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Getting power on site

Most of us rely heavily on electricity for day-to-day living, so ensuring your new home has a mains connection is vital. Tim Doherty explains the process

Regardless of how much renewable tech you’re planning to install, nearly every self-build home needs a mains electricity supply. The UK’s electrical distribution is owned, coordinated and controlled by a series of distribution network operators called DNOs. The national territory is divided into six principal zones, and there are plenty of subdivisions including independent distribution network operators (IDNOs) as well as specialist service companies that focus on business and big electrical users.

Utility companies often get bad press about how complicated their processes are. However, Ofgem (a non-ministerial government department acting as a national regulatory authority) has helped to shape their operating procedures. So all of them, regardless of region, are legally bound to provide new supply services at fair market prices within acceptable timeframes.

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Get the advice and inspiration you need to complete your home building project on time and on budget with the March edition of Build It, including: - How to get more for your money - Is gas central heating energy efficient? - Getting sunroom extensions right - Ultimate guide to garage conversions - Do you need an architect? ... and more!