Money-Saving Tips For Electricity in the Office

Money-Saving Tips For Electricity in the Office

SMEs need to find ways to save every penny they can find, and what better place to start than by saving on electricity and utility bills? You would be pleasantly surprised at how smart-saving tips for electricity can put money back into your pocket ( or that of the business). 

Be aware of which appliances are Vampire guzzlers. Vampire guzzlers are those appliances and devices that consume energy even when they are switched off but are still plugged into the wall socket. Get your team to pull the plug – literally – out of kettles, TV screens, modems, computers and anything else electrical when they lock up to go home at night, or when not in use. 

Computers are also power guzzlers – we are not aware of how much power computers consume when we leave them running unattended, and how much heat they generate. 

If the power is out when you leave at night, remember electrical appliances will come back on once the power comes back on. 

The air-conditioning unit and lights do not need to be switched on in the boardroom or other rooms when not in use. Switch the lights and air-conditioner off to save on electricity, as it all adds up unnecessarily. 

At the end of the day, remind everyone in the office to switch the lights off because this will save thousands in the long term. It is unnecessary to pay for lights that are not being used. 

Switching to laptops will save money; not only are they more mobile than desktop computers, but they use less energy and power. 

For businesses keen on using desktop computers, investing in newer, energy-efficient models will save money on power at the end of the day. 

If you are in the market for any other electrical equipment such as all-in-one devices, switching to energy-efficient machines will save energy and are eco-friendly, too. 

LED lights are also great for energy-efficient savings. Bear in mind that every little bit will help when it comes to saving on electricity bills, and the more money saved will result in more money to spend on growing the business. If everyone does their bit, everyone benefits.

These energy-saving tips are easy to put into practice and can make a huge difference to the bottom line of any size business. 



5 Ways To Protect Your Business From Lightning Surges

Three Important Things You Need To Know About UPS

It is important to determine how many devices you need to have plugged into your UPS when running a small business or medium enterprise. 

Most SMEs cannot afford to have downtime and loss of revenue, and if this can be avoided altogether, even better. Damage to your computers, modems, phones and other electrical devices puts pressure on the revenue of businesses that are reliant on their electrics. 

Always buy more than you actually need – most burgeoning businesses employ more staff members and need more devices to work on as they expand and grow. 

Here are three important things you need to know about investing in your UPS 

  • Most UPS systems provide protection on some ports only. In many instances, the outlets that are actually powered by the battery will be less than the maximum amount of ports 


  • A much less expensive UPS System can cut expenses by providing power (battery backup power) by supplying between four and six outlets with power; the remaining outlets are left without power. It is best to be aware of the configuration of a cheaper UPS especially when caught unaware when the power goes out. Being forewarned is being forearmed 


  • You need to find out how much power the devices connected to your UPS unit will use. Should the collective amount of power add up to more than the UPS can deliver, they will not work. In most instances, the amount of power that is being supplied is usually stated before the letters “VA” which stands for Voltage Amps. It is advisable to ask your UPS supplier for assistance if you are unsure of the amount of power needed 

Once voltage and wattage have been configured – you should think in terms of how long your office electrics will need to run when the power goes out. Many businesses require UPS systems to save work after the power goes out; then again, other entrepreneurs and small business owners invest in UPS systems to carry on work when the power goes out, which could be in the region of an hour. Many small business owners are thinking smart and doing everything in the cloud, resulting in work being retrieved when needed. 


UPS Supply Brands

UPS Supply Brands

There are numerous UPS Supply Brands to choose from – the big question is – which one suits your business needs best, and which one will you invest in for your specific business applications? 

PHDs three Line Interactive UPS Systems are all excellent choices; the difference lies in what your individual requirements are and how many devices you will need to keep running when the power goes out. Line-interactive UPS systems are not that different to Reserve UPS systems although they come equipped with a multi-tap variable-voltage autotransformer. 

Line Interactive UPS systems have been designed to equip electrical devices with battery power that is reliable and to keep computers up and running long enough to save work and to protect electrical devices from being damaged when the power goes out or when lightning strikes – protection against dips, surges, hikes and black-outs and brown-outs. 

The three main UPS supply brands that we present to businesses are: 

  • The T1X Series (Line Interactive UPS System (650 VA – 2KVA) 

There are a couple of obvious advantages to investing in this system, which includes reliability, cost-effectiveness, plus it comes equipped with surge and overload protection. The T1X Series has USB communication facilities and is micro compressor controlled. 

Transfer time, typically, is between 1 – 6 minutes, with a maximum time of 10 minutes. Backup time ranges from 10 minutes to 42 minutes, depending on what devices are plugged into the UPS system. Typical recharge time is between four to six hours with a recovery of 90%. 

This brand offers full protection overload, discharge and overcharge protection. There is also an alarm that sounds every ten seconds when the battery runs low; the alarm sounds every couple of seconds when there is an overload on the system. There is also a battery replacement alarm. 

This UPS system is noiseless and can operate in high humidity. 

  •  The AEC T1 Series – Line Interactive UPS System (700VA – 1KVA) 

This Line Interactive UPS System offers excellent performance and dependability, plus it comes equipped with maximum surge and overload protection. 

It has advanced MCU control technology, is compact and stylish which is perfect for small office use. 

The AEC T1 Series Line Interactive UPS is well-priced and offers enhanced efficiency, plus it is sufficiently powerful for desktops, conforming to all the essential safety precautions. It is noiseless offering fast, low voltage protection. 


  • The AEC T2 Series Line Interactive UPS System (1KVA – 3 KVA) 

The AEC T2 Series presents the latest in MCU technology and gives you more bang for your buck. The UPS system is dependable, offering enhanced surge protection. 

The T2 targets users that need protection from unstable power from the utility. This is a reliable system with constant voltage storage. 

Which UPS suits your needs best? The first step in the right direction is to calculate how many devices need protecting from unstable power. 

Hand on the switch

Nine Things You Need To Know About Surge Protection in the Office

Think smart and think out of the box by getting surge protection for your business – this is especially useful if you run a small to medium enterprise. 

Before you start shopping around, there are a couple of great tips you might find useful when investing in surge protection in the workplace. Surge protectors are great for adding a couple of extra electrical outlets and for protecting the sensitive equipment that you don’t necessarily want to replace as a result of damage caused by unstable power. 

Choosing surge protection for your business can be confusing with the wide range of offerings – in other words, it is confusing what you can get for your money, what is not worth the money spend etc. 


  • Bear in mind that surge suppressors and power strips and surge protectors differ from one another – they are not the same devices – power strips are multi-outlet products that are cheap and assist in giving users more plug outlets for their devices and do not offer any protection whatsoever from unstable power 
  • Surge protectors are cost-effective and unlike power strips, they protect your sensitive electrical appliances against dips, hikes and surges 
  • You will soon discover that your surge protector will protect your electrics in joules. The more joules you have the better the protection (if there is a mammoth surge, your appliances will then be protected against this) 
  • When surge protection has many joules, it can also protect multiple devices against surges 
  • Your surge protection will diminish over time and therefore will lose its effectiveness in protecting your office equipment 
  • Keep an eye out for surge protectors that offer a guarantee on the devices that are connected to the surge protection device – it might be worth your while if your equipment is damaged even though it is connected to a surge protector 
  • It’s a smart move to invest in more outlets than you need – as your business grows and you hire more staff, there will in all probability be more devices to plug in. This will prevent you from having to invest in more surge protection gear 
  • Your phones can also be affected by power surges – get surge protectors that have phone cable outlets to protect your phones from lightning strikes or any other power surges that could damage your electric equipment 
  • If your surge protector has USB outlets it might be a smart move to check the output amp rating for speedy charging 

It is a wise option to invest in a surge protector for your small to medium business but how much you need will vary from one situation to the next; most surge protectors are inexpensive, therefore worth getting.