable in your boot so is more convenient. Tethered cables don’t fit every electric car though. An untethered charger has no cable attached to it, meaning you will need to carry the cable around in your boot. The big advantage of an untethered charger is that is will connect to almost any electric vehicle.

How much does charger installation cost?

The cost of home charging points varies depending on the type of charger you choose. An average cost is around £800 however there are cheaper options. The lower powered 3kW unit could cost you between £250 and £500. The faster, more powerful 7kW chargers can cost between £450 and £800 – and if you want a really fast charger, that can cost up to £1,500 or more.

Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Points

There is a government grant that can help with the cost of your charging point installation. The electric vehicle homecharge scheme (EVHS) provides a 75% contribution to the cost of one chargepoint and its installation. The grant is capped at £350 and has a couple of requirements for eligibility.

Firstly the person must own, lease or have ordered a qualifying vehicle and secondly they must have off street parking available. The government’s website has more information about EVHS and the vehicles that are eligible

HMS Electrical Can Help

If you’ve just bought a new electric vehicle and are looking to get a home charging point installed, give us a call today and we can help you get the best charging point for your needs.

Make the most of your outdoor space this summer

Over the last year or so most people have been spending far more time at home. As a result the number of people looking to renovate or improve their homes has grown. So now as the summer is finally upon us many of us are looking to improve our outdoor spaces as well. Many garden projects can be as simple as getting new patio furniture or creating a decking area but what if you want to try something a bit more adventurous?

There are many projects to make your garden a nicer place to work or relax this summer that will require electricity, in this blog we will take a look at some of the most common garden projects that HMS electrical can help you with, to make sure you get the most of you garden for work and for play.

Outdoor Offices

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic many people have been working from home for the last 12 months or so. Not everyone has the room inside for an office, so an excellent solution is to convert an existing out-building or shed into a garden office building.

In order to function as an office the room will need electricity; for lighting and to power your computer. But not only that, there may be a need to install data cabling to access the internet. Unless your building is close to your house it might not be close enough to pick up your Wifi.

Also, in any shed or garden building that contains expensive IT equipment you want it to be safe and secure, so alarm systems and security cameras are a necessity.

Shed Conversions

Not everyone will want or need to convert their shed into an office, there are other options for the humble shed.

One of the most popular uses for the garden shed is to create your very own pub. No pub will be complete without power. Who wants to be drinking a warm beer in the dark afterall?

From lighting to refrigeration and even a big screen to watch sports on, having power in your shed pub will make it just like the real thing. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could even install your own pumps and get practising pulling your own pints.

Hot Tubs

A hot tub can be a relaxing addition to your garden. Because they are large, electrically complex systems, hot tub installation can be tricky. Modern hot tubs tend to be self-contained, which means there is no plumbing involved in the setup. Even so, installing a hot tub can be difficult, due to the size and weight of the unit.

A hot tub will need an outdoor power source. The voltage of a hot tub is higher than regular home outlets, so you will need to install a breaker to your electrical control box. This is one of those jobs where it is best to hire an electrician.

Outdoor Lighting

Even the simplest of touches can transform any outdoor space into a nice place to relax even after the sun has gone down. By installing outdoor lighting you can continue to make the best use of your garden or outdoor space well into the night.

From LED decking lights to solar lights, there are many exterior lighting solutions that are suitable for any garden. Of course many types of lighting will require an outdoor electrical source or an outdoor power socket.

HMS Electrical are here to help

So if you are about to embark on a project to transform your outdoor space or garden shed HMS electrical can help. We have the knowledge and expertise to power even the most adventurous projects.

Whether it’s installing garden lights or outdoor sockets – outdoor wiring to give power to outdoor office spaces – or installing security cameras and alarm systems to protect your IT equipment then get in touch with us today for a quote.