Updating electric

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Old houses often need updates to electrical systems; the author’s 1903 home was no exception.Follow these tips to get it done without causing undue—or irreparable—damage to your building.All meter installers have completed comprehensive training and are fully qualified electricians.Initially our contractors will visit your premises and either change the meter or leave a card with a contact number, which allows you to make an appointment to replace your meter at a time that suits you.

All participating contractors and raters in our database are certified and have been trained to look holistically at your home and identify improvements that will save you the most energy and money.In 2016 we changed 100 000 meters in Northern Ireland and we aim to replace a further 100 000 meters by the end of 2017. To check if you may be affected, look at the identification number on your meter.If you have a keypad meter and the meter number starts with KA, KB, KC or KD it will be replaced by end of 2017.All employees or contractors working on behalf of NIE Networks will carry identification, wear identifiable uniforms and drive marked vehicles.If you are unsure or would like to ask us a question, please contact us or get in touch by calling our customer helpline on 03457 643 643.Yet efforts to update electrical systems can often result in damage to historic buildings.

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