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Top 10 Road Trips For Electrical Vehicle Owners

Exploring the great British outdoors has never been more popular, with Google searches for staycations at an all-time high. That means it’s more important than ever for Britons to know where they can go when holidays abroad aren’t an option. 

However, more and more Britons have found themselves on the fringes during conversations over local travel: electric car owners.

There’s no need to despair, though, with a massive 1458% increase in rapid EV charging stations across the United Kingdom between 2015 and 2020. Charging your electric car has never been easier, and opens up a great range of holidays and adventures to enjoy.

With the ongoing fuel crisis, and electric vehicles being able to travel further each year, the team at Point Electrical wanted to find the 10 best road trips for an electric vehicle.

We looked at the EV charging station to mile ratio, the popularity and the number of hotels with EV charging stations on each road trip to make sure there are plenty of opportunities to keep your vehicle topped up.

Joshua Gardner, part of the team behind the project at Point Electrical, said: “There’s nothing quite like the freedom of the long open road. It has just been so unfortunate that we have needed to burn petrol to see the picturesque landscape of the UK. Fortunately, EV’s have become ever more commonplace, which means lists like these will help stimulate more people to take EV road trips.”

10 Road Trips With Easy EV Charging Point Access

There’s so much of Britain to see that you can spend a lot of your life exploring the country and not see it all. As electric vehicles grow in popularity, more charging points make these adventures a viable option.

The following ideas are not only some of the best ways to explore what the UK has to offer, but you can be sure your electric car can make the journey without running out of power – and that’s a big factor.

1. The North Coast 500, Scotland

 

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There’s no better way to drive through the Scottish highlands than the NC500.

Hugging close to the coastline of eastern, northern and western Scotland, you’ll be amazed by stunning scenery and countryside unlike anything else in the British Isles, with plenty of towns and villages on the way to make sure you can stock up on supplies. Prepare yourself for plenty of walks, too, as you’ll want to make the most of this amazing opportunity.

What’s more, there’s no need to disrupt the natural beauty of the place as there are plenty of EV charging stations on the route. Take your electric vehicle and enjoy the best road trip the UK has to offer.

2. Brecon Beacons Trip, Wales

Travel the Welsh coast on this stunning trip from the northern to the southern end of Wales.

One of many highlights, you’ll see the Brecon Beacons National Park, which has been moulded by nearly eight millennia of human activity! Combine this with gorgeous coastal views and rolling green, this is a trip that will live in your memory for a long time – and you can enjoy it all in comfort with regular electric vehicle charging points along the way.

Carve your own way through this beautiful landscape and enjoy the Welsh countryside, taking in a lot of history and culture as you do.

3. Cotswold Road Trip, England

 

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There is nothing more English than verdant countryside stretching on for miles upon miles. That’s one of the reasons why the Cotswolds have ranked so highly on our list.

There’s a rich and varied history in the area. Roman settlements once populated the area and even the surroundings are different to the rest of the country, so there’s a lot to see and enjoy for anyone.

Get lost in time with perfectly preserved villages and winding country lanes as you traverse an area rich in nature and history. This is a great way to explore a part of England many push back until ‘next time.’

4. Norfolk Coast, England

Take a meandering drive across the East coast and take in the refreshing North Sea air. There are dozens of ancient seaside towns to get lost in, and just as many old castles and market towns.

This trip along the coast is the perfect opportunity to dive into and explore a part of the country often forgotten about, but you’ll find warm welcomes, stunning coasts and countryside and plenty of great food and drink to occupy you in between uncovering the area’s heritage.

With so many things to do, it’s no wonder that the Norfolk Coast is right at the top of our list of best road trips.

5. Devon to Cornwall, England

 

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Beaches, beaches and more beaches. There’s nothing more synonymous with this route than the beaches of the southwest.

Accompanying the glorious beaches and coastal views are plenty of towns and villages to stop at, with seafood being a popular choice among many visitors. You won’t find much fresher, tastier seafood anywhere, and these bustling locations add a new level of vibrancy to the area. You can choose between peace in the countryside or the sounds and culture of the towns.

The entire trip is in the heart of an area of natural beauty and it shows. Make plenty of stops on this stunning route and bring a surfboard if you are feeling adventurous.

6. Giant’s Causeway, Coastal Atlantic route, Northern Ireland

See all the major attractions in Northern Ireland, from the Giant’s Causeway to Dunluce Castle. These roads hug the Atlantic Coast, and from there you can see all the myths and legends that have made Ireland into what it is today.

An iconic location itself, the Giant’s Causeway has attracted visitors from around the world to look at this natural wonder. This is only one part of a larger roadtrip, with plenty to see and explore, from beautiful scenery to a rich history and culture unlike anywhere else.

Plan plenty of time to stop and enjoy each location to its fullest as you make this road trip. With plenty of charging points for your electric vehicle, you won’t be left with nothing to do when you do decide to stop.

7. Lake District, England

 

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Explore some of England’s most picturesque roads and drive by Windermere, England’s largest lake. As the name suggests, this area is home to many stunning lakes that are waiting for you to discover them. Even the drive through the area can be as enjoyable as the time you spend outdoors.

Embark on plenty of hikes, take a dip in the water, dine on amazing, local food and get to know some of the rich history and traditions that are kept alive in this unique part of the country. There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Lake District, which is why people return year after year.

The Lake District is a popular destination that is easily accessible by millions of Brits in the North West.

8. Peak District, England

The Peak District National Park is the UK’s original national park and a treasured landscape of exceptional natural beauty.

When you think of the iconic, rolling countryside in Britain, this is the area you think of. There’s few more iconic places, and a lot of natural wonders to discover on every visit.

Lying at the heart of the country, surrounded by urban areas, it is easily accessed by the millions of Brits who live only an hour away. Even if you are further afield, it is well worth the journey and there are plenty of charging points to make sure you can see as much of it as you can.

9. Snowdonia, Wales

Drive by the largest mountain in England and Wales and enjoy the verdant scenery as you go. Whether you plan to make the hike to the summit, part way up or you just want to explore the area, Snowdonia is not to be missed.

With a lot of beautiful scenery to see around the mountain, there are also a lot of towns and villages to stop by, where warm welcomes and hot food will recharge you after every adventure in the great outdoors.

There aren’t many places as well known as Snowdonia and even fewer that are as stunning, so make the most of your time in the area.

10. North York Moors, England

Explore dense forests, meandering streams and vast swathes of heather moorland, with this trip through the North York Moors National Park. This area of the country is incredibly beautiful, unmatched anywhere else, making it a popular choice for many holiday-goers.

While you have gorgeous, sprawling countryside and views to explore, there are also coastal routes and plenty of towns and villages to discover, too. Each offers their own unique slice of life in the area and are not to be missed.

The spectacular scenery is not something you are soon to forget, and you can find plenty of places to recharge and refuel at the end of each day.

Looking to Add EV Charging Stations to Your Business?

As the number of electric vehicles continues to rise, the need for more charging stations will grow with them, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to keep their car running. Whether you’re in a city centre or more rural, even tourist-centric, location, there are plenty of benefits to having EV charging stations for staff, locals and visitors alike.

To find out more about EV charging stations, and how they can help improve your business, get in touch with the team at Point Electrical today.

Energy saving tips to lower your bills

Rising energy costs are just one thing that both businesses and homeowners are going to have to contend with this winter, as well as colder temperatures that encourage more use of heating systems. This double hit means it’s time to look at energy saving tips to lower your bills.

Some of what we’ve found can be started right now, and take very little effort to implement. Other energy saving tips need a little more research and investment to make sure they’re right for your situation.

If you are a SME business based in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Berkshire or Milton Keynes and Northampton then you could be entitled for a Low Carbon Workspaces Grant receiving between £1,000 – £5,000.  If you are interested in know how Point Electrical can work alongside you then please contact us to find out more

Energy saving tips for lighting

The lighting is one of the easiest and quickest ways to save energy in any property – and it’s through methods that most people overlook as the savings are marginal. On their own, this is true, but combined with other methods, and over time, it can make a big difference.

Low energy lighting

With low energy lighting, you’ll be making savings even when the lights are on compared to normal lighting. This is done by switching your light bulbs to more efficient, low energy options.

As an added bonus, these bulbs can last a lot longer than the alternatives, so you’re not going to have to replace them as often. This reduces the cost of even buying the bulbs, which makes low energy lighting a better option in every way.

Switch off lights not in use

A very simple solution to save energy is to make sure any lights are turned off when not needed. In open plan offices, this is harder to do without a smart lighting control system, so that’s worth investing in. Depending on how much natural light you get, you can light certain areas when needed rather than the whole space.

This applies at home, too, but is much easier to accomplish – simply don’t leave lights on in rooms that you leave or are not spending time in. You can keep curtains open to allow light inside, too.

Heat energy saving tips

Heating systems aren’t only expensive, but they also take time to really kick in and generate the temperature you want. In larger properties, like an office, this increases even further. Using heating systems with a temperature sensor (room stat) as well as a programmer (timer) will help and is also required under UK Building Regulations Part L.

Using Lot 20 compliant heaters, in accordance with the European Ecodesign Directive (2009/125/EC), will also help to maximise heating output and reduce running costs.

Close doors

While it’s tougher in larger, open place rooms and spaces, closing doors is an effective way to keep heat inside. When rooms aren’t in use, it makes no sense to heat these areas when no one can benefit from it. This just means it will take longer to warm up, which costs more than you want to spend on bills.

It doesn’t stop with just closing doors, though. Consider the gaps beneath doors, which can allow cold drafts inside. You can find door runners, or more permanent attachments, to help with this.

Make sure you have the right insulation

Given that heat rises, it’s important to make sure you keep as much of it inside the property as you can. Without the right insulation, heat will escape and you’ll have to use the heating system for longer – and this costs more money.

If you’re renting a commercial property, it’s worth checking who has the responsibility for this task, but it’s not one to ignore as the savings can be huge – not to mention the better temperatures everyone in the building will benefit from.

Home energy saving tips

Outside of these two areas, there are some other energy saving tips which can lower the price of your bills each month, especially in your home. These can be applied in workplaces, too, with some tweaks to account for the different properties and layouts.

Use less water

The less water used – especially hot water, which needs water and heating – the lower your water bills will be. From using less during a shower or while washing dishes, to ensuring dishwashers and washing machines are completely full before use, you can make sure of less waste.

Commercial properties can make use of this, too, depending on the facilities available. Encouraging employees to reduce the amount of water used and wasted can have a big impact over time and can be one of the bigger energy saving tips you promote.

Home automation systems

Smart home control unitThere are plenty of systems you can invest in that will help lower energy use in the home. These smart, automated systems let you control lighting, heating or sound even when you’re not there. You can turn off lights left on or make sure you come home to a warm house without leaving the heating on for hours.

Planning and installing the right automation systems takes time, and they are an investment, but the gains you’ll make over their lifetime will be seen in your bills. You’ll also have the convenience of using them, which helps, too.

Energy saving tips add up to big savings

On their own, these energy saving tips might not make a huge difference to your energy bills but if you apply as many of them as you can, you’ll see some big savings. You can get started with some right now, but others might take a little planning and research.

If you’d like to know more about systems and methods that can save you energy and lower your bills, speak to our friendly team today.

Flexible lighting control systems to take you into the future

When you think of lighting control systems, the most obvious are light switches. You’ll find them in homes, offices, warehouses, shops and many more properties. For years, they’ve been the only option, but that’s not the case anymore – and switches aren’t always the best option.

We’ve taken a look at what lighting control solutions are available, and where they might be most useful. Some of these options can also help with reducing the amount of energy you use, which can save you money in the long run.

Using light switches

Light switches can be found in almost every building with lights. They are one of the simplest and most obvious ways to turn lights on or off. They do mean that, without rewiring work or additional light sources such as lamps, you are restricted to what you have when moving into the building – whether that’s residential or commercial.

Light switches

The most common type of lighting control system are light switches. Usually as a button on the wall, you can turn either single or multiple lights on at once – depending on how the wiring has been planned. This can sometimes lead to multiple switches in a room for different lights or combinations of lights.

Dimmers

Dimmer switchAnother type of light switch are dimmers. Not only can these be pressed to switch a light on or off, but by turning the dial, you can brighten a room to the desired level. This is perfect for cloudy days or early evenings when just a little light is needed.

Unlike traditional light switches, where you have to choose between on and off, you can control the amount of light in a room to suit your needs or mood. They are less common in commercial properties, but they can be useful in some settings where mood and atmosphere are important.

Sensors as a lighting control system

While not a replacement for light switches, you can add another lighting control system to give you more flexibility with sensors. Depending on the type of sensor, it can track different factors to activate or deactivate lights, which can be useful in both commercial and residential settings.

These sensors cut down on the amount of times lights are in use, which can provide some savings in your electricity bills.

Light level sensors

It’d be perfect if your lights could turn on only when needed – without you having to do anything. That’s what happens with light level sensors as a lighting control solution.

Whether it’s responding to lowering light levels in the evening or some dark clouds have blown across, these sensors will detect the drop in natural light and switch on lights to make sure you can see clearly, whether you’re relaxing at home or at work in the office. They can be set to different levels to adjust to your preferences and needs.

Motion sensors

Light control sensorUsed both indoors and out, motion sensors are a great way to control lighting only to be used for set periods of times. They can light an area that someone walks through or where there is movement, which helps in places where people aren’t always going to be there.

They usually run on a timer or have a reverse function to automatically turn the lights off. This is after enough time has passed for people to leave the area or when no motion is detected.

Occupancy sensors

A more modern solution is a sensor that detects how many people are in a room or space and activating the lights. This sensor removes the need to turn lights on with a switch at all and usually uses heat to determine if anyone is in the room.

Unlike motion sensors, occupancy sensors allow you to sit at a desk or watch a movie, where there would be less movement, without the lights going off. They are good for minimising the amount of time lights are spent on by forgetting to switch them off when leaving a room.

Timers to control lights

One way to control the amount of time lights remain on is by using a timer system. These can be set to a time chosen by you and are helpful in not only switching lights off when not needed, but can also make a home or office look like it’s in use or occupied when they’re not. This is a useful security precaution by acting as a deterrent.

Countdown timers

TimerThe most common time system used with lighting is a countdown. This starts a timer from the moment the lights are switched on – or when a specific setting is applied – to automatically turn lights off at the end.

This is quite common in public spaces and facilities, where lights are often left one when no one is using these areas, but commercial properties can benefit from this, too, especially in hallways where there isn’t always movement. This is a cost-effective way of adding basic lighting controls but sensors are becoming more popular and are a more efficient way of controlling energy usage in areas where lighting is only needed at specific times.

Clock timers

Clock timers allow you to set your lights to switch on or off at specific times of the day. This is useful for when you want to have the lights on to wake up to, if that works for you, or to welcome employees to work each morning.

It also lets you keep the lights on until a certain time, which is something you’ll see quite often on office buildings and other commercial properties.

Smart lighting control solutions

Electrical circuitAs technology has improved, so have new lighting control solutions that give us even more control over our lights. New systems and solutions are constantly being thought up, tested and installed in homes and commercial buildings everywhere, and bring bigger savings by ensuring lights are only used when needed.

These systems such as Lutron, Rako, Loxone, KNX and many more, all allow for clever controlled lighting systems which are fully programmable. This lets you integrate all the controls mentioned above to help optimise lighting useage and output. Along with real-time energy monitoring, you could actually automate almost anything with these powerful control systems.

Invest in a new lighting control system

New lighting control systems can be installed at commercial properties or at home, and they can make big changes to your property. Not only will the energy savings you’ll make be significant, but the convenience is worthwhile, too. It takes a bit of research to decide what works best for you, but we believe it’s worth the investment.

To find out more about lighting control systems that can transport you into the future, as well as help you save energy, get in touch with our team today.

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