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How can we improve the way we rewire homes?

 
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Hello,
I'm looking for a topic to write a thesis on. I'm an electrician by trade mainly used to rewiring homes hence the subject title.
Does any one have any ideas? I'm trying to reduce energy usage and carbon. Electrical installations in the UK haven't moved far over recent decades other than energy efficient lighting.
What could I investigate with a means of hopefully adding some knowledge in this area?
 
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How about modularity and ease of access. Modularity in the development of quick connects to add on renewable energy sources or expand the network of plugs. Smart plugs that prevent overloading a wiring train. Wiring runs that aren't put through studs as if they would never be replaced but in channels that are hinged and can be opened for access and inspection. With renewable energy would wiring for DC be an advantage in certain circumstances? Don't know if any of these are useful.
 
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How about inventing a system that lets you manage your electric supply in real time via an app for your mobile phone .
Manage when to run the washing machine and other appliances , when to store electricity in your batterys, when to sell electricity to the grid you generate from your wind turbine or PV array, when to charge your car or when to run your house from the car battery. That would be a great idea.
I was thinking some sort of Black box fitted to your fuse box type thing .

David
 
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Gee Pack : Actually my best answer turns into a design problem ! Surface mounted wiring in steel channels ! Only so many houses can be built
with wainscoting and chair rails. The Idea here is to use a 'fake' chair rail as a channel or conduit for the wiring, and sturdy enuf for being bashed
into when moving large furniture in and out !

A largish chair rail (Google for pictures ) should contain enough space for needed electric and cable and TV / Sound and hard wired smoke-fire
detectors!

The "Chair rail'' could have its outlets ether on the surface as is common now, or directly underneath, out of sight out of mind ( And potentially a
better way to tuck electrical cords out of the way)

This also gets the outlets up off of the lower floor, away from little fingers, and eliminate problems for our rapidly aging population of Seniors -
no Bending over !

It reduces in one more way the amount of damage that can be caused by ''A few feet of water'' It could also be used for low energy this way out
lighting, when there is a power failure

This is way superior to out of sight out of mind, hide it in the walls! It could be painted with a paint that smoothers fire, or turns colors if a future
electrical problem causes a high heat condition, or a signal a slight change in the electro magnetic field around the wires and resist and/or signal
tampering!

Again this problem is actually a design/designers problem but can meet the present codes most everywhere here in the states and will reduce
initial man hours on the job, and greatly reduce retro-fit man hours !

Good luck and come back here and show us your work ! for the Crafts and trades ! Big AL
 
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All built in lighting (only - bathroom vent/heater separate or with the outlets) on separate circuit(s); it's pretty hands-off and unlikely to trip a breaker on its own, so no need to stumble around in the dark just because you plugged in the toaster oven and hair dryer together.
 
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