With the cost of living increasing and energy and fuel prices on the rise, we thought we’d take a quick look at a few ways you can save energy and money at home, in the workplace and even on the road.
1. Turn off the lights!
Always turn lights off when leaving a room. The typical household could save almost £20 a year just by doing something as simple as getting in the habit of switching off the lights as you leave the room. Be aware of how many lights you have on in a room. If you have the main light on, do you need the lamp on too?
In some settings it may be worth installing dimmer switches or motion/occupancy sensors to save costs. Modern light dimmers save you energy, and they also extend the life of your light bulbs. Motion sensors work by turning the lights off when they no longer sense anyone in the room, protecting against energy loss from leaving lights on when no one is using them.
Dimmer switches, motion sensors and timer switches are available from your local TNR branch.
2. Switch to LED Lighting
According to Energy Saving Trust you can save £2-3 per year for every traditional halogen bulb you switch to a similarly bright LED bulb. Replacing a 50W halogen with an LED equivalent could cut your energy costs by £75 over the lifetime of the bulb, not including the cost of replacing the halogen bulbs you would have used. Energy-efficient lighting helps lower electricity bills and carbon dioxide emissions, all without reducing the quality of light in our homes.
Each of our branches stock a superb range of LED lamps and tubes for every application.
3. Set your room thermostat
Did you know that heating and hot water accounts for over half of what you spend on your energy bills?
A room thermostat prevents your heating system from using more fuel than it needs to. It will turn the heating on until the room reaches the temperature you have set and then off until the temperature drops below your programmed temperature.
The thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18°C and 21°C. You don’t need to turn your room thermostat up when it is colder outside; the house will heat up to the set temperature whatever the weather, however it may take a little longer on colder days. Turning up your room thermostat doesn’t make your home heat any faster.
Setting your thermostat just 1°C lower could result in a saving up to £80 a year on your heating costs!
Speak to your local TNR branch about our range of thermostats.
4. Replace old heaters and bathroom radiators
Whether it’s heating options for your home, office or hotel, Rointe provide technologically advanced, energy efficient electric heating systems that create comfortable properties without excessive consumption or unnecessary costs.
Replacing your old, outdated storage heaters with new, stylish and energy efficient electric radiators with technology such as Wi-Fi control and smart energy software will lower your energy bills and reduce the impact on the environment.
Rointe Smart Heating is available from your local TNR branch, take control of your heating, anytime, anywhere.
5. Go electric!
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are an increasingly attractive option, due to the expanding choice of models available and intensifying concerns about air quality and climate change. While the initial upfront purchase price can be higher, this is usually offset by benefits such as lower running costs, free parking, no congestion charge and an increased resale value.
If you’ve already got an EV it’s also worth noting that the cost of using public chargers has recently increased, making it much more expensive to charge your car in public, compared to using your own personal charger at home. Installing a Zappi (Britain’s best-selling eco-smart electric vehicle charging device) could save you hundreds in the long run.
Click here for more information on the zappi and the myenergi range of accessories
Free Energy Surveys
We pinpoint where savings are available. We assess your energy usage based on your currently installed products and use further site information such as room sizes, required lux or heat levels, hours of usage etc. to design an appropriate scheme and to offer simple to understand payback calculations.
Efficient technologies consume less energy and often result in a more comfortable working/learning environment, as well as lower energy bills, and can reduce both short and long term maintenance over the lifetime of the product.
- Improve business finances
- Save money and prolong life of appliances
- Reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills
Take the first step to saving money and call your local branch today!
Huge congratulations to our Commercial Director, Simon Thwaite who enjoyed a magical night at the Electrical Distributors’ Association’s (EDA) Annual Education & Training Awards in London on Thursday 3 March 2022.
Simon was presented with an Investor in Training Award for championing the EDA Product Knowledge Modules.
Over 500 guests attended the dinner, hosted by celebrity magician, Ben Hanlin. After performing his own brand of mind-bending magic, Ben presented Investor in Training trophies to just nine hand-picked, high performing leaders from EDA wholesalers and manufacturers.
Everyone at T.N. Robinson would like to offer their warmest congratulations to Simon on this well-deserved award.
As we approach our centenary year we thought we’d take a little look back at the first 99 years of Stockport’s oldest established wholesale electrical distributor.
Where it Began
Mr Thomas Needham Robinson was an enterprising gentleman with an eye to the needs of his time, he worked in all the departments of the Mill Gate Generating Station and the Corporation Tramways Department.
Just after the First World War he went into partnership with two local businessmen manufacturing DC motor starters. The Penny Lane premises off Lancashire Hill in Stockport were small, but big enough to manufacture the starters from a Ferranti Ltd. patent.
In 1923 the sale of starters declined so the group expanded into factoring electrical accessories. Potential was obvious to the discerning Mr Robinson and in September of that year, he opened his own factoring business in a lean-to wooden shed under No. 4 Arch of the Railway Viaduct, Daw Bank, Stockport.
In those early days the passing traffic in Stockport’s Daw Bank was horse-drawn, and the founder, his wife and a delivery lad advanced the business. (The lad, Alfred Bennet, who began by delivering by bike and handcart eventually became General Manager and completed over 60 years of service!)
T.N. Robinson’s soon became the wholesalers to contact for trade and industrial supplies, and in 1928 T.N. Robinson became a founder member of the Stockport Chamber of Commerce.
On 1 January 1937 T.N. Robinson joined the Electrical Distributors’ Association – EDA (only two companies have a longer EDA heritage). By 1939 Robinson’s was one of the main suppliers of electrical components and appliances to the trade. Letters of thanks relating to their quick adaption in catering for Ministry contracts are still on file, lasting proof of their worthwhile war effort.
In 1951 the Company opened new premises on Daw Bank with a total area of 20,000 square feet, being about 20 times bigger than the original lean-to, and compromising a fine showroom, offices and stockrooms.
Demand has continued and the building has been extended again and again for the increasing business.
Founded on a Family
Mr Robinson (below, 1955) died in 1959. His daughter, Mary Drake (nee Robinson) became Chairman of the Board of Directors, and her husband, Wilfrid Drake, who had joined the firm in 1945, became Managing Director. Their sons Michael and Anthony became actively engaged in the day to day running of the firm, with Michael eventually taking over as Managing Director. Pictured in 1981 (L to R) are Michael Drake, Wilfrid Drake & Alfred Bennet.
Fifty years ago, in 1972, a small, well established company of Electrical Distributors in Crewe were acquired, expanding the area covered by the company. This was followed in June 1980 with another branch added in Ashton-Under-Lyne.
New branches followed in Macclesfield (1983), Chester (1993), Rochdale (2003) and Warrington (2003), continuing T.N. Robinson’s expansion across the North West of England.
In January 2016 Michael Drake became Chairman of the Company, with his son, Chris Drake (T.N’s great grandson) taking over the Managing Director duties.
Chris didn’t waste any time in further expanding the Company, and in 2017 T.N. Robinson opened 3 new branches in Anglesey, Mochdre, and Rhyl. This was closely followed by our newest branch, Pwllheli, in January of 2018. With the addition of our North Wales stores T.N. Robinson now has a network of 11 branches.
2022 and beyond
The future looks bright for the company as we plan to celebrate our centenary year in 2023. Many things have changed over the last 99 years, but our commitment to customer service hasn’t. We are proud of the reputation we have gained within our industry for providing exceptional customer service. Whether it’s over the counter, on the phone, or online we continue to strive to give our customers the very best advice, and prices, every single day.
We’re looking forward to celebrating our 100th year with you, our customers. Please keep an eye out in-store, and on our website and social media channels for some very exciting plans in 2023!
We are proud to announce the launch of the new T.N. Robinson logo and branding.
The previous logo has been with us for over 20 years and has seen us through so much growth. In that time we’ve added new branches, launched our website and social media platforms, embraced new products and technology and introduced same day delivery. The way we do business has evolved, and the way our customers work has changed too. So it felt like the right time to take a closer look at our logo and give it a much-needed refresh.
Reasons for change
Change is inevitable and something to be embraced, but we didn’t want to change the logo just for the sake of it. The new design would have to be dynamic, simple and modern and show that we are forward thinking, while also containing the tradition and spirit of our previous logos. The new logo needed to be more visible from a distance, yet also work well in small sizes such as mobile phone screens. So after a few months of ideas, sketches, design and development we have chosen a logo that we feel meets the above criteria.
The finer details
We wanted to keep with a similar colour scheme. It’s well known that blue and white logos evoke feelings of professionalism, trust and loyalty, and these things are very important to us. The dark blue (Pantone 2746C) is the same colour that has been used in the last 2 logos, the yellow (Pantone Yellow C) is also from a previous logo and provides a better contrast to the blue than the orange does. We have retained the strong, traditional sans serif look of the T.N. Robinson font and simplified ‘Wholesale Electrical Distributors’ to a less complicated ‘Electrical Wholesalers’. Stripes have been an important feature in the past and we have used them to emphasise our established date (just 2 years until we turn 100)! We hope you agree that the new logo is cleaner, modern and more visible, and should work better in more places.
Over the next few days, weeks and months, you’ll see the new logo rolled out on the website, marketing material, on social media and eventually onto vans and branch signs. Changing a logo is a process that can involve many steps and it’ll take some time, so we will be phasing it in gradually. If you have used our former logo in any of your marketing materials, please assist us in updating them. We appreciate your kind support.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We are delighted to announce that T.N. Robinson has entered into an exciting partnership with National League North team, Curzon Ashton Football Club to become their Official Match Day Partners!
Fans of ‘The Nash’ will become familiar with a TNR presence around the ground, on the community 3G, in the match day programme and even in the club bar!
Curzon Ashton play at The Tameside Stadium on Richmond Street in Ashton-under-Lyne, which is only 2.7 miles away from our Westbury Street Trade Counter.
TNR Ashton Branch Manager, Mark Johnson (pictured above, right) said “We are excited to partner with Curzon Ashton, they are an ambitious and friendly club who do great work within the community. We share similar values in supporting local businesses and we look forward to an exciting season working together. I’ll be down watching as many games as I can, cheering the team on with my family.”
Curzon Ashton Director, Paul McHugh said “T.N. Robinson and Curzon have formed a great partnership for the coming years. Mark and the team at T.N. Robinson are the perfect partner for our ambitious club. Community business, supporting community club – brilliant! There is so much positivity surrounding our club at the minute and this partnership speaks volumes! I’d like to say a massive thank you from us all at Curzon.”
We’d like to wish Curzon the best of luck for this season. Up the Nash!
Click here to visit Curzon Ashton’s website
It may look a little hectic outside our Stockport Branch, but rest assured we will be open for business as usual while the new transport interchange is being built.
The multi-million pound Stockport interchange will provide improved facilities for bus users. It will also see the delivery of easier and improved routes into the town centre and to the railway station, as well as improved accessibility between the interchange and the A6. It is hoped the public park above will be used as a space for events, festivals and community gardening. Around 200 new apartments with cafes and shops on the ground floor are also included in the proposals as part of a 180ft tall building. A new pedestrian and cycle bridge will span from the interchange to Stockport Railway Station.
We’ve been here at Daw Bank since 1923 when the passing traffic was horse-drawn!
We built the current premises in 1951
We were here in 1979 when they started building the current bus station!
We’ll be open for business as usual while the new interchange is being built
New one way system
During construction of the main interchange, Daw Bank will be reduced to a single carriageway with traffic permitted into the town centre. Swaine Street will be closed after the entrance to our car park and we are operating a new one way system, please enter from Swaine Street and exit onto Viaduct Street.
Simplify and streamline your home life via the use of integrated technology! Scolmore’s elite range utilises Zigbee technology and WiFi to offer smart home solutions to new and existing wiring installations.
Discover a whole range to meet all your household needs. From smart sockets, cameras, sensors and receivers, all working together to make your home smarter. The installation is simple and flexible, no additional cables or wall cutting is needed making it ideal for installation within existing or newly constructed buildings.
Smart Gateway Hub
The Smart Hub is the control centre of all devices within a smart home. It communicates with all other smart devices within the home via the Zigbee Protocol. Even if the homes WiFi is unstable or interrupted smart devices will still be able to function normally.
• Supplied with plug in adapter, USB cable and ethernet cable
• Wireless Zigbee smart control
Smart Switched Sockets
With the 13A smart socket you can plug in home appliances like lamps, TVs, heaters, fans etc. Simply turn them on or off with your voice, smart device with the Click Smart+ App or with an automation, timer or schedule.
• Control manually, via the app or voice control
• Sockets can be locked On or Off using the app
Smart Plug-in WiFi Socket
With the smart plug, you can plug in home appliances like toasters, electric kettles, lamps etc. Simply turn them on or off with your voice, mobile phone or an automation. It can be controlled through your existing WiFi network via the Click Smart+ app.
• Control manually, via the app or voice control
• Pairs directly with your WiFi
Plug and play smart camera. Simply place or mount using the self adhesive pad included. Install micro SD card and record playback. When an object or person moves in the detection field the app sends an alarm and captures images in real time.
• 1080p resolution
• 7 metres night vision
• Microphone and speaker
• 114° (diagonal) field angle
Smart PIR Sensor
The PIR senses motion as you get up in the night and automatically turns on a lamp when automated with the Smart Sockets or Smart Switching Receiver on the Click Smart+ app.
• 7 metres detection distance
• CR 2450 battery supplied
• 170° detection angle
Smart Temperature & Humidity Sensor
GETTING THE RIGHT TEMPERATURE, THE SMART WAY
Whenever the sensor identifies that your homes temperature or humidity is outside your defined zone of comfort, the heater, fan or other relevant device that is plugged into your smart socket with automatically activate. This ensures that your homes environment condition remains stable and comfortable.
• Temp -10°C – +50°C
• CR 2032 battery supplied
Smart Window / Door Sensor
Install the Sensor to a main or back door. Install a switching/dimming receiver to a light or switch and then set up automations on the Click Smart+ app. Your lights will turn on automatically to greet you when you are back home or going in the garden at night.
• Activate lighting or devices when triggered using the app
• CR 2032 battery supplied
Smart Switching Receivers & Dimming Receivers
Control your lights from wherever you are. You can install and control most lighting and appliances in your home. The receivers come supplied with a removable bracket. The bracket can be used to mount the receivers in a back box if installed directly behind the switch or at the light source. The bracket features a DIN rail clip, allowing the installer to directly install in the consumer unit.
• Utilises standard on/off switches
For more information on Scolmore products please contact your local TNR Branch.
Zappi has 3 charging modes which makes it great for all homeowners. Those with grid-tied micro-generation systems like wind or solar can use the eco settings allowing users to save on energy bills. The charging current is automatically and continually adjusted in response to on-site generation and household power consumption. In Fast charge mode, zappi operates like an ordinary EV charging station.
• 3 charging modes: Eco, Eco + and Fast
• Optimises microgeneration self-consumption
• Works with solar PV or wind turbine systems
• Economy tariff sense input
• Programmable timer function
• Charge and event logging
• Pin-code lock function
• OLEV (home/work scheme) approved – HUB required
• Tap operated display backlight
• Built-in RCD protection
• Integral cable holster
• Remote control and monitoring add-on option
• Supplied with clip-on grid current sensor(s)
• Works alongside battery storage systems
• A future proof installation
• Indoor or outdoor mounting
• Graphical backlit LCD
• 6A to 32A (variable)
• IP65 weatherproof
• 3 year warranty
ECO – Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will continue until the vehicle is fully charged, even if power is drawn from the grid.
ECO + – Charge power is continuously adjusted in response to changes in generation or power consumption elsewhere in the home. Charging will pause if there is too much imported power, continuing only when there is surplus free power available.
FAST – The vehicle will be charged at maximum power. This is just like an ordinary Mode 3 charging point.
ZAPPI-207TB – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Tethered Black
ZAPPI-207TW – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Tethered White
ZAPPI-207UB – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Untethered Black
ZAPPI-207UW – EV Charge Point 7kW V2 Untethered White
hub & app
The hub provides internet connectivity to your other myenergi devices making them smart. The hub and app work together to remotely control and monitor your products from anywhere in the world. It also allows you to carry out firmware updates to keep your products equipped with all the latest features.
• Remotely control and monitor on your mobile device
• Observe domestic live energy flow
• Change your zappi charging modes
• Remotely manually boost your eddi or zappi
• View consumption, generation and diverted energy data
An essential part of the installation process if you want to save time and money. It eliminates unsightly wiring around the home, preventing the need to lift up floors and disrupt home decor. It enables myenergi products to be installed without using a hardwired current transformer. It’s technology is the only one of its kind, harvesting it’s own power from the CT clamps, removing the need for batteries or an external power supply.
• Energy harvesting – no batteries or electrical wiring required
• Fast and accurate measurement
• Grid / Generation / Storage measurement configurable
Eddi is an eco smart energy management system, it diverts surplus power from solar PV or wind generation to a designated heating appliance (or two sequentially). This excess energy will go directly to a designated appliance such as an immersion heater. It allows you to stop exporting energy back to the grid and saves you money on your energy bill.
• Graphical back-lit LCD screen for ease of use
• Built-in programmable boost timers
• Energy savings data logging
• VariSine™ PWM technology
For more information on myenergi products or to reserve your stock, please contact your local TNR Branch.
At T.N. Robinson, we listen to our customers and understand your changing needs…
We’ve Added More Stock
There is now an increased stock range across all 11 of our regional branches.
With more of the very latest electrical products available from top brand manufacturers, our customers can walk away with everything they need.
New Branch Based Vans
Each branch has at least one delivery van, giving us the opportunity to deliver what you want, when you want it.
Same Day Delivery from All Sites
We will, by arrangement, collect and deliver same day if an item’s not locally available.
Orders can be delivered to you same day throughout the North West of England and North Wales. We can also dispatch goods nationwide for next day delivery, whatever the product, where ever you want it.
Additional Branch Staff
We’ve recruited more staff to our branches so we can further support our customer’s needs.
Our brand new handy, dashboard sized Product Guide is out now! With more products listed than ever before, it’s available from your local TNR branch today. You can order your free copy or download it here.
New Bulk Stores
This allows us to provide an even more extensive range of same day delivery options to our customers.
We recently made a new video outlining the above, check it out now by clicking on the picture on the right.
T.N. Robinson continues to offer exceptional customer service and the best deals on electrical goods.
So if you aren’t using it to promote your business, no matter how big or small, maybe it’s time you should. If you look at this way, if a potential customer in your area is using social media, then you should use it too.
You can increase your brand awareness and make it easier for customers to contact you, and stay in touch.
Posting regularly and connecting with your followers helps build a rapport and so in turn gains more loyalty from those customers.
The great news about social media is that it’s free! On top of that, we can even help promote you!
Why? Well we love seeing some of the excellent jobs our customers do once they have left our counter, so once you’ve set up your business account, just follow our channels and tag us in a photograph or post and we’ll gladly share/retweet it with all of our followers. Showing off your work and extending your reach is great way to gain new followers and potential customers too. After all, sharing is caring!
There are pages that can help you set up your business accounts, just see the links at the bottom of this post.
Keeping it personal
If you’ve already got your own personal social media accounts and would like to keep it that way, then you can still follow us for the latest T.N. Robinson news, events and offers.
Like us, follow us, connect with us! However you do it, you can check out our social media channels here, (just click on an icon below):
Thanks for reading and we look forward to connecting with you soon!