In today’s economic climate, a growing number of households are struggling to keep up with costs of living; with many of us having to cut back on everyday expenses to make ends meet.
One of the most cost-effective ways of cutting your overall expenses is to target your energy bills.
Switching the light off when you leave the room and making sure appliances aren’t in use when they don’t need to be are great ways to reduce your costs but there’s a solution that could save you even more money on your bills, and that’s called domestic voltage optimisation which can help you:
- Save between 8-15% on your annual energy bills.
- Cut your carbon footprint.
- Protect your electrical appliances from over-supply.
What is domestic voltage optimisation?
Most of the electrical equipment you have in your house will perform at its optimum level on around 220V of incoming electricity. However, the average incoming electricity supply in the UK comes in at around 242V and can sometimes exceed 250V.
There’s a clear difference here and despite not using this over-supply of voltage, you are still paying for it.
After installing a domestic voltage optimisation unit your incoming electricity supply will be optimised to the required level 220V. This will remove the over-supply of voltage (22-30V), save you money on your electricity bills help you to reduce your carbon footprint.
Will it lead to cheaper energy bills?
Voltage optimisers could generate savings in the region of 8-15% on your annual energy bills.
According to the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), the average annual domestic electricity bill for UK households in 2011 was 453 (excluding Economy 7 and Economy 10). Based on this information, if your household’s consumption was in-line with the national average, you could save between 36 and 68 per year.
Of course, the level of savings you benefit from will depend on the type of equipment within your household, amongst other things.
Voltage Optimisation is an energy saving technology that is installed in series with the main electricity supply to systematically optimise and regulate the incoming power supply to bring the voltage supplied into a building in line with what is required.
The energy savings achieved by Voltage Optimisation are an aggregation of the improved efficiency of all equipment across a site in response to the improvements in the power quality problems caused by over voltage. It has been and continues to be a key technique for savings in energy consumption.
Along with the main benefits of reducing energy consumption and thus saving on electricity costs and reducing carbon emissions, clients will also benefit from prolonged lifespan and reduced maintenance costs for appliances and other ancillary benefits. These are given through effective Power Optimisation, voltage management of the incoming electricity supply.
Benefits of Voltage Optimisation
Voltage optimisation is beneficial when the electricity supply to a site is at a higher voltage level than needed, resulting in excessive energy consumption and high electricity bills. Voltage optimisation systems work to optimise the outgoing voltage without compromising the supply.
A Voltage Optimisation system should not be viewed as an off the shelf solution. A site-specific survey should be undertaken, to ensure that the unit to be installed suits the requirements of the location and business, in order to maximise any benefits and savings. The most appropriate type of voltage optimisation system will depend on if a company operates its own HV/LV (distribution) or has a low voltage (LV) supply.
Will I be helping the environment?
By optimising your household’s electricity supply, you will essentially be removing the over-supply of voltage, thereby consuming less electricity and reducing your carbon footprint; so it’s not just money you’ll be saving.
With global warming an ever-present issue, now couldn’t be a better time to invest in domestic voltage optimisation.