A message to Konect Electrical Customers

The Directors and Management are aware and understand the concern caused for many people given the recent updates on the coronavirus outbreak.
As always the safety and security of our customers and staff members remains our highest priority. We are doing everything we can to continue to work safely and provide maximum flexibility as the situation around coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve.
For as long as safely possible we will aim to keep our business running and provide services with minimal disruption. Working together will be the key to success and we are taking actions to satisfy and give peace of mind that robust control measures are put in place to control the risk of infection. We will be working with our customers and employees to follow government advice and our staff are briefed daily and instructed to pay attention to the government guidelines.
We would like to make people feel assured that we are currently taking the threat seriously and taking all possible measures to stay safe whilst in our office or on site. Our Staff will be monitored and without prejudice be instructed to self-isolate should they show any symptoms of infection. Our staff have been asked to wash hands regularly and because of this we request that on sites and locations that we are working that there is running water for sanitary cleaning purposes.
As an independent business our plans are to keep operating until advised otherwise our main concern is the safety of our customers and staff whilst we try and support each other through this difficult period.
I personally would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business and assure you that should you need our help, advice or anything else please feel free to call me personally.

Why Commercial Electrical Maintenance is Important

Electricity is an integral part of the day to day running of an organization, whether it is lighting the offices, or running computers, through to powering equipment or keeping the office at the right temperature, it is important to keep your electrical systems up and running. Should any part of your electrical system fail, you could quickly find your business unable to operate to its full capacity until you have those systems up and running again. Electrical maintenance can often be perceived as an unnecessary expense and can be easily overlooked with other matters taking priority, however there are many benefits to ensuring your electrical systems are properly looked after.

Protection:

Electricity provides businesses with safety for your team, yourself and your visitors. Should there be a fire in the building, your electrical system will warn everyone to leave immediately, so if there is a fault with that system, it can literally be a case of life or death. Electrical fires are one of the biggest threats to commercial businesses, and therefore regular maintenance of systems can help to prevent minor faults, that could easily be fixed, becoming a dangerous hazard for anyone in the building.

Legal obligations:

Insurance providers will require you to regularly check and maintain your electrical systems to reduce the risk of there being an electrical fire, which would cause damage to property and cause you to claim on your insurance policy, therefore costing them money. In the case of there being an electrical fire, you will need to provide evidence that the electrical systems have been properly maintained and looked after in order for your insurance company to cover the costs of any damage.

Financial implications:

Although it may seem like an unnecessary cost to undertake regular maintenance of your electrical systems, the cost if you fail to do so could be much higher. Regularly checks will pick up any minor issues before they get any worse, usually while they are still cheaper to fix. The longer the issue goes on for and the worse it gets, the more it will cost to fix when it finally does get picked up.

Should there be an electrical fire or an accident where you need to make a claim on your insurance policy, your premiums will go up, costing you and your business more money.

Another cost to your business through lack of electrical maintenance is through loss of productivity, should one of your systems fail that is integral to the running of your business i.e. operating machinery or equipment.

All of this could be avoided through regular maintenance of your commercial electrical systems, giving you and your business peace of mind. Electrical maintenance should cover:

  • Fixing component failures
  • Minimises breakdowns
  • Replace broken sockets
  • Identify faulty electrical circuits
  • Water damage
  • Wear and tear
  • Re-lamping

If you are looking for an electrical contractor to provide you with excellent electrical maintenance, then get in touch to find out how we can help you.

Energy over Christmas 2019

A few days into 2020 and we can’t help but think about those cosy festive evenings, warming up next to a beautifully lit tree, and the smell of the turkey roasting in the oven, with a little bit of nostalgia for the festive period. If you are the same, wishing you weren’t on that cold commute into the office, then have a read of these interesting facts about energy and Christmas to keep that festive feeling going just a little bit longer.

Oxford Street, London

2019 was the first year that the glowing baubles on London’s Oxford Street were replaced with 27 LED light curtains, hanging above the street, consisting of 220,000 individual lights. This made them 90% more efficient than traditional lights, and allowed for the display of ‘curated, dynamic content’ such as festive messages.

If the rest of the UK were to follow suit, industry could not only become 90% more energy efficient, but switching to LED lighting would also help save businesses a considerable amount of money.

Sustainable Christmas 2019

With climate change and environmental impact on the forefront of many minds over the last twelve months, it may not be a surprise to find out that over half (52%) of people surveyed for Smart Energy GB admitted to attempting to celebrate Christmas more sustainably this year, with 24% opting for low energy lights, 22% using a smart meter to keep an eye on energy consumption, and 15% taking public transport to visit friends and family.

With that all in mind, we are still likely to have spent more on our energy bills due to turning the heating up, watching more TV and using the oven a bit more often.

Less energy used on Christmas Day

Even with all of the fairy lights, the heating on high and the turkey in the oven for what seems like forever, on average, Britain uses 20% less energy on Christmas Day. As many offices, shops and schools are closed for a few days, there is less demand on our electricity, especially as we all head off to mum’s house for Christmas dinner, our houses are left cold and unlit, using little energy.

It is a little different for those hosting, however, with the average household spending up to £50 more on gas and electricity in December. Cooking the turkey for an average of five hours in the oven can cost about £1.50 to cook, which as one and a half times a family’s standard electricity bill for a whole day.

Everything you need to know about LED warehouse lighting

Energy bills can be one of the major expenses for a business, and lighting is likely to be a large proportion of that expense. However, upgrading your warehouse lighting to LED lighting can provide considerable cost savings, reducing those energy bills.

If your warehouse currently has lighting such as:

  • fluorescent tubes,
  • halogen flood lights
  • Metal Halide Low or High Bays

Then your lighting is not as efficient as it could be, meaning your costs and carbon footprint will be high. One of the benefits to LED lighting is that it can be a simple switch from any of these inefficient solutions, causing you less stress while saving your business money.

Not only can switching your warehouse lighting to LED lighting save you money on your energy bills, it can also save your business money through reduced maintenance costs. LED lighting can be maintenance free for up to 70,000 hours, whereas incandescent lighting only lasts for up to 8,000 hours maintenance free.

An added benefit of switching your warehouse lighting to LED lighting is the impact on your carbon footprint as energy efficient lighting is a contributor on a BREEAM assessment. Reducing your carbon footprint can also help boost your employee engagement, as they will be happier especially if being eco-friendly is part of their core personal values.

When you are looking at the design and installation process, one of the things to consider is working with a company who can offer an end-to-end solution, keeping things as simple as possible for you. By designing the right lighting system for your warehouse, you can ensure that you maximise cost savings and ensure your new lighting system stands the test of time.

The exact cost savings your business can make from switching to LED warehouse lighting depends on your current lighting system and the size of your warehouse and your specific usage, however upgrading your warehouse lighting will save your business money regardless of your circumstance. Get in touch to find out how we can help.

Choosing an electrical contractor

When you are looking for an electrical contractor to complete a project for you, it can be difficult to work out what you need to be looking for exactly. What should they be able to do? What is going to make your project and job a little easier? To help you make an informed choice, we’ve pulled together the key things to think about when it comes to choosing the right electrical contractor for you and your project.

Accredited Electrical Contractors

First and foremost, the electrical contractor you choose to work with needs to have the appropriate accreditations. This is probably the most important aspect when it comes to making your decision, as that indicates the standard of work you will receive.

Is the Electrical contractor certified by the NICEIC, the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. The NICEIC assessment process covers everything from the competency to the equipment and a review of site visits undertaken by the company, requiring everything to be of a high standard in order for them to be accredited.

Other accreditations worth looking out for are the Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme ( CHAS ) , SafeContractor, and UKAS Management Assessments ( ISO 9001 for quality and ISO 14001 for the environment ). Essentially the more accreditations a company has, the better.

 

Electrical Services

Can the electrical contractor provide all the services you need for your project? Do they provide an end to end service, from design, to installation and through to maintenance? Finding a contractor that can complete your project from start to finish will help you to streamline the process, ultimately saving your business time and money.

For example if your project is to upgrade your lighting or power solutions in your offices, you will need to find a contractor who is able to correctly design in your exact needs, taking into consideration the average usage, the times of day your needs are optimum for maximum demand of your circuits and always factor in your specific requirements. They will then need to undertake the installation, working with you to be as flexible and versatile as your business needs. Finally, the contractor that you choose should have the right structure to be a long-term partner for you and your business, rather than finding a contractor for each project you undertake.

Scale and Fit

The final aspect to consider is the scale of the project you are looking to be completed. Look at other projects the electrical contractor has undertaken. Are they similar to the work you need done? Is it to the same or similar scale? Finding an electrical contractor who has delivered projects similar to yours will help make sure the project runs as smoothly as possible, as they will have experience in the area.

If you have an electrical project you are looking to get started with and need an experienced, versatile end-to-end contractor, then get in touch.