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Van Thefts

Theft by any means is inconvenient, intrusive and distressing, but vehicle thefts where tools and other work equipment is taken, the impact can be extremely costly.

There is no doubt that thefts from work vans is on the increase. In the UK, a van is broken in to every 23 minutes. There were 22,749 reported thefts from vans in 2016 and its not only your tools that the thieves are interested in. Vans are also being stolen and their parts sold on!!!

From a tradesman’s point of view, a theft of work tools can mean the cancellation of work, adding to the further cost. Some tools can be difficult to source, expensive to purchase and some can even have sentimental value. The impact that this has on us has a profound affect on our business.

There are ways that you can help prevent or at least reduce the impact of these crimes.

Ultimately it is incredibly important that you take the time when getting your belongings insured, to make sure that you are adequately covered.

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Storing renewable energy

Solar panels and roofing has come a long way in the last few decades. Many homeowners and companies are now feeling the benefit from this renewable energy. Solar systems are now so efficient that many installations feed into the grid during the day as they are not using all the electricity that is produced. But what happens when the sun goes down?

Many customers are not benefitting from the energy that they are producing during peak times due to the reduced light levels at the end of the day. The solution to this seems to be developing a method of storing the unused energy which is produced during the day.

The UK is very keen to develop this kind of technology as this will reduce the dependence on conventional power stations. Trials are taking place already with the installation of rechargeable batteries which can store 2-4kWh of power. The installation cost for these batteries are working out at around £2,000 (and this does not include the cost of the solar panels) but these cost a very likely to come down.

This technology has opened up a new and exciting niche in the market. It is important that electrical engineers keep up to date with the ever changing technology.

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