What is voltage optimisation ?
You wouldn’t use a blowtorch to light a candle, and the same logic applies to overvoltage issues in your home or commercial buildings.
Overvoltage in the UK is a problem. Your home or commercial building currently receives more voltage than is necessary. This excess supply of power causes higher energy bills for you, and potential damage to your electrical equipment. What is overvoltage, and what is voltage optimisation when deployed as a countermeasure?
Overvoltage what is it and what can you do about it?
The amount of current in a circuit depends on the voltage supplied. In the UK, the declared low voltage electricity supply as per the ‘Electrical Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations 2002’ is 230V+/- 10%. This is (230Volts give or take 10%). Theoretically, the range of voltage coming into your home is 216V – 253V. This allows the use of older electrical equipment which had been designed for higher voltages pre-2002. It also allows the efficient use of equipment and electronics built more recently.
Fluctuations and consistent overvoltage in the supply from the National Grid, when used with newer equipment can waste unnecessary energy. The result is higher energy bills and possibly the reduction of the lifespan of your electrical equipment.
The economic and environmental impact of overvoltage
The impact of overvoltage means that consumers using even a small amount of electricity in excess to what they need pay up to 10-13 % more for their electricity. This adds up over time, resulting in wasted resources and higher bills.
Nationwide, this culminates in an even greater amount of energy wasted, money spent unnecessarily, and the enormously high carbon emissions which we emit every single year.
The cheapest and greenest energy is the energy you don’t use; the most savings you will make is on the money that you don’t have to spend.
What is voltage optimisation and how is it deployed as a countermeasure?
The function of Voltage Optimisation technology is to selectively adjust and regulate the power supply coming from the grid. It works to systematically regulate and reduce the amounts of voltage received by the energy consumer, and better match the power voltage that they actually require. In essence Voltage Optimisation is a transformer based technology which delivers electricity into your home or premises at reduced voltage from the main power supply. It does this by using sensor technology to provide greater visibility of the voltage coming in, and acts to control the voltage to match the specific electricity needs required. This optimisation system also improves the quality of the current, by balancing out any phase voltages, and filtering power flow harmonics and any transients from the supply coming into your home.
Innovative Solutions for your Home or Commercial premises
Optimising the voltage of the electricity that you use will reduce your private and commercial energy use, save money on bills, and preserve the lifespan of your electrical equipment. You will reduce your carbon footprint and CO2 emissions, and help to look after our planet.
At PJW Meters, we provide Voltage Optimisation solutions to best tailor to your needs. A proven energy saving technology, our Voltage Optimisation units work to supply the user with online, remote monitoring capabilities, providing clear visibility of asset performance, savings, and more. The value of voltage optimisation and management cannot be underestimated for any home or commercial premises looking to develop a net-zero strategy, and save money as well.
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