Poor or insufficient electrical maintenance can cost your business both time and money. Businesses rely heavily on the efficient running of their equipment, and any electrical failure can lead to interruptions, costly repairs, energy wastage and risk to worker safety. Read on to find out the four ways poor electrical maintenance can cost your business and how to prevent it from happening.
1. Increased Interruptions & Distractions
Distractions at work cost businesses millions. According to a survey, nearly 70% of workers reported feeling distracted while at work. Many of these distractions and interruptions stem from technology, with smartphones and computers commonly proving to be dilemmas for workers trying to concentrate. Other issues (like lack of lighting) can also make it hard for workers to focus on their job. Poor electrical maintenance contributes to these distractions because without proper monitoring, computers can fail, electrical circuits can overload and lightbulbs can remain unchanged for years.
2. Expensive Repair Cost
Lack of an effective electrical maintenance program can result in expensive repair costs. If a business doesn’t perform maintenance checks, faulty electrical equipment and wiring may go unnoticed until it’s too late and in need of repair. Unfortunately, the cost to repair electric equipment can be expensive. Prevention is always better than cure, and if your business wishes to avoid any unexpected costs, then it’s vital to regularly maintain equipment. Regular electrical maintenance will save money in the long-term and help to keep machinery and technology working at their optimum levels.
3. Can Put Employee At Risk
Electrical maintenance ensures equipment is operable and safe. Electrical safety in the workplace should be treated as a priority, since the consequences of having no safety barriers in place can be fatal. There are many risks of electrical hazards, including faulty equipment and mishandling of power-operated machinery or equipment. The most common electrical risk is contact with exposed live parts, causing electric shock and burns, as well as electrical faults that can cause fires or explosions. Lack of electrical maintenance can also impact your business emergency plan. If electrical components in smoke and fire alarms, security systems or emergency exit signs aren’t working, then you are putting your workers’ lives at risk. Proper electrical maintenance prevents these dangers or risks from occurring, keeping your business and employees safe.
4. Inefficient Use Of Energy
If your business hasn’t employed regular electrical maintenance, chances are your lighting and electrical equipment is outdated. Old light bulbs (such as incandescent or halogen bulbs) use a lot more energy than modern energy-efficient lightbulbs. Lighting accounts for a major portion of energy costs, and if your business isn’t using LED or CFL light bulbs, you could be running up those costs. Running an energy-efficient business will significantly lower your energy bill, as well as increasing your negative impact on the environment. Without regular electrical maintenance, you are likely to be unaware of these energy wasters including common energy leaks such as poor heating and cooling appliances, high energy consuming computers and appliances, and equipment left in standby mode.