Preparing to shut your business for Christmas? Check out these top tips:

For a business owner to well truly relax over Christmas (is there really such a thing?) it’s important to plan for a succinct company closure over the holiday period. Deadlines must be met, work finalised, employees paid…all of the typical things that need to happen at the end of the year. And don’t forget to let your clients know!

But then there’s also the equipment, which must be switched off to enable an easy re-start in the New Year. If an ‘electrical shutdown’ is not done properly, you may face issues on your first day back and this will result in lost productivity…and money! This can easily be avoided with some forward thinking.

To properly shut down your production line (including all equipment such as computers, printers and other machinery as well as data equipment), you’ll need to take into consideration how different pieces of equipment and systems interact…i.e. what happens to A and B when I switch off C? In order to initiate a ‘shut down sequence’ that will ensure you don’t lose/damage important documents or compromise the functionality of your equipment, make sure whoever is manning the closure has a clear understanding of what needs to be turned off first, and thereafter.

Finally, make sure lights are off and plugs turned off at the socket to avoid the electrical charges incurred when products are left on standby.

For more useful hints and tips relating to the shutdown of your business this Christmas, read “Planning and preparing your business for Christmas shut down” on Britishgas.co.uk.

And have a very merry Christmas…from the team at CH Systems!

Contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.co.uk if you have any energy queries relating to your home or business, feel.

 
Posted on 22 December 2017 under: News
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Monitor your energy use with new Baxi technology

For company owners eager to improve the efficiency of the heating technology that drives their business, Baxi’s newly launched smart control solution will certainly pique some interest.
It’s a uSense smart control that can connect to a boiler with a downloadable app that allows users to control heating from a smartphone or table (from anywhere) as well as monitor energy use and costs so optimum money-saving settings can be calculated.

The smart control is compatible with all Baxi combi boilers that make use of the 230V switch live in a drive to provide more efficient technology in line with a growing focus on sustainable heating for homes and businesses.

Baxi has also launched a new combi boiler designed to weigh under 30kg! The Baxi 600 is small enough to fit into a cupboard and comes with new accessory; the Easy-Fill, which allows consumers to easily repressurise their boiler themselves. Perfect for small businesses! Customers will also benefit from a seven-year warranty with Baxi’s newbie.

H&V News writes that Baxi’s announcement of the launch of the new model and smart control solution reflects a broader push from boiler manufacturers to integrate or offer smart controls with their products.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 25 November 2017 under: News
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Why self-sustaining gyms are on the rise in the workplace

As a business owner, have you ever thought about a self-sustaining gym? As in…you and your employees expend energy and save the business energy with simultaneous effect?

Britishgas.co.uk recently wrote about a health club in Bristol – The Cadbury
Club – that has become one of the first gyms in the world to the ARTIS Technogym machines.

ARTIS uses unique technology that reduces energy use, recycling and renewing energy. The energy expended by people using the equipment is rerouted into the network and renewed to feed the gym – hence the term ‘self-sustaining’ gym.

So, why a gym at work when there’s one around just about every corner? Well – just becausethere are gyms, it doesn’t mean people will use them. A healthy lifestyle may improve workforce productivity and by hosting a gym at work, the ‘convenience factor’ could encourage employees to get fit, which in turn should increase work ethic – exercise produces endorphins aiding employees with more self-confidence and energy. As long as it’s fun and
voluntary.

The idea behind self-powering gym workstations is that you can use them easily to include a ‘little and often’ exercise routine into your normal working day. And if they don’t cost the business money to run…why not?

If self-sustaining gyms take off in the office environment, they could reroute workforce energy to feed the business, not just the gym! Certainly something to think about.

Contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc if you have any energy queries relating to your home or business, feel.

Source: Britishgas.co.uk – “Worlplace workouts: Self-powering gym workstations”

 
Posted on 25 October 2017 under: News
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Five top tips for choosing new office space

Choosing a new office space for your business is exciting but also stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to choose the right space and the move itself can be taxing. Britishgas.co.uk has some great advice on how to choose the best office space for your business:

The first is LOCATION – where will make your business a success? A few questions you could ask yourself include:

  • Is it the right location for my key employees?
  • Is the location convenient for clients?
  • What is the parking situation?
  • Are there amenities nearby?
  • Are there good transport links?

Next on the list is TECHNOLOGY FACILITIES & SUPPORT. Most businesses, whether small or large, cannot function without technology; speedy computers, reliable internet and all the support needed to make business happen. Choose an office that is conducive to the IT needs of your company.

Also consider where your COMPETITORS work – if, for example, you might share a building with your enemies, and whether this could pose a problem.

WORKSPACE is also essential. Is there enough space to accommodate the potential growth of your business? Does the layout work and how much freedom do you have to decorate the office as you would like? Your new office needs to fit the personality of your business and the needs of your employees.

Lastly, the COST. Probably the most annoying aspect of the search for a new office but it’s important to be realistic; what can your business afford? There’s no point putting your business in jeopardy before you’ve even moved!

Think realistically but also remember to accommodate the dreams you have for your business, in your new office space!

Source: Britishgas.co.uk – “Choosing the right office space for your business”

 
Posted on 25 September 2017 under: News
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Why business owners are worried about “switching off”

New research by outsourced communications provider Moneypenny has revealed that millennials are more likely to want time offline than other generational groups.

The amount of time spent with phone and email access is a particular problem for 25-34 year olds, 73 per cent of whom would like time switched off from their devices, compared with 53 per cent of 45-54 year olds, and 40 per cent for over 55s. The survey also revealed that millennials are more proactive than their older work colleagues in trying to spend time disconnected from work: 38 per cent of 25-34s compared with 21 per cent of 45-54s.

And yet in spite of the desire to disconnect there is a persisting worry over the consequences of switching off – a trend shown to be more prevalent in millennial business owners, of whom only 9 per cent were not worried about disconnecting. In the older age group (45-54), 40 per cent of business owners had no worries about time away from technology.

The reason business owners might choose to keep connected even when they’d prefer a break is because they’re concerned they’ll miss customers (22 per cent), that the admin will pile up (21 per cent) or that they’ll be held responsible for something going wrong when offline.

All valid concerns and yet business owners  frequently ignoring their mobiles, with 28 per cent ignoring calls from clients and 56 per cent ignoring calls from friends and family.

Joanna Swash, MD of Moneypenny, commented: “Fortunately there is a wealth of solutions available to ensure business keeps working during the holidays, from virtual PAs to automated answering systems, so there’s no reason to be taking calls from the sun lounger.”

If you have any energy queries relating to your home or business, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Source: Phamnews.co.uk – “MILLENNIALS MOST LIKELY TO SWITCH OFF”

 
Posted on 24 August 2017 under: News
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What if Wimbledon could power your computer?

Federer did it again. Of course he did; the man’s a machine! With eight Wimbledon championships under his belt Roger Federer has broken the record for most championship wins.

It’d be interesting to know exactly how much energy the tennis star has had to produce over the years as he’s wacked his way into the annals of sporting fame. In fact, Britishgas.co.uk has investigated this very idea. OK, not relating to Federer per se; more about the amount of energy generated at Wimbledon from crowds cheering in the stands to tennis pros burning mega calories as they play.

Apparently, men’s finalists burn an average of 2100 calories per championship match; an energy output of over 2.50kWh! A woman’s final produces more than 150kWh. How does this translate practically (hypothetically)?

Well – on average, your laptop computer uses between 50W – 100W when in use, which means that the power of seven men’s finals would generate enough energy to power your laptop for a year! Five men’s finals could keep an LED lightbulb (typically lasting between 20,000 to 50,000 hours) shining for more than two years!

One woman’s final could keep your iPad charged for a year.

Impressed? Just wait. The London marathon – you know it, right? Before the race (which took place on April 23), a total of 253,930 people were expected to participate. With this statistic in mind; if a single participant competing in the marathon uses an equivalent 3.045 kWh of energy, then the total amount of energy consumed by the entire marathon is a mammoth 752.3 mWh.

Imagine your business could employ its own personal Roger Federer or better yet; a team of pro runners, to create enough energy to power the workstations on your premises? Sustainable and cost-effective, surely? Nice to dream. But who knows – we live in a world where anything and everything is possible!

If you have any energy queries relating to your home or business, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Sources: Britishgas.co.uk – “Wimbledon: How much energy can tennis pros generate?” and “The power produced by runners competing in the London Marathon”

 
Posted on 24 July 2017 under: News
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Plumbing advice for business owners moving property

Is your business moving to a new property? If so, it’s important to check that the plumbing, pipes, taps and fittings on the new premises are in proper working order – to avoid time consuming inconvenience and the costs incurred there from.

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created an easy five-step guide to help property owners ensure that their plumbing is in top notch condition. The advice is based on the invaluable experience of the approved Watersafe plumbers who are often the first port of call when there is a problem, and aims to facilitate a smooth transition into a new property. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Find the internal stop tap (usually found where the water supply enters the premises) and make sure it’s working properly and you can turn it on and off easily, in case you need to in an emergency.
  • Check your boiler’s service history – how old it is and how regularly it’s been serviced. If there’s a cold water tank in the attic, make sure it’s clean and that it has a lid fitted.
  • Look out for leaky taps, toilets and radiators. Tell-tale signs to look out for are: loss of pressure, rust, water stains on the walls, floors or carpets, or mould on ceilings and walls.
  • Find out whether the property has lead water pipes – usually a dark matte grey pipe that turns shiny when scraped with a screwdriver. Drinking water that has passed through lead pipes can be harmful so you might want to replace them with copper or plastic ones.
  • Check if there’s a water metre, which could be in the ground outside the front of your house, or inside near the stop tap. If you have a water meter you’ll be charged for the amount of water you use rather than an estimated amount.

If you’d like further information or plumbing advice, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Sources: Watersafe.org.uk – “Moving home? Our plumbers’ top tips” and “New home? Check your plumbing”.

 
Posted on 25 June 2017 under: News
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Keep the air cool and cost-effective in your business this summer

One might assume that because winter’s over and the heating is finally off, that energy costs will take a dip but this is not necessarily the case! There’s nothing more uncomfortable than working in a scorching hot office, which is why businesses tend to crank the air conditioning with little hesitation – and cold air costs! But there are ways to help your business save money this summer:

  • Service and repair (if necessary) your current air conditioning system, to keep it running smoothly and efficiently; preventing inconvenient costs from cropping up throughout the summer months.
  • Keep the cool air in by insulating your business premises, and if using air conditioning remember to keep windows and doors shut to keep the cool air from flowing out.
  • According to the Energy Department, you can save as much as 10 per cent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 3°-4°C for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
  • The days are longer, which presents the perfect opportunity for businesses to take advantage of natural lighting. Fluorescent bulbs use around 75 per cent less energy than the standard light bulbs but apart from that, why not figure out where the sun will be and when, and rearrange the layout of your business space accordingly? Move desks around so that they are not in direct line with the main window when the sun is beaming in throughout the afternoon. This way you can keep your blinds open and your lights off.
  • Using a fan can help increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system.
  • If you’re not using an air conditioner, open windows and doors to ventilate the office and relax business dress to keep staff cool and happy at work.
  • Turn off anything that creates heat when not in use, such as printers and monitors.

For more excellent tips on how to cut down on energy costs this summer, read “Summer energy tips: How to cut down on costs” on Britishgas.co.uk.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 25 May 2017 under: News
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Project Dragonfly

Poject Dragonfly by CH Systems

CH Systems has been involved in Project Dragonfly, down in Erith, and we recently completed the installation of all pipework in the fourth Ocado Customer Fulfilment centre. The warehouse sits on a circa 40 acre site close to the River Thames. The warehouse unit when complete will have 560,000 sq ft of distribution space with offices totalling 27,857 sq ft. The warehouse unit will have 72 dock and 16 level access doors, and room for 326 cars and 287 HGVs.

Poject Dragonfly by CH Systems in Erith

Within the scope of works we carried out the following:

  • Boiler and plant room pipework installation including 2no Ideal Imax Xtra floor standing condensing boilers and 2no Andrews MAXXflo gas fired water heaters.
  • Within the plant room there was also 4no Air Handling Units which were fed off the heating circuit.
  • All of the heating pipework was installed in Low Carbon Steel Mapress all the way to 108mm OD in excess of 1200 meters.
  • All of the domestic pipework over 2000 meters was installed in Copper Mapress up to and including 54mm.
  • All the second fix of 60 toilets, 6 showers, numerous hand wash basins and 4 squatting toilets.
  • Over 450 meters of Geberit HDPE soil pipe was installed to serve all the waste outlets on site.

Once again we received a large amount of project support from our suppliers, including BSS and Smith Brothers Stores, as well as Geberit who supplied all the pipe fittings across the project.

In summary this was the largest project we have completed to date, and we’d like to thank our team of fitters, as well as the upstream management for their hard work, ensuring this all ran smoothly.

If you’d like further information on our involvement with Project Dragonfly, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 16 May 2017 under: News, Recent Projects
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New Ereba air-to-water heat pump cuts costs for small businesses

As the owner or manager of a small commercial property you’ll be interested in CIAT Ozonair’s new range of high efficiency Ereba monobloc air-to-water heat pumps, which provide heating and cooling at minimal cost.

The pump can be used as a stand-alone heating source in small commercial applications, or to augment/back-up conventional boiler-based heating systems in existing buildings. With a high water outlet temperature of up to 60ºC at 10ºC ambient, Ereba covers the full spectrum of heating and hot water requirements, and is compliant with all types of radiators and underfloor heating systems.

The packaged system comes complete with an integrated hydraulic module, Class A variable-speed pump, and a built-in expansion tank. An automatic air purge system ensures it continues to operate efficiently without the need for manual intervention or frequent maintenance.

The variable speed inverter-controlled fan enables gradual soft-start ramp up to protect power supplies, plus a night mode for super-quiet operation when end users and neighbours are sleeping.

The electronic controller manages all operating parameters and allows multiple settings, including Time Clock control, Mode, and Day and Night functions, via the “Touch ’n’ Go” setting.

The full Ereba range includes nine models, five single-phase and four three-phase models.

If you’re interested in the technical details of the monobloc air pump, read “NEW EREBA AIR-TO-WATER MONOBLOC HEAT PUMP” at hpmmag.com.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 25 April 2017 under: News
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