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Switch Gear Guide 2021: Circuit Breakers

If you have not heard about switchgear yet, then you need to start your research. Switchgear is an essential addition to your business to protect your expensive electrical equipment from damage.  

Circuit breakers are a form of switchgear. They are automatically operated and they behave they like the switches we use to turn lights on and off. However, instead of turning on/off when they are pushed, circuit breakers trigger when an excess of electrical current is detected. 

An excess of electrical current may occur as a result of faulty equipment within the circuit, a power cut or surge, or a short circuit. Circuit breakers detect this excess current and interrupt the current flow. This interruption protects electrical equipment further along the circuit from being affected by the overflow current.  

Passing excessive current through electrical equipment can severely damage it. This is the reason why we are advised to turn off larger electrical items connected to the mains during a power cut, to prevent damage from the power surge when the power comes back on. Circuit breakers do this automatically, and as part of the circuit, this is how they protect your equipment.  

Many businesses rely on computers and other electrical equipment heavily, and often a lot of it can be very expensive to replace. Circuit breakers help prevent replacements being necessary. This investment would save you a lot in the long term.  

Unlike a fuse, which conducts a similar function, circuit breakers can be reset. The reset can happen automatically or manually. Therefore, circuit breakers do not need to be replaced whereas fuses do. This means investing in a circuit breaker is the most cost-effective way to protect your electrical equipment because you do not have to replace the switchgear, nor the electrical equipment, in the event of an electrical current surge.  

Obviously, there are lots of variations of circuit breakers and, in this article, we are going to take a look at some of the main ones. 

Types of Circuit Breaker

A switch pole refers to the number of separate circuits that the circuit breaker controls. 

Type Abbreviation Definition 
Single Pole SP A circuit breaker which controls just one circuit 
Single Pole and Neutral SPN A circuit breaker which controls just one circuit, controlling only the hot side of the circuit. 
Double Pole DP A circuit breaker which controls two circuit 
Triple Pole TP A circuit breaker which controls three circuits 
Triple Pole and Neutral TPN A circuit breaker which controls three circuits, controlling on the hot side of each of the three circuits. 
Four Pole 4P A circuit breaker which controls four circuits 

What do Circuit Breakers Look Like? 

Circuit breakers are made in a variety of sizes.  

Small devices protect low-current circuits or sometimes individual household appliances.  

These miniature Circuit Breakers use air alone to interrupt electrical currents. 

Larger devices are designed to protect high-voltage circuits which can supply whole cities.  

Circuit breakers can terminate currents very quickly – between 30 and 150 milliseconds. This means circuit breakers act very quickly to protect your electrical equipment as wholly as possible.  

The generic, ultimate function of a circuit breaker, or a fuse, too, is to act as an automatic method of removing power (or electrical current) from  a faulty system. This is referred to as Over Current Protection Device, often abbreviated to OCPD.  

Circuit breakers are rated by two things: 

  1. the normal current they are expected to be capable of carrying,  
  1. the maximum short circuit current that they can safely interrupt.  

The latter figure will be conveyed to you via the circuit breaker’s AIC (Ampere Interrupting Capacity).  

Identifying the right circuit breaker for your specific needs may be overwhelming and confusing; that is where Energy Solutions can offer you assistance. We can advise you on your individual switchgear needs and requirements.  

How do Circuit Breakers work? 

Circuit breakers work alongside appliances, ground wires, and live wires to manage the electrical current in a building. The circuit breakers’ job is to cut off the circuit whenever it jumps above a safe level.  

Circuit breakers contain a switch, this means that it can be used more than once as the switch can just be reset. It is like your light switch; you can turn it back on (when safe to do so), it just automatically turns itself off. As aforementioned, the switch will be turned off should the circuit breaker recognise the electrical current which is passing through it to be too high.  

The Key Differences Between Fuses and Circuit Breakers 

Both circuit breakers and fuses act as switchgear which interrupts currents, but they do so in very different ways.  

Below is an overview of the differences: 

Fuses Circuit Breakers 
Replaceable Resettable 
Made of a piece of metal which melts when overheated by current, cutting off power to the circuit. Contain an internal switch which is tripped by an electrical surge, cutting off power to the circuit 
Tend to interrupt the current quicker Tend to interrupt the current slower 
Less expensive More expensive 
Prevents overheating Prevents overheating and electric shock 

Let us now take a closer look at the differences: 

Fuses 

Fuses stop electrical current because they typically contain filament, a thin piece of metal which connects the fuse to the electric circuit. This filament when it gets too hot. The melting of the filament breaks the circuit, and the electrical current can no longer pass through. An electrical current which is too high will be too powerful, creating a lot of heat energy which therefore melts the filament. Different types of fuses are designed to function with different levels of electrical current. When the level of current they are designed to function with is exceeded, that is when the filament will melt.  

Therefore, it is important that you are buying the correct type of fuses for your specific needs. There are different voltage and ratings available. Typically, it is advised that the best fuse option would be one which is rated slightly higher than the normal operating current within the circuit, just in case.  

Circuit Breakers 

Circuit breakers have two methods of working – the first is through the use of an electromagnet, and the second is through the use of a bi-metal strip.  

In either instance the breaker allows electrical current to flow across the metal conductor, connecting the circuit. However, when a current reaches an unsafe level for the electrical equipment within the circuit, the magnetic force of the magnet or the metal strip becomes strong enough to trip a metal lever. This metal lever throws the switch mechanism, breaking the current.  

An additional option for a circuit breaker is for the metal strip to bend. This action of bending throws the switch and breaks the connection, also. This protects the electrical equipment in the circuit by preventing the electrical current from affecting the equipment.  

Because circuit breakers contain a switch to turn off current access, the flow of electricity can be restored by just turning on/resetting the circuit breaker’s switch.  

In many domestic cases, circuit breakers are found in one space, often a cabinet, which contains a lot of individual switches (this is known as a breaker box). This allows for individual circuits to be switched off in different areas of a house, to allow for work or adjustment to wiring etc in that specific part. This is useful as it maximises the amount of the property which remains functional even during a maintenance period.  

Circuit breakers also include a ground fault circuit interrupter application. This function prevents electric shock, rather than only overheating/equipment damage. This feature is generally most useful for kitchen or bathrooms as electrical appliances tend to be nearer to water here, making the likelihood of electrocution higher should there be a power surge.  

Circuit breakers and fuses are not always interchangeable. For expert advice on which switchgear would work for your specific needs and circumstances, Energy Solutions are the best people to contact for impartial, expert advice on your energy queries.  

Meter Removals and Disconnection

What situations would a premise need a meter removed or disconnected? 

Realistically – not all of us will be involved in scheduling some type of meter or utilities work at some point during our lives. It is not something that you are taught how to deal with, even though it is commonplace.  

It is usually a lesser thought of aspect during both construction and demolition of properties, giving a nasty surprise to the property owner (as well as a headache from the delays). Reasons in which an individual may need to organise a meter removal or a full disconnection are as follows: 

  • Construction work is being carried out on property or on site. 
  • In order to upgrade consumption meter. 
  • In order to downgrade consumption meter. 
  • The property no longer needs a supply of gas or electricity. 
  • The property or site is being demolished.  

This list isn’t exhaustive and there may well be a litany of other reasons why you may need to disconnect your utilities supply. In this article we will primarily focus on gas and electricity siteworks (meter removals and disconnections) although this is not the only service we offer.  

I’ve never had a utility supply disconnected before – what is the process? 

We have included the general process from start to finish of a normal disconnection applicant: 

Step Action Description 
1 Apply Fill out our online application form or give us a call/email to begin. 
2 Preparation Let your current utility supplier know what your plans are, find out their process. 
3 Quote and Payment We will send you a quote for completion of work. Acceptance is needed before work can begin. 
4 Site Survey An in-person survey of your site will need to be taken. 
5 Planning Work We will prepare a comprehensive plan of action. 
6 Site Preparation Final preparations before construction work can begin. 
7 Works Completed We ensure our work is finished to the highest quality.  

Does ‘disconnection’ and ‘de-energisation’ mean the same thing? 

Disconnections are where we permanently disconnect the mains cable to your property. This is completed on properties that do not have an intended future use, and no longer require an electricity supply. It is possible to resupply the property with electricity again, you simply need to apply for a new connection. 

De-energisation occurs when the main fuse for the property is removed. This leaves the property connected to the electricity network but temporarily without power. This is most common for lighter or shorter-term construction work.  

How long until my premises is disconnected? 

This is a common question, and there is truly no way of telling. 

Because meter removals and disconnections are often such a bespoke service, both cost and timeframe cannot be estimated unless a quote is received. There is huge variety between projects as often larger projects require more planning, work, and bureaucracy etc. 

It is best to compare siteworks providers and their quotes of both price and duration. Some providers may offer slightly more expensive rates, but will complete the work much faster. Find a balance, or focus on what matters most to you. 

What information do I need before I apply to have my gas supply disconnected? 

It is advised that you are aware of a basic level of information prior to applying for your gas supply to be disconnected. This includes but is not limited to; 

  • The full address of your project site or property that is to be disconnected. 
  • If known, the diameter of the pipe to be disconnected. If you do not know this, do not panic.
  • The type, size, and serial number of your current gas meter. It is likely you will find a lot of this information within either your contract or invoice. 
  • A basic plan showing any site works you require at your property, including any and all changes you would like to make to your property. 

Why do I need to fully remove my gas or electricity meter? 

Unfortunately, most gas and electricity suppliers will continue to charge you even if you have stopped using their supply. 

This is not because of anything to do with consumption but because of a standing charge that is often included within your contract. Many meters are only leased out temporarily by asset companies, and a daily rate will continue needing to be paid.  

Over time these standing charges can really take their toll – especially when you consider that you are paying to not even use it. The only way to avoid this cost is to completely remove your meter – a service we offer. 

If you are concerned that you may have to pay this fee, it is advised to check with your current supplier. They will be well placed to advise you. It is also possible to check your latest invoice or your original contract. 

What factors to consider when choosing who to handle my meter removal or disconnection? 

There are dozens of utilities sitework specialists out there with years of combined experience between them. Often these are extensions of utilities suppliers, who have decided to lend their expertise to provision of this service. 

There are many providers of electrical, gas, and water sitework within the UK. It is sometimes difficult to know who to choose from the pile. As customer needs are so varied, it is important to consider what your needs are prior to agreeing to anything. Try to decide what is most important to you – scoring a sweet deal on the price, or the speed to get things running smoothly again? Outstanding customer service, or a proven track record? To help you make your choice we have put together a short list of factors to consider: 

  • Price: How expensive the site work will be. Many companies will be able to offer different prices for the same work. 
  • Customer-reviews: Previous customers are likely to leave reviews if service lies at either end of the spectrum. This is the quickest way to paint a picture of what a company is truly like. Try to stick to trusted review pages. 
  • Case-studies: Many providers will have content related to previous projects on their website – it is a good idea to have a read over some of their previous work to determine if they have any outstanding results. 
  • Experience: It is always a good idea to try to find a company for site work that holds considerable experience in the field. There are some things that can’t be taught and can only be learned through years of expertise. Experts are less likely to make routine mistakes and likely to provide a better service. 

Who should I contact to handle my meter removal or utilities disconnection? 

It is important to choose a reputable company with a proven track record of providing top class service. 

At Energy Solutions – we provide exactly that.  

For over twenty years we have built up our expertise in the energy sector, working tirelessly to procure the best prices for your energy. We handle all aspects of siteworks, including meter removals and full disconnections for a huge range of customers. There is nothing we haven’t seen before! 

So, if you would like to get in contact to organise a quote you can call us on 0131 610 1688 or email us at: nick@energybrokers.co.uk 

We can also be reached through webform or WhatsApp at 07757 400 788 

We look forward to hearing from you! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why would I ever need to disconnect my meter or gas supply? 

It is much more common than you may think – reasons include but are not limited to; Construction work on site, upgrade meter, downgrade meter, no longer require a gas supply, site or property demolition. 

Who do I contact to remove my gas meter? 

There are dozens of providers to choose from, so it is important to choose the right one for you.  

Energy Solutions have well over 20 years of experience handling disconnections and removals – if you are interested in receiving a quote then call them at: 0131 610 1688 

How long does it take to remove a gas meter?  

Most customers will be looking at a time frame of 4 – 6 weeks, this will vary dependant on the size of the project. Delays can and do happen.  

Can I just pause my supply and keep my gas meter? 

If you stop using gas but the meter remains, it is likely you will incur standing charges from the owner of the meter. Often gas meters are only leased to customers, full removal is the most cost-effective solution. 

Temporary Builders Supplies – Post COVID

Temporary Builders’ Supplies – Why is there a need?

When carrying out construction work, you will likely need to organise a temporary water or electricity supply. A lot of construction work, both internal and external from a building, can only go ahead with electricity to power tools and equipment. It is often too costly or simply not feasible to proceed without this. Supplies of electricity and water are not just needed for construction to go ahead, but also for powering any temporary office buildings or providing accommodation with safe water.

Some reasons why you may need a temporary electricity or water supply:

  • Building a new property and electricity is needed for construction tools, equipment, and lighting.
  • Temporary onsite generators, accommodation, or cabins need power.
  • Building or renovating a new property and power is needed for any machinery, lighting, site offices.
  • Building is being demolished and temporary power is needed to complete demolition, or for the following build.

It is likely that if you are planning a full demolition followed by a new construction that you will need to remove your existing electricity meter and convert into a temporary supply. Following demolition or construction work, the temporary connection can be converted back into a permanent supply with a meter reinstall.

Not all temporary supplies are the same – why?

The main differentiation between services required usually comes from the scale and nature of a project. Because of this, there are two main customer groups to be aware of (it is likely that you will fit into one of these groups).

The first group are those looking for a small temporary builders’ supply. This group will mainly consist of smaller domestic customers, completing work mainly on residential or small businesses. Overall power demands range from low to average.

The second group are those looking for a large temporary business supply, often for large-scale construction, demolition, or renovation projects. This group will mainly consist of large-businesses who require vast quantities of power.

Small temporary builders supply – about

You should apply for this type of temporary supply if:

  • Power is needed during small scale construction project for basic tools and lighting.
  • Power is needed for a small temporary building such as a site cabin.
  • Power is needed to bridge the gap between demolition and construction.

If you fall into this category then we have some good news for you, most temporary supplies are very straight-forward to organise when compared to larger customers. By following our 8-step guide located later on in this article you will be able to tackle this job easily.

Large temporary business supply – about

You should apply for this type of temporary supply if:

  • You are undertaking a large or multi-unit project.
  • Power is needed for site office(s).
  • Power is needed for heavy machinery or extensive lighting.

You will still be able to use our 8-step guide to help you as the steps for coordinating both supply types are very similar. There are additional requirements for business customers of this size that you will need to be made aware of – like agreeance upon a Meter Operator contract (MOP).

Important information to know for customers looking to organise a large temporary business supply

This list is not exhaustive and will vary slightly dependant on the provider. This list should be treated as a starting point to help customers who are dealing with an entirely new topic. Domestic customers will be able to use this list too, ignoring any information that does not apply to them.

  1. Site address: Find the full address of the location that the work will be undertaken.
  2. Contact info: Provide a contact name, telephone number, and e-mail that you can be reached at.
  3. MPAN number: MPAN stands for Meter Point Administration Number and will be issued when you request a new electricity supply. If you have an existing supply, you will already have an MPAN number – try looking for it on your billing invoices. If you do not have an MPAN, or haven’t applied for one yet – don’t worry.
  4. Preferred meter install date: The preferred date for your electricity supplier to install your meter. This date should allow plenty of time to be completed on construction project, cable installation, and a little leeway for timings. (Construction projects are notoriously difficult to accurately estimate timeframe for).
  5. Preferred meter type: If you would like to take advantage of day/night contracts, or sub-meter different areas of your premises then now is the time to say so!
  6. Confirm the nature of supply: Confirm with your distributor whether your supply is whole current (WC), current transformer (CT) etc.
  7. Calculate AQ: It is important to provide an estimate of annual consumption quantity, especially for large projects. If you are unsure on where to look then try starting with previous billing (if applicable) or any business data you have access to. If you are still unsure on how to tackle this then get in contact with either your agreed energy supplier.
  8. ASC: This stands for authorised supply capacity – and will be set by the distribution company. Try look within the connection agreement with the distributor for this figure (It will be in kVa).
  9. Site plan: For larger projects it is important to provide as much detail as possible to any contractors hired to complete work. This is both for safety and simply due to common curtesy.

I have found a company to complete work on a temporary/permanent supply – what are the steps I should follow?

Most companies will follow the same process for installing a new electricity supply at your premises. There will be variation in price between businesses offering this service, but the overall process from start to finish will remain very similar. We have included a table below on what to expect from enquiry, to installation.

StepActionDescription
1EnquiryGet in touch with a company online, over the phone, or in person.
2ApplicationApply using a new connection form or through business directly.
3QuoteReceive an estimation for the price of work.
4PaymentAccept or refuse quote and send payment.
5Choose Meter SupplierFind an electricity supplier and provide them with relevant information.
6Agree Installation DateAgree installation date with electricity supplier.
7Complete InstallationCompleted work for installation of electricity supply.
8Meter InstallationYour electricity supplier will install your meter and begin supply of electricity.

Who should I contact to organise a temporary supply?

Luckily at Energy Solutions, we have well over twenty years of experience in the energy procurement sector. During this time we have had the privilege of working alongside builders and M&E consultants to deliver the absolute best quality of service for customers looking to upgrade, disconnect, or set up a new utilities supply. We recognise other experts at the top of their field, and enjoy collaborating and growing professional relationships.

We can arrange changes to electricity (Single Phase, Three Phase, Half Hourly and High Voltage), gas (all supply sizes from domestic to heavy industrial) and water supplies – as well as new supply points. If you are looking for a business to provide a temporary supply at incredible rates while maintaining outstanding customer support get in touch.

If you would like to arrange a quotation then please use our online webform or e-mail us at: nick@energybrokers.co.uk

Even if you would just like a quick chat regarding our services and what we offer, feel free to give us a call at: 0131 610 1688

We look forward to hearing from you!

Common Questions

What are temporary builders’ supplies?

In this context – it refers to a temporary electricity supply to a premise that is needed for construction to take place.

Why do builders need temporary supplies?

Builders rely on electricity to power a lot of their equipment – setting up a temporary supply allows for work to begin without installing a permanent electricity supply.

A temporary mains electric supply is not available at my premises, what do I so?

Not to panic – just because you are not able to set up a temporary mains supply does not mean you will be left without electricity. We are able to offer rental of generators or explore alternative options. Enquire to find out more.

What happens to my temporary supply once building work has finished?

In most scenarios – the temporary supply will be converted into a permanent supply as you approach the end of your construction project. Otherwise, it can be removed.

Why would I ever need a temporary supply?

There are dozens of reasons – for both domestic and business customers. Construction projects will require electricity to power lighting, tools, generators, accommodation, cabins, utilities, temporary offices. It is unlikely there will be an existing electricity supply for new builds, or any usable supplies for demolitions etc.

Submetering (and why you should be doing it)

Are you a landlord or owner of a large site, such as a block of flats? If so, it is important to make yourself aware of the benefits of installing submetering.

Submetering is something you can use to track your energy usage more accurately. If you have a more accurate idea of your typical energy usage it is easier for you to manage your energy usage and therefore spot any particularly large drains on your energy supply.

If you have a better idea of what areas of your site are costing you the most then you can find the most effective form of energy efficiency to implement.

For example, if an area which requires a lot of lighting is using a lot of energy then perhaps swapping to energy efficient lightbulbs would be the most efficient swap for you to implement.

Submetering solutions are available for gas, electricity, and water. Within a block of flats, or a house which has been split into flat, there needs to be an alteration in the utilities provided in order to make sure that each tenant is definitely only paying for the utilities they use.

Connections to energy and water supplies are split at the entry point to the property, and a meter is installed for specific areas on the property.

In order to bill-accurately, and make your property appeal to tenants, sub-metering is a mandatory tool for landlords.

The Benefits of Submetering

For organisations with high energy consumption, implementing a sub-metering system can assist you in identifying areas of inefficiency.

Sub-metering in a business building can be used to educate and inform staff of (more) individual usage.

In doing this, you make it easier for behavioural changes to take place across the business. By creating these changes, you increase the likelihood of enhancing your business’ Corporate Social Responsibility profile.

DID YOU KNOW? Implementing submetering technologies can help you reduce energy use by up to 16%

Gas Sub Meters

If you’re a landlord, having submeters is beneficial for both monitoring energy usage and ensuring that multiple occupants of flats in the same building are only paying for the energy they use.

For many tenants, this option is far more attractive than splitting the cost of the overall energy used on the main meter between all occupants as it means they can be mindful of their own usage, and reap the rewards of reduced bills.

A gas sub meter is installed on the gas line that is fed into an individual area of a property. It allows for the usage to be measured individually for any area of a flat within a large housing block, or a commercial property with multiple businesses within.

Water Sub Meters

Water submeters track energy and water consumption in specific areas of a building.

Water submeters are particularly attractive options because they enable a landlord, homeowner’s association, landlord, or property management firm to charge tenants directly based off of their actual water consumption.

By choosing to install a water submeter, you are making the life of all those involved simpler and easier. Many tenants appreciate the autonomy water submeters provide them with over paying for their utilities.

Water submeters work by installing the meter on the incoming water pipe to the property. They are connected to the individual water line which provides for that particular areas, measuring the area’s total water consumption.

Typical users of submetering services include:

  1. Duplexes
  2. Townhouses
  3. Apartment blocks
  4. Commercial buildings
  5. Industrial units
  6. Public sector buildings
  7. Schools and academies
  8. Retail park developments
  9. Business parks
  10. Hotels and B&Bs

Why might you need to implement water submetering?

Stabilised Utility CostsProvide yourself with greater insight into your energy profile. You can use this information to help you identify potential areas for increased savings or efficiency.
Putting YOU in ControlIt eliminates the hassle of connecting individual water supply to the company’s water meter.
Only Pay for Actual UsageAllow yourself to better monitor usage, working towards reducing your own consumption by managing your usage.
Increased Water ConservationHelp yourself to identify areas of particular waste. By identifying these areas, you (and your tenants) can start to make sure that only water which is needed is being used.
Increased Property ValueProperly and recently metered properties have an increased value over those which use outdated metering systems.
Accurate BillingBy sub-metering each individual tenant, you make it easier for yourself to charge for energy usage accurately.

Submetering Monitoring

Any meter installed for billing purposes must be one which is approved by Ofgem/MID.

If you are thinking of installing sub-meters in your property, make sure you’re aware of the below checklist:

Ensure the meters are Ofgem/MID approved   
Read and inspect meters every two years   
Check meters are in good working order regularly   
Adhere to the RICS Code of Practice when you’re charging tenants for energy   
Installation must be carried out by qualified electricians.   

Siteworks – Who, What, Why

Siteworks – a general term for chaos

You will be familiar with the term ‘siteworks’ if you have ever had to go through the trouble of working on an energy supply for a property. Siteworks is a blanket term for all of construction work needed to either upgrade, downgrade, install or uninstall an energy supply (gas, electricity, water), installation or removal of meters, and other various construction.

The term is derived from its original construction meaning of any construction work (often underground) needed on the site in preparation for building. It is now used interchangeably. In the energy industry – sitework has grown and developed into an individual service offered by utility suppliers and others.

The most common sitework operations for the energy industry

Electricity:

SiteworksDescription
Meter UpgradeRemoval of outdated electricity meters and subsequent replacement with modern smart-meter.
Meter RemovalIf you no longer require an electricity supply at a premise (if it is to be demolished), then you will need to arrange for it to be disconnected from network and meter removed. If the building is to remain in use then it should be ‘de-energised’.
Meter RepairsOften electricity suppliers will often ‘lease’ your meter to you, and will remain in charge of any maintenance or repairs. Engineers are often provided by electricity supplier.
Accuracy TestingResolution of any reading discrepancies will require testing by specialist engineers.
New or Temporary SuppliesInstallation of a new electricity supply will require extensive siteworks – the best siteworks providers will cause minimal disruption.
Sub-MeteringDivision of larger business premises into sub-metered areas. This allows greater access to data for companies interested in their energy usage.
DisconnectionAs already mentioned, before demolition it is absolutely crucial to ensure that the building is disconnected from electricity network. This is for the safety of workers, and protection of infrastructure.
Ready to Dig SurveysBefore any building can take place on a plot of land – surveys must be conducted to determine if there is any pre-existing electricity infrastructure present.

Gas:

SiteworksDescription
Meter UpgradeRemoval of old and outdated gas meters before replacement with modern smart-meter.
Meter RemovalFor any properties that no longer require gas supply or a meter will need specialist help in removal of meter.
Meter RepairsAny issues with your meter, or any maintenance work needed to be undertaken.
Accuracy TestingGas meters do occasionally encounter issues and in order to resolve these they should be tested by an expert.
New or Temporary SuppliesAny installation of pipes or other infrastructure needed for gas supply – it is important to remember that any issues with this could leave you without gas for a long time.
Sub-MeteringIt is also possible to sub-divide areas of your property to have consumption data measured by separate meters.
DisconnectionAny property that is set to be demolished should be entirely disconnected from gas supply.
Ready to Dig SurveysOn building sites – often there will need to be specialist checks for any pre-existing gas infrastructure.

Water:

SiteworksDescription
Meter Installations and RemovalSimilarly to gas and electricity any installations or removals of consumption meters will qualify as sitework.
Meter Repairs and Sub-MeteringIt is possible to sub-divide areas of your property and measure consumption independently. Any and all meters will require maintenance and occasionally repaired.
Water-Waste Prevention ServicesInvestigations into water-waste sources for a site. This includes but is not limited to: Identification of inefficient equipment, confirmation of correct meter charges, leakage investigation, and cooling system and storage unit analysis.
Leak Detection ServicesUnderground leaks are difficult to detect and can lead to huge costs in damages. Often specialist equipment is needed.

Why could these potentially affect you?

It is likely that at some stage through either your personal or business life you will be required to deal with some form of siteworks. As you have just read – there are endless reasons why you would need to complete some form of sitework on your property, and it is simply too much to do on your own.

For domestic customers it is an added strain – the need for most utility based sitework will arise when moving or selling properties. This is already a period of incredible stress, and having to arrange all of the various sitework requires an incredibly organised individual. Even then, this burden could well be the straw that breaks the camels’ back.

If you are a business owner – then you could stand to lose vast sums of money from disruption caused by utilities sitework. Any work on live cables or pipes will require temporarily halting supply of gas, electricity, or water. This can bring production to a grinding halt for however long work is being completed – where there is serious potential to lose money. There are not many individuals at a successful business that have the free-time to dedicate to running these projects full-time, so how do you safeguard yourself against losses?

Factors to consider when choosing your siteworks provider

Luckily – there are dozens of utilities sitework specialists out there with years of combined experience between them. Often these are extensions of utilities suppliers, who have decided to lend their expertise to provision of this service.

There are many providers of electrical, gas, and water sitework within the UK. It is sometimes difficult to know who to choose from the pile. As customer needs are so varied, it is important to consider what your needs are prior to agreeing to anything. Try to decide what is most important to you – scoring a sweet deal on the price, or the speed to get things running smoothly again? Outstanding customer service, or a proven track record? To help you make your choice we have put together a short list of factors to consider:

  • Price: How expensive the sitework will be. Many companies will be able to offer different prices for the same work.
  • Customer-reviews: Previous customers are likely to leave reviews if service lies at either end of the spectrum. This is the quickest way to paint a picture of what a company is truly like. Try to stick to trusted review pages.
  • Case-studies: Many providers will have content related to previous projects on their website – it is a good idea to have a read over some of their previous work to determine if they have any outstanding results.
  • Experience: It is always a good idea to try to find a company for sitework that holds considerable experience in the field. There are some things that can’t be taught and can only be learned through years of expertise. Experts are less likely to make routine mistakes, and likely to provide a better service.

Who should you choose, plus a little about us

At Energy Solutions we are proud of our commitment to provide efficient sitework for a variety of customers – maximum efficiency with minimum disruption.

We know how much difficult it is to deal with any energy-related siteworks by yourself. By working together with us, we can relieve you of that stress. Say goodbye to paying over the odds to countless contractors, say hello to a streamlined service for an incredible price.

At Energy Solutions, we have been honing our trade for well over twenty years and have developed complete expertise over that time. We are proud to be partnered with companies such as EDF, SSE, and E.ON – and have grown wonderful relationships with one another. We are ideally situated to help you through the entire process, from start to finish.

So, if you would like to get in contact with us or just fancy a chat about our services then give us a call on: 0131 610 1688

If you would rather get in contact online, then you can submit a webform enquiry here or email us at: nick@energybrokers.co.uk

We also provide a live-chat service both on our website, and through Whatsapp. You can visit us at energybrokers.co.uk or WhatsApp: 07757 400 788.

Common Questions

What does the term ‘siteworks’ mean?

Siteworks refers to any work needed to be completed on your building site in preparation for building. It has slightly different meanings dependant on the context it is used in. For example, in the energy industry – siteworks refers to general construction and maintenance of infrastructure for utility supply.

In the energy industry, what does the term ‘siteworks’ mean?

In the energy industry, siteworks is a blanket term for any construction or maintenance work on energy infrastructure within a property. Many businesses now offer dedicated sitework services.

What types of work would be included in siteworks?

In the energy industry siteworks can include installation and removal of meters, pipes, cables etc – it is used as a general term for any construction or maintenance work of infrastructure for utility supply.

How to choose siteworks provider?

Do your research and consider the things that are most important for you to have with a provider. Businesses and domestic customers hold different goals, and sitework providers act accordingly.