Voltage optimisation Equipment is an energy-saving device used to manage and regulate the power supply incoming from the National Grid. As a result, reducing the National Grid voltage supplied to optimal capacity. The amount of electricity your business uses is reduced, cutting the carbon emissions simultaneously. This innovative technology can be used in your business’s electrical equipment and appliances. Voltage optimisation is done by installing a device known as a Voltage Optimiser.
Usually, National Grid supplies power at a higher voltage than is required. For example, although the official average supply voltage in Manchester and other locations in the UK is 230V, the voltage is supplied by the National Grid is 242V on average.
Most electronic appliances are rated at 220V. As a result, the appliances are being supplied more electricity than necessary to operate. As a result, this results in both energy and financial waste and your appliances will suffer extra wear and tear, which can result in appliances needing to be replaced sooner.
By installing a voltage optimisation equipment in your business, the amount of voltage received by your business is reduced. Voltage optimisers are installed with your electricity supply between the distribution transformer and the main low voltage distribution board. The supply voltage will be reduced when the electric current passes through the voltage optimiser to the required amount. Any excess voltage supplied will be returned to the grid and not used on site.
Therefore, your electrical equipment will benefit from an optimised power supply by simply rejecting and returning the surplus to the grid.
DOES ENERGY OPTIMISATION SAVE YOUR BUSINESS ENERGY AND MONEY?
- Voltage optimisation technology could help your business save on average energy savings of up to 20%.
- While energy savings begin immediately, payback is often achieved in less than four years.
- A voltage optimiser is often recommended with a Solar PV system, as together, the energy savings can be substantial. You can learn more about a Solar PV installation in Manchester here.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A VOLTAGE OPTIMISER?
- Less wasted energy results in cheaper electricity bills.
- Reduced carbon footprint due to fewer carbon commissions.
- Improved power quality to your business.
- Improved lifespan of electrical devices and appliances, resulting in fewer repairs and repurchases.
- Low maintenance and should only need to be serviced every 12 months.
HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO INSTALL A VOLTAGE OPTIMISER?
One of our qualified electricians will install the voltage optimisers. Most voltage optimiser installations require the device to be installed between the main electricity meter and the consumer unit, with a few wires connected between the two devices. Each installation site will have specific requirements and need to be looked at separately by an energy professional. Although voltage optimisers are suitable for most sites; Voltage Optimisation doesn’t work on every appliance. Therefore, a complete survey is carried out. For large premises or bespoke solutions, the installation may take longer.
SHOULD MY BUSINESS GET A VOLTAGE OPTIMISER INSTALLED?
Installing a Voltage Optimiser is a simple yet effective way to reduce your business’s energy costs and cut down on your carbon emissions. The easy installation for a voltage optimiser and the short payback time for the average energy consumption is enough reason to invest in energy optimisation technology. However, if you are still uncertain if installing a voltage optimiser is suitable for your business, it is recommended to contact an energy professional before going ahead with a voltage optimiser installation.
To learn more about voltage optimisation in Manchester, visit the KAST energy website.