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Is Your Business Ready for The Rise of The Electric Car?

The rise of the electric car in the UK is rapidly gathering speed, literally and metaphorically! In a bid to reduce emissions the government has pledged that by 2030 at least half of all new car sales, and at least 40% of all new van sales, will be hybrid or electric. The provision of government subsidies has encouraged more and more car manufacturers to invest in the development of electric vehicles that are as cost-effective to produce as they are to use, and whose performance matches most standard fuel-powered vehicles. The trend for electric vehicles (EVs) has led to a huge rise in the number registered in the UK, from just 3,500 in 2013, to almost 250,000 as of September 2019.

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How to Keep Your Wires Organised at Work

If you’re finding your workspace dominated by a jumble of cables and wires, our easy-to-follow guide to effective cable management can help you create a safe, tidy and organised space you can be proud of.

Why it’s so important to keep wires organised

Beyond the obvious aesthetic advantages of having your desk space uncluttered by a tangle of messy cables and wires, there are a number of benefits to investing in office cable management:

  • Safety– unruly wires can be a tripping hazard and, over time, wires tangled together can suffer damage to the outer protective layer, leaving them exposed and unsafe.
  • A clean work environment –avoid the dust and dirt that settles on exposed cables.
  • Save time– no more having to navigate your way around cord clutter, and you can save the frustration of tracking and untangling cables when you need to unplug or move something.
  • Save money– instead of replacing devices that fail due to damaged cables, ensure your devices last longer and achieve maximum performance.
  • Look professional– a clean, tidy and uncluttered desk looks much more professional and impressive to clients than one surrounded by a tangled mess of wires.

Wire organisation solutions

Electrical wiresThere are a number of effective ways to get your office wires under control, and there are also a wide variety of products designed to meet specific cable management requirements.

  • Labelling – ensuring every cable is labelled will save time tracking individual wires when you need to unplug something and avoid the frustratingly common mistake of unplugging the wrong machine.
  • Power strip/plug management – if you have cables running from a variety of different plug points and extension leads, replacing these with one large, conveniently placed power strip will help keep wires in one place.
  • Hiding / storing cables –there are a number of solutions for safely gathering and hiding your cables so that they’re neat, tidy and out of view. Cable ties are ideal for gathering cables together, and cable sleeves are perfect for hiding them.
  • Shorten cables – once you have your cables neatly arranged, shortening any overly long cables will help to ensure that they all snuggle up nicely together at just the right length. But do not carry out any alterations if you are NOT qualified to do so.

Handy cable management/storage products

There are some nifty cable management products available that not only help to keep your wires under control, but also look good:

  • Cable sleeves– hide cables discreetly. Zippered cable sleeves are ideal if you want to be able to quickly and easily add and remove cables.
  • Quirky cordlets– adhesive holders you keep on your desk around which you can wind stray wires (USB leads, phone charger wires etc).
  • Cable clips– handy adhesive holders that sit on your desk for your individual computer cables to run through.
  • Velcro straps– for holding cables together.

Contact Point Electrical for a professional cable management solution

If you’re keen to tackle your office wires but have no idea where to start, appointing a commercial electrical contractor is the most effective way of ensuring the job is done quickly, effectively, and safely. Our experts have the skills and knowledge to advise on the best cable management solutions for your space, taking into account your individual requirements, and the latest and most effective storage solutions. Contact us for a no-obligation quote.

How to Become More Energy Efficient

Energy usage is a growing, global concern that is affecting us every day and could have even bigger implications on the environment and society in the future.

This energy use comes from multiple sources; home and work, transportation and industry in the form of fossil fuels as well as nuclear power, solar and biomass energy plus more. The main end goal and purpose of this is to produce electricity and gas to power the world.

How is energy use affecting the environment?

Using any form of gas or electricity requires large amounts of energy. When this energy is in motion, greenhouse gases are produced. This pollutes the air and causes damage to land, water, wildlife and public health, as well as global warming emissions. The effects of this are demonstrated in changing temperatures, damage to our ecosystems and a wilting planet that needs saving…and fast.

Why should I become more energy efficient?

Obviously worldwide energy use is a huge, intangible thing that one man alone is not going to be able to reduce. This is why there is no quick solution for minimising the impact it is having on the environment. However, small changes made by a large mass of people will start to make a difference and improve carbon footprint which will then hopefully encourage a lesser impact on the planet.

What can I do to make a change?

There are many steps you can take to reduce your individual carbon footprint and begin to also implement doing so into larger organisations such as your workplace, to make an even bigger change. The easiest way to do this is by making small changes around the home or workplace, reducing the amount of electricity you use and therefore the energy and money that you could be wasting.

At home:

  • Keep heating low – smart thermostats allow full control over when your heating is switched on meaning it is not wasted when you are not in.Installing a Home Automated Control System
  • Switch to LED bulbs – more efficient lighting options can reduce your energy use by half and save you money on your monthly bill.
  • Insulate your house – insulation in your loft, walls or floor is a worthy investment as your house will stay warmer for longer meaning you won’t need as much heating. This includes upgrading to double glazed windows!
  • Install a form of Microgeneration – using renewable energy is much healthier for the environment. Solar panels are most effective on south-facing roofs at an angle of 30 degrees. Or why not consider a wind turbine if your location allows it or if you’re lucky enough to live near a suitable river to have a water turbine installed!
  • Get an automated control system – These systems are very clever, but also budget dependent. An automated control system performs tasks such as only heating up certain rooms in the house. It can also turn off lights in unoccupied areas, turn down or off heating demands when a property is unoccupied and much more!

Although some of these suggestions may sound pricey at first, we can assure you that they are a worthy investment and you that you will save money and energy in the long run.

Our domestic electrical services include lighting control systems, installations and advice.

Cost Saving LightingAt work:

  • Switch off equipment when not in use – set your computer to sleep when not using it throughout the day when on break or in a meeting and ensure to fully shut down at the end of each day so nothing is running overnight. This also applies to other appliances such as the printer and air conditioning.
  • Update old equipment – old IT equipment can actually end up costing you more than upgrading to newer models as they tend to be more clunky and use unnecessary power to keep working.
  • Conduct an energy audit – regularly checking how much energy you are using will enable you to work better to reduce it and create a more efficient environment. You can even get a free audit from the Carbon Trust fund. To find out whether you are entitled to any government funding via the Carbon Trust, check out their Green Business Fund page here.
  • Promote sustainability – encourage others to change their habits, this could include recycling, reducing plastic use, printing less, walking/cycling to work etc.
  • Install a BMS system (Building Management System) – Either make small changes to your existing system or if possible, get a BMS system. We highly recommend BMS systems for new installations in particular.

To ensure you comply with workplace guidelines, our commercial electrical services include PAT testing, data cabling and installation of back-up generators as well as advising on electrical energy saving in your establishment.

How can I encourage others to be more energy efficient?

As previously mentioned, just one person making these changes isn’t going to have much of an impact. Encouraging the people around you to change their habits, whether it be family or work colleagues, will have a much bigger long-term effect on the environment and make a substantial difference.

At Point Electrical, we care just as much about providing efficient electricity use as we do about reducing carbon footprint. Get in touch to find out more about how our services can enable you to become more energy efficient.

How to Deal with a Power Cut in a Commercial Environment

Whatever the size and type of business you run, whether it’s office-based or retail, a power failure will likely have the same impact on your bottom line, your customers and your staff. With electrical systems now running the majority of organisations UK wide, it’s important to be aware of the potential impact an electrical outage could have on your business. Preparation and planning will help reduce its impact and ensure your business can recover quickly without incurring long-term problems as a result.

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The Importance of Being NICEIC Approved

Whenever you’re hiring a tradesperson or contractor to carry out work on your home or place of work, it pays to choose someone that is registered and accredited in their area of expertise. This ensures work is carried out at a high standard and comes with an industry approved guarantee. For trades like plumbing and electrical where the quality of the work could have a big impact on the health and safety of your family or employees, the NICEIC symbol carries assurance that safety is guaranteed.

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What is the difference between a domestic and a commercial electrician?

An electrician is an electrician, right? Well, that depends. All electricians need industry-recognised qualifications and must know their way around a fuse board. However, did you know that domestic electricians and commercial electricians specialise in different areas? So, before you hire someone for your project, it’s good to be clear about what you’re looking for.

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