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Why is Green Technology Important?

Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks

 

Green EnergyElectrical companies are being urged to evolve and widen their skill sets, in the current climate for developing greener technologies. The UK has committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and the Joint Industry Board [JIB] believes there are opportunities to be seized. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in 2020 a £3bn boost to the UK green economy to concentrate on decarbonising buildings and new systems to lower energy bills.

The government pledged a further £6.7bn recently to support the sector in an effort to reduce carbon emissions. The government’s Energy White Paper announced plans to support up to 220,000 British jobs in the green sector. A greener, increasingly sustainable energy network will be created in the UK. This will see the utilisation of electric cars and other vehicles etc, solar photovoltaics and battery storage.

Electrotechnical operatives are encouraged to embrace continued professional development. JIB is hoping companies will take advantage of their Skills Development Fund. The fund offers financial assistance to those wishing to embark on courses or training in the electrical industry. This type of eligible course includes Solar Photovoltaic Installation and Maintenance, Electric Vehicle Charging Point Installation (City & Guilds 2919-01) and ONC/HNC/Degree courses in sustainable engineering.

Head of Growth at the JIB and ECS, Andy Reakes said: “Once Covid-19 has been dealt with there will be a real move to set our attention again on Net-Zero by 2050 and climate change. The Energy White Paper is another example of the microgeneration and environmental market receiving further Government support into 2021.

“For companies looking to capitalise and move into new markets, the JIB Skills Development Fund can help to upskill their workforce and diversify into new and emerging technologies. If your company has been forced to reduce numbers in the workforce, it is open to those who have been made redundant. Also if you or a colleague would benefit from a helping hand to upskill, the fund may be able to provide grants to help those unemployed re-enter the workforce.”

 

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations

 

 

Safety First with Electrics

Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks

 

 

Elecrtical SafetyA recent campaign launched by the Scottish trade association ‘Select’, talks about one of the dangers faced by those who carry out electrical work. This can include apprentices or tradesmen with extensive experience. They have named the initiative ‘Work dead safely: Stay alive’, and the message is communicated via an animation, infographic and brochure. The main focus of the campaign is concerned with isolation [as in electrical circuits not Covid!]. Hospital A&E departments up and down the country regularly deal with the sometimes fatal effects of electrical accidents.

Electricians provide an important service, imagine not having fully functioning electrical systems in our homes, offices, schools, infrastructure, hospitals etc. Electricity can be very unpredictable, and this is why their job is classed as one of the most hazardous. The negative consequences of not isolating safely while working with electricity cannot be stressed enough. Scores of electricians have suffered burns, scarring and even death as a result of skipping proper isolation steps. Select, seek to urge workers to follow the correct procedures to ensure their safety.

Included in the advice are ‘Ten steps to safe isolation’, which will be particularly helpful for trainees or those new to the sector. The list offers strict guidance for safe practice in a dangerous and complex field. When the body comes into contact with electricity, it can cause heart attacks, burns to skin and damage to internal organs.

Select are hoping their advice is taken on board far and wide, and that lives can be saved thanks to people thinking twice. It’s a simple message, make sure that the electrical supply is disconnected or isolated from the source before beginning the work. The figures prove that observing the simple safety rules can drastically lower the risk of fatalities.

 

 

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations

 

 

Busy Time for the Refrigeration Industry

Electrical Contractors, Store Lighting, Voice & Data Cabling, Smoke Detection Alarms

 

RefrigerationBusinesses that supply medical refrigeration have experienced a surge in demand for their products this year, as a result of the current pandemic. This situation has arisen throughout the UK and internationally as orders from the NHS, Europe and Australasia flood in. Companies operating within the refrigeration industry such as specialists Froscold Refrigeration, have seen orders multiply significantly. There is increased need for a variety of refrigeration related products including cold stores, medical cabinets, blood stores, ultra low temperature cabinets, both upright and chest freezer types, chillstores, ice banks, blast freezers, blast chillers, controlled atmosphere rooms and positive pressure systems.

A major reason for this increase is a requirement for additional hospital wards, temporary hospitals and community pharmacies. Temperature sensitive medicines and vaccines rely on crucial, high quality refrigeration in clinics, surgeries, hospital wards and for community care specialists. Covid-19 laboratories are also working ‘all out’ as expected, and reliable refrigeration is an essential aspect of their work.

The need for refrigeration is unlikely to ease in the foreseeable future, especially with flu season fast approaching. This has lessened the effects of a slight downturn in medium to large air conditioning installation. The closure of several large retail outlets and entertainment venues has ensured that some of these services have been placed on hold. Although many are still being regularly maintained as a legal requirement in line with health and safety regulations.

The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) has carried out a number of interesting studies alongside their Covid challenges research. They discovered that manufacturers are working to develop products that can self clean, ventilate and purify air. They also identified a need for technology which can monitor and respond to air quality via sensors and controls integrated into building management systems.

 

NICEIC Electricians, 3 Phase Electrical Installations, PAT Testing, Industrial Electrical Contracting

Controlling Your Space

HVAC Specialists, Nationwide Air Conditioning Installation, Maintenance & Repair

Controlling your HVAC systems is essential for them to be fully effective, and to ensure comfort for building occupants. Heating and cooling needs can change from day to day, and being able to have ultimate control can ensure effective use of your systems. This is extremely practical and can save money spent constantly heating or cooling an area that doesn’t need it.

It’s worrying that, even where building controls are in place, an estimated 90% of them are in some way inadequate. This costs industry and commerce more than £500 million per year in energy payments. Boiler controls which are either not functioning properly or are used incorrectly can add around 5% to a fuel bill.

These facts are surprising when you consider how the systems can easily be tailored to only consume what is needed. Where staff shifts rotate, the environment can be adjusted so that lights and ventilation are not left on unnecessarily. Where factors like heating, cooling and ventilation are involved, controls can be set to respond to environmental conditions like temperature, humidity, natural lighting and carbon dioxide levels. Controls can be fine tuned and set in a number of ways to suit the building occupants and their schedules.

State of the art control systems can be set to operate during certain hours, and to switch themselves off after a certain period if no movement is detected. This results in reduced energy consumption and a lower carbon footprint.

Questions to think about when considering the installation of control systems are:-

  • Where are most people located at certain times of the day?
  • Can systems be turned off or down when rooms are not in use?
  • Where in the workspace could system controls be placed?
  • Where could sensors be fitted?
  • Is staff training to use these controls needed?

Turn Key Air Conditioning work with market leaders Mitsubishi Electric to provide their customers with high performance HVAC solutions. Call them for advice on 0191 438 7410.

Renewable Heat Incentive, Energy Efficient Systems, Professional Air Source Heat Pump Installation

Save Money on Fuel Bills

Electrical Contractors, Store Lighting, Voice & Data Cabling, Smoke Detection Alarms

According to the Energy Saving Trust, every household in the UK could be saving up to £325 per year on bills by following a few simple steps! Think about what you could spend that amount of money on. A few new outfits, a little weekend break or even a budget holiday abroad? So lets look at the ways in which you can make this happen, firstly:-

  • If your boiler is older than 6 years, it could probably do with being replaced. A modern condensing boiler can save up to £200 annually, as they are legally required to be at least 88% efficient. If you use home heating oil, it will go further with a high functioning boiler.
  • Your thermostat could be too high, and by turning it down just 1°C will save you up to 10% off your yearly fuel bill. Also check your thermostat is functioning properly and giving accurate readings.
  • Insulating your hot water tank may keep an extra £40 in your pocket a year, as opposed to it going on bills.
  • Draftproofing of windows and doors could save around £30 per year.
  • Moving sofas and other furniture away from radiators gives better heat circulation.
  • Many people leave appliances like computers and TV’s on standby 24/7, but did you know you could save up to £35 per year by turning them off when not in use?
  • Replacing existing light bulbs with LED equivalents is a good idea, they are extremely energy efficient and can last up to 50 years, so are worth the higher price!
  • Using only as much water as needed each time in your kettle can knock £7 per year off bills.
  • Lessen bills by £10 a year just by showering for a minute less each time.

NICEIC Electricians, 3 Phase Electrical Installations, PAT Testing, Industrial Electrical Contracting

Electrical Tool and Equipment Hire

Lighting Systems, Electrical Contracting, NICEIC Approved Commercial & Domestic Electricians

You may not have heard of the Men in Sheds initiative, a concept which originally started in Australia, but is now growing at an amazing rate throughout the UK. The idea is to bring predominantly older men together regularly, who can then make things, share skills, chat, socialise and of course drink tea. Men who are perhaps retired and may have lost their partner are at a significantly high risk of becoming lonely and isolated. Up to now, there haven’t been many places available for them to go and feel useful or part of a community.

The Men in Sheds Association is rapidly changing all that, as men are encouraged to start their own local Men’s Shed. Members of these sheds or ‘Shedders’ as they are affectionately known get together to form a shed, usually with help and advice from the Association. The sheds quickly become popular as word gets around, and people learn of the activities being undertaken. [There are even a few Women’s Sheds around now!]

Some sheds contribute to their community by working on projects like constructing flower tubs for the neighbourhood, or raising money for charities by making items to sell. It gives people great pleasure to see the results of their hobby being used to help others. Men’s Sheds are springing up all over Essex and London, in places like Grays, Chelmsford, Rayleigh, Brentwood and Romford.

Shed participants can do as little or as much as they wish, as the real benefits are gained by just being there. They can bring their own tools, club together to buy and share tools, or if they need a more expensive electrical tool for a specific project they can hire the item. Most agree that the ‘Men in Sheds’ concept is a lifesaver!

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations.

Boiler not working? Try these 7 quick Boiler Checks before calling for help

Registered, Certified Gas Heating Engineers. Installation, Repair. Replacement, A Rated Condensing Boilers

It’s still slightly chilly out there to say the least, although they promise there is light [or sunshine] at the end of the tunnel! This is the time of year we really need our central heating systems, yet typically this is when they start to play up. If you are having issues with your boiler, there are some simple checks you should complete before calling out an engineer. If your boiler keeps losing pressure, isn’t working properly or won’t even come on you could:-

  • Try reprogramming your boiler’s timer, things like a power cut can cause the boiler to reset. Instructions on how to do this will probably be in your manual.
  • If you have a prepayment meter, check there is enough credit, are your other gas appliances working ok?
  • Have any switches in your fuse box tripped?
  • If your boiler has lost pressure a reading of one bar or less will show, and you need to top up the pressure, by following the ‘how to’ in your manual.
  • Room thermostats which are set too low can result in the boiler not coming on, so turn it up and see if the boiler starts working.
  • Again, following the written instructions supplied with the boiler, reset the appliance, which is very likely to have a reset function.
  • Pre 2004 boilers may have a pilot light, and these can sometimes go out, but can be relit without professional help.

If you can’t get to the bottom of the trouble alone, you may want to call a qualified Gas Safe engineer from somewhere like SJB Mechanical & Engineering Services Ltd. SJB are expert heating and plumbing engineers working with commercial and domestic customers. They can install, upgrade, replace, repair and maintain a wide variety of boilers to the highest standards.

Heating Engineers Installation of Gas Appliances, Plant Room Installation Service, Repair & Replacement

How to Avoid Electrical Fires

Domestic & Commercial Electrical Contractors, NICEIC Approved Electricians, Data Cable Networks

Electricity is a major part of our lives, and most of us come into contact with this source of energy several times a day without even thinking about it. We boil the kettle, put on a wash, charge our phones, dry our hair, use the shower, work on the computer and do a hundred and one other things that involve using electricity. But as we know, this power is potentially dangerous and in fact it’s the cause of around 50% of domestic accidental fires each year in the UK. Reasons for this figure include appliance misuse, lack of safety checks and cheap or faulty goods sometimes purchased online.

White goods and household appliances alone are responsible for more than five fires per day in English homes, including washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers. Following some simple guidelines will ensure that you and your family stay safe while using your electrical appliances.

  • When buying electrical goods, always go to a reputable retailer and refer to the manufacturer’s instructions when you install, use or maintain the goods.
  • Don’t allow washing machines, tumble dryers or dishwashers to keep running when you are not around or asleep.
  • If you notice anything unusual about your appliance such as a strange noise or smell, unplug and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repairman.
  • Overloaded washing machines or tumble dryers can represent a fire risk.
  • Check plugs and sockets regularly for buzzing sounds [arcing], burn marks, blown fuses, tripping circuit breakers or feeling hot to the touch.
  • Make sure that the back of your fridge and freezer are free of dust build up so that air can circulate.
  • Clean food and spilled fat from the oven and hob, as this can be a fire risk.
  • Take care when using the microwave, and only use for food.
  • Register your electrical appliance allowing the manufacturer to contact you in the case of a problem being identified.

Fire Logistics Ltd supply a range of fire extinguishers for every type of fire including electrical fires. It pays to be prepared, so call them on 0191 214 6400.

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Additional Lights & Sockets, Internal & External LED Installations

Staying Safe Around Electric

NICEIC Approved Commercial & Domestic Electricians, Lighting Systems, Electrical Contracting

Safety is the most important issue when dealing with electrics, either in the home or in the workplace. Due to the potential risks associated with electricity, those involved should adhere to guidelines and follow safety procedures. Business owners are particularly responsible for ensuring that workers and service users are protected, and understand how to stay safe as well as what to do in an emergency situation. It’s this awareness that limits the chance of accidents happening, or at least lessens their impact.

Businesses who do not practice this kind of safety awareness can be liable if something goes wrong and somebody is injured. There should be some form of safety training in place, preferably including applied first aid. The same applies if the company has allowed the use of unsafe electrical equipment, possibly resulting in a fine or even prosecution. Equipment needs to be regularly PAT tested and given verification that it is in full working order and fit for purpose.

In the home, appliances like microwaves, kettles, ovens, washing machines and fridges should be inspected for damage, wear and tear etc in this way, along with computer equipment. With computers, a malfunction can also cause a lot of inconvenience, negatively impacting a business.

Factory environments are vulnerable to risk of fire and explosion as there is a lot of varying types of dust produced, which may be ignited by a spark. Chemicals are also usually present, possibly turning an accident into a catastrophe. This means that safety awareness here is essential, along with testing of machinery and appliances.

For peace of mind, large electrical tools that are properly tested and maintained are available to hire from companies such as Rhino Plant Hire.

Design & Installation of Store Lighting, Internal & External LED Installations, Additional Lights & Sockets

Spot the Red Flags

Electrical Contractors for Commercial, Office, Industrial & Retail Clients, Shop Fit-Outs, Store Lighting

Efforts are ongoing within the UK to limit the number of people, especially the vulnerable, who fall victim to cowboys, or rogue traders. Tackling this problem can be achieved by a number of means including increased local authority trading standards involvement, and making approval schemes more affordable for reputable trades people. Communication between organisations, and the sharing of intelligence is also an extremely positive step towards making the lives of rogue traders more difficult.

There have over the years, been several reality TV shows where rogue traders are set up and exposed on camera. We have all seen the footage of the TV show host accompanied by their cameraman, hot on the heels of the latest scam builder or trades person. Questions are fired at the scoundrel, who struggles to make a hasty exit while avoiding eye contact. These scenarios are entertaining, but in reality the dodgy builder, electrician or plumber often gets away scot free, usually with your hard earned cash in their pocket!

The makers of the show along with the viewers, saw first hand the devastating effects that these unscrupulous people have on their victims. Some who have shelled out thousands are left in a no man’s land, with inferior work which will not last, or sometimes only a tiny amount of the work is completed and a pile of building materials remains. It isn’t always easy to spot a bad builder beforehand, but here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Red Flags Include:

  • A workman who is immediately available
  • A lack of references
  • A quote which seems too cheap
  • They don’t have a landline or address, just a mobile number
  • They ask for payment in cash
  • They are vague about the project finish time or final cost
  • They don’t take the time to explain the planned stages of the work
  • They refuse to sign a contract

Allied Build in Essex offer a comprehensive construction service, and use only highly qualified tradesmen including builders, electricians, plumbers and heating engineers. Give them a call on 01245 260 860.

Cat 5 & Cat 6 Data Transfer Systems, Fully Qualified 17th Edition Electrical Contractors, Smoke Detection