Five Simple Steps: How To Reduce Energy Bills

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All of us would like to reduce energy bills but putting that into action is another thing. Taking time out of our busy schedules to tweak existing routines and systems can be hard, what’s more, understanding and then deciding what changes to actually make can be even harder. Being an electrical wholesaler we thought we’d help you in your mission to deduct your monthly bills, offering you some fast solutions which are more than achievable with our current stock.

Energy Monitor

Reduce Energy Bills With Energy MonitorBefore you make any changes you might want to view how much existing energy you are using. This can be achieved by installing a home energy monitor, which can give you live readings of how much electricity your home is producing. Having an energy monitor in the home can be the antagonist for change, acting as the wake up call you need to reduce energy bills.
The LightwaveRF Energy Monitor is a state-of-the-art model which relies upon a smart phone app to convey it’s readings. Once it’s hooked up to your LightwaveRF Wifi Link, you’ll be able to monitor the exact amount of energy being used. Its advanced real-time energy consumption reader could be just what you need to keep tabs on your energy output. (more…)

Interview With Tommy Walsh: The Celebrity Builder.

tommy walsh 1It’s our pleasure to invite one of the most famous builders in Britain – Tommy Walsh, to partake in a Direct Trade Supplies interview. Tommy grew up in the London Borough of Hackney and learnt the hard graft from an early age. He accompanied his father to work, who owned a breeze-block production plant and it was here where he first picked up the shovel.

Construction and building was in the family’s DNA, so it was no real surprise that he entered the trade industry as a self-effacing builder, but oh how times changed. A mixture of good, honest hard work, having great character and being in the right place at the right time catapulted Tommy from a humble Hackney builder to a celebrity face that everyone wanted a piece of. 

His most memorable and perhaps biggest claim to fame was the role he played in the ‘Ground Force’ trio. Ground Force was a television programme that saw ordinary members of the public nominated for a surprise garden re-design. The show was headed by main presenter Alan Titchmarsh (Gardener) who was teamed with Tommy (Builder) and Charlie Dimmock (Gardener) to help complete the projects. The programme pulled in millions of viewers and was one of the very first to spearhead the boom in aspirational ‘make-over’ shows.

Ground Force ran for eight years and became a flagship show for the BBC – but that wasn’t the end for Tommy. Since Ground Force he’s gone on to be involved in around 1000 TV programmes from Challenge Tommy Walsh, Our House, Tommy Walsh’s Eco House, Trading Places, Tommy’s DIY Survival and many, many more.

Despite being a familiar face Tommy has stuck to his roots and continues to involve himself in the very same trade that once helped to kick start his career. We all know him as the big cheeky chappy builder but there’s a lot more to Tommy than meets the eye. So how about we crack on and discover more about the celebrity builder.

Q&A With: Tommy Walsh, The Celebrity Builder.

You must be the only builder, apart from Bob, who has found fame through a job in the trade industry. Was becoming an iconic builder always the intention or did this occur naturally? (more…)

DTS Soundtrack – 10 Acts & Songs With Electric In Their Title.

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Oasis – She’s Electric (1995)

A cult classic from Manchester’s favourite brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, She’s Electric made its entrance on the hugely successful second studio album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Oasis went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world and played a pivotal role in the Britpop movement during the 90s.

Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue (1983)

A song we’ve all heard at least once in our lives, Electric Avenue is a perhaps Eddy Grant’s most recognised hit. This funky and chunky classic rocked down to – number 2, in both the UK and US charts. Eddy is thought to have created the Caribbean influenced genre ‘Ringbang’ which draws influence from Calypso and Reggae music.

Electric Six – Danger! High Voltage (2002)

The eccentric six piece rock band Electric Six released Danger! High Voltage as a single in 2002, only to follow it up on their debut album Fire in 2003. Accompanied by a wacky video, a style very much connected with the group, Danger! High Voltage is probably Electric Six’s second most popular song after another track that pushed the boundaries – Gay Bar. (more…)

6 Places In Plymouth That Could Do With Some Lighting.

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welcome to plymouth#Apologies to those of you north of the boarder, which really isn’t hard considering Plymouth is one of the most southern cities in the UK – but this blog is dedicated to our stomping ground, where Direct Trade Supplies was born and looks to thrive. Plymouth is an interesting location with a diverse set of terrains. You have the monster hills of St Judes and Lipson, the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, the industrial horizon of the dockyard and the big green patch of Central Park. This coastal city has a lot going for it. 

Although Plymouth is lucky to be surrounded by the sea and situated very close to Dartmoor there’s still room for improvement. Buildings in the town centre continue to sport an outdated 70s rebuild, the Staples building looks garishly out-of-sorts behind the archaic bombed-out Charles Church, the Drake Circus shopping mall seems like it tried to please eight different designers at once – resulting in a confused design, there’s also Union Street and Mutley Plain that could do with a thorough spruce up. Despite its flaws it’s still a desirable city to live in, especially for those that uproot from other cities and fall in love with the diverse nature and environs that surround the city. 

You’ll have to bear with us on this one, the list is a little loose, compiled of landmarks that should embrace decorative lighting as well as areas that could benefit from general lights for security and safety purposes. We welcome any additional suggestions too! Just leave us a comment at the bottom of our blog page. For now let’s get cracking me’Janners. (more…)

What Are Non-Maintained Emergency Downlights?

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It’s a rarity but sometimes power cuts occur and when they do having non-maintained emergency downlights in place could be vital to your survival (well may be not that far but they’ll make life a whole lot easier). Emergency downlights are designed to provide light when conventional lights are blown, damaged or inaccessible. There’s two types of emergency downlights; maintained and non-maintained. The main difference being that maintained emergency downlights require manual assistance to switch on whereas non-maintained emergency downlights go it alone and automatically illuminate the area. 

Picture yourself, you are in the office or warehouse working away on a night shift then BOOM! The power cuts and the lights go out. Ooohs and aaahs echo throughout the room and a few of the smokers decide to delve into their pockets to grab their lighters. But wait, what about those non-maintained emergency downlights you’ve recently had installed, they should kick in any second and light will flood the location once more. This is exactly how non-maintained emergency downlights work. They lay redundant and go unnoticed 99% of the time but when a power cut happens, they are triggered and spring into action. (more…)

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