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Power Quality – Load Surveys

With rising electricity costs the importance of knowing electricity usage patterns within your business can empower you to make informed decisions which may ultimately save you money.
At Chief Electric we can conduct Power Quality and Load Surveys which will give you insights on your electricity usage patterns.
The results when coupled with analysis of your business processes can provide valuable detail on where potential savings may be made.
A slight change in timing of processes, changing to different energy provider or simply moving to a different tariff can result in cost savings.
Another use case is the targeting of older or less energy efficient machinery, lighting or heating circuits, by gathering energy consumption usage with more granularity you can weigh up the cost/saving benefits of upgrading to newer more energy efficient equipment vs. keeping the existing.

Contact us here for more information.

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Reduce your energy costs and tax bill

ACA and Triple E

The Accelerated Capital Allowance (ACA) is a tax incentive scheme that promotes investment in energy efficient products & equipment. The ACA is based on the long-standing ‘Wear and Tear Allowance’ for investment in capital plant and machinery, whereby capital depreciation can be compensated through a reduction in an organisation’s tax liability.

The ACA scheme allows a sole trader, farmer or company that pays corporation tax in Ireland to deduct the full cost of the equipment from their profits in the year of purchase. As a result, the reduction in tax paid by the organisation in that year is currently 12.5% of the value of capital expenditure. By contrast, the Wear and Tear Allowance provides the same tax reduction, but this is spread evenly over an eight-year period.

For cars coming under the category “Electric and Alternative Fuel Vehicles” the accelerated allowance is based on the lower of the actual cost of the vehicle or €24,000.

A full list of eligible products may be found on the SEAI website, this includes energy efficient lighting products, motor and drive control.

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(EVSE) Electric Vehicle Charging Units

Chief Electric provide a range of car charging solutions suitable for both home and businesses.

Contact us and we can advise you on the options available and provide you with a quotation based on the charger option and site survey.

As a (REC) Registered Electrical Contractor with Safe Electric we will provide you with the necessary certificate and test records required for the SEAI grant scheme once we have completed the installation of your vehicle charging unit.

With the SEAI grant scheme you may receive up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of an electric vehicle home charger unit.

Note that the SEAI have now announced that users of Company Cars are now eligible to avail of the grant scheme.

Here is an overview of the process involved with respect to the SEAI grant scheme.

1: Visit the SEAI web portal and complete the Electric Vehicle Grant Online Application Form

2: Once your application has been approved, you will receive a Letter of Offer. This will be issued to you complete with a set of Terms and Conditions and a Payment Request form.
From when you receive your Letter of Offer, you have 6 months to complete the installation of your charge point.

3: The work can only be performed by a fully qualified electrician who is registered accordingly with Safe Electric Ireland.

4: Once the installation is completed you should complete the Payment Request Form. This will be completed by you and your Electrician.
Your Electrician must provide you with a copy of the Certificate Number 3. Review this and ensure it is completed properly.
Post your Payment Request Form to the address indicated on the Form together with the following items:
– Fully signed and completed Payment Request Form including bank account details
– Certificate Number 3 with Test Record sheet from Electrician
– Vehicle Registration Form (not required for a New car purchased in Ireland)
– Photographs of the installed charge point and the EV showing vehicle registration plate.

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How to find the cause of a tripping RCD

How to find the cause of a tripping RCD.

So your RCD has suddenly tripped now none of your socket outlets are working.
This quick how to should enable you to quickly find the fault, follow the below steps sequentially for a quick solution.
This guide assumes that you have power to your premises and only deals with socket circuit faults.
If you still have lighting in your premises but none of your sockets are working follow the guide below, otherwise there are more serious issues involved and it is not recommended that you attempt to carry out any further exploratory work except for ensuring that the surrounding electricity customers are also without power. If this is not the case contact your local registered electrical contractor immediately and they shall advise.

1: Locate your CU (Consumer Unit, commonly reffered to as a fuse board) this will usually be located in a utility room near the back door of your premises or inside the front door of your premises.

2: Determine the MCBs (Miniature Circuit Breakers) which are associated with your socket circuits, these will usually have a marking of B20. The CU should also be legibly marked clearly indicating which MCBs are for sockets.

3: Switch off all the MCBs which are controlling the socket circuits.

4: Reset your RCD, this should be clearly marked on your CU and with most new RCDs also has a blue coloured switching mechanism and test button.
If at this point the RCD immediately trips you should double check that all the socket circuit breakers are in the off position. Note the off position is when the MCB is in the down state this is the opposite to your standard light switch.

5: If point (4) fails above you should proceed by plugging out all devices plugged into each socket outlet as there could well be an Neutral to Earth Fault in some device. You can then reset the RCD and start plugging back in devices until the RCD again trips. If the RCD trips will all devices plugged out then the issue may be more serious and we recommend that contact your local registered electrical contractor for further assistance.

6: With your RCD reset you should proceed to enable the socket MCBs one by one, At the point where you find the RCD trips after enabling a certain MCB stop the procedure.

7: Now disable the MCB that caused the RCD to trip and enable all the other MCBs, finally reset your RCD.

8: If your RCD stays solid then you have successfully diagnosed the faulty socket circuit.

9: To find the faulty appliance which is causing the RCD to trip you must now disconnect all items which are plugged in to this circuit.

10: Once you have unplugged all appliances that on the faulty circuit you must then re-enable the MCB which initially tripped the RCD.
If at this point the RCD trips double check that all appliances have been unplugged and repeat from step (7).

11: If the RCD continues to trip you should contact your local registered electrical contractor as there must be an issue with the hardwiring or outlets.

12: If your RCD stays on after unplugging all devices then the next thing to do is plug them in one by one until you find the appliance that trips the RCD,
At this point you have now successfully identified the faulty appliance.

13: Leave this item unplugged and plug back in all other items then reset your RCD.

14: All that’s left to do is get this item checked out by a professional or return it if under warranty, a likely source of the problem would be a kettle or toaster.