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Iberdrola letter to customers about new Smart Meters

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Iberdrola letter to customers about new Smart Meters

IBERDROLA ARE writing to inform their customers that they are currently replacing electricity meters with smart meters. This is part of a ministerial order to replace  the traditional electric meters with state of the art electricity measuring equipment. Properties on a low tariff, such as 3.3 kW or 3.45 kW or lower, may experience power cuts after the smart meter is fitted due to overloading the ICP, that means tripping out when too many electrical appliances are switch on at the same time. In some cases this involves a trip to the meter...

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Power cuts caused by new Smart Meters will be a major concern in coming months

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Power cuts caused by new Smart Meters will be a major concern in coming months

SPARKS RECENTLY had an emergency call out from a client who had suddenly experienced a power cut in their holiday home on an urbanisación in Torre-La Mata. He had checked his consumer unit and discovered everything was switched on. Then he contacted Iberdrola to check the status on his account, to be told that it was perfectly in order. Iberdrola suggested contacting an electrician as there obviously was a technical problem. I arrived and quickly discovered the problem was simple… the client had overloaded his electrics and activated the kill...

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How safe are Spanish electrics?

Posted by on 6:35 pm in Safety | 2 comments

How safe are Spanish electrics?

THERE IS a common apprehension and mistrust by the Brits regarding the safety of Spanish electrics in the home. This is probably due to the lack of mandatory regulations for domestic installations in Spain compared to the UK. There are a number of specific national practices, habits and traditions associated with electrical wiring in Spanish houses that significantly differ from the UK, ring mains, spurs, fused plugs and unpolarised socket outlets being among them. One of the major differences immediately apparent is that socket outlets and...

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Scientists quash health concerns over Smart Meters

Posted by on 7:24 pm in Smart Meter | 0 comments

Scientists quash health concerns over Smart Meters

FINALLY… some scientists are speaking out to say smart meters are safe. “After years of pseudo-science bombardment by the tin foil hat crowd, we are finally seeing real scientists step up to address the issue of smart meter safety” according to Jesse Berst, Chief Analyst and founder of Smart Grid News. “Some sane people are being sucked into an anti-smart meter movement that is without foundation, according to TheConversation.com,” explains Mr. Berst, “it compares the pseudo-science to astrology, young-earth creationism, alien abduction and...

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A Day in the Life of Sparks #2: Underground Cable Fault + Repair

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A Day in the Life of Sparks #2: Underground Cable Fault + Repair

UNDERGROUND CABLE faults are generally the result of damage caused to a cable either during the installation or from excavation by workmen or mechanical diggers. Damage caused by a digger was the case in a recent job to trace a mains supply cable fault that had resulted in the loss of the electricity supply to a customer’s property in Callosa. As was discovered, ironically, it was Iberdrola who had damaged the cable some years earlier when digging out a foundation for an electricity pylon that supplied electricity to the home. The fault was...

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Turn me on – what light can do for you

Posted by on 10:31 pm in Lighting | 2 comments

Turn me on – what light can do for you

I GET turned on by good lighting design. Some people think that lighting in the home is just about seeing in the dark. That’s unimaginative considering how well we are spoiled for choice with the vast array of lighting products available on the market. Nowdays, there is even a colour changing light bulb that can be controlled by an app for your iPhone or iPad, namely the Philips Hue. Lighting is about moods, and with a little imagination there are a million ways to use light to help you relax or concentrate, to remind you of that perfect...

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