How to Manage your Business during a Power Cut
A power cut is a temporary loss of power, either planned or unplanned. There are a few things that cause power cuts, like extreme weather conditions or a fault that stops your supply without warning. With planned power cuts, you will be notified in advance so that the energy company can do maintenance or repairs. However, power cuts can cost businesses valuable time and money, for example, retail outlets rely on electric till systems so they won’t be able to function, and constant refrigeration is important for some food businesses and restaurants. If you have a business which relies on a steady supply of electricity for day to day running, how do you prepare and manage during a power cut – planner and unplanned?
Plan for Power Cuts
Having a plan for power cuts shows a course of action for employees to follow, which will help to protect equipment and assets during an outage. It could mean securing the building from thieves because security cameras and alarms might not be working. Other ideas might be to inform customers of the power cut so that they can place orders later.
Stay prepared for a power cut by making sure mobile phones are fully charged should you need to phone customers or local services
The plan will differ depending on the industry, but the principles are the same to minimise the negative effect a power cut has on a business.
Having a backup power supply such as a generator will mean that you can still run the electronic systems you need to function. A generator works by burning fuel such as diesel into electric energy, so in theory, providing you have enough fuel, you can continue to run a generator for some time. A 20 kVA diesel generator is at the forefront of technology, and is ideal for a range of commercial applications, from powering servers to heavy equipment. Do your research and make sure you have the right 20 kVA diesel generator for the job.
Compensation for Power Cuts
Just a single hour of downtime can cost a small business around £800, but you might be entitled to compensation for loss of earnings during a power cut, and your energy supplier should be able to help you if you want to claim on your business insurance. Your entitlement will depend on how long the power cut lasted for and the reason for it. You could also contact Ofgem for advice on claiming compensation for a power cut.
Thankfully, power cuts do not tend to last long in the UK, but it is important to be prepared if you want your business to manage. Power cuts can have a significant effect on the profitability of a business, so make it a priority to get a plan in place if you haven’t done so. Being prepared for a power cut can help you to lessen the financial damage, and help you get back up and running once the power supply is on again.