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Who needs voltage optimisation

What is Voltage Optimisation and who needs it?

The UK’s mains voltage is 242 volts. Most appliances and equipment, however, are only designed to run on 220 volts. Usually, electric systems allow the full 242 volts into your electrical system, yet these extra volts simply aren’t used and end up costing you money and put extra strain on your equipment.

Voltage optimisation lowers the voltage which is allowed into the system. Instead of 242 volts, the system will accept only 220 volts, or even less. In most cases, it’s possible to make huge savings by just reducing the system’s voltage to 220 volts.
In fact, by lowering the incoming voltage to a level actually required by the electrics in your system, you’re able to reduce consumption by up to 20%. That’s a total annual savings of at least £200 in most cases. This is in addition to the other benefits of reducing strain on equipment, ensuring that equipment doesn’t overheat, reducing maintenance costs and helping the environment.

Back in 2011, the Guardian wrote an article about how the British environment agency used Voltage optimisation to help meet their target of a 33% reduction in energy consumption. They managed to produce energy consumption cuts of 8 – 17%.

Who is Voltage Optimisation for?

Maybe you think that your home or workplace doesn’t use enough equipment to justify the use of such a tool. Well, voltage optimisation can nearly always lead to benefits, no matter how much equipment and appliances you have hooked up to your system. From family homes to hotels and restaurants – and especially industrial sites – you’re looking at something which can give you savings.

In fact, in a report on voltage optimisation in Walbrook Wharf in the city of London, it was found that the city’s average voltage of 243 volts was 23 volts higher than the what was actually needed. The savings made for London city council came to a total of £20,698 annually.
Try to think of the devices in your home which use high levels of power. High energy appliances can include showers, cookers, fridges and freezers, toasters, kettles and more. The costs to run these appliances can be much lower when you’ve set up a home voltage optimisation system.

can you take advantage of Voltage Optimisation?

It’s quite simple actually. You just have to install a small and simple device into your electrical system. You don’t have to change electricity supplier and you don’t have to fiddle about with complicated wires.
The most important thing though, is to ensure that you have found the right level to cut you voltage too. Sure, 220 volts is a good starting point, but it’s usually more complicated than that. Run the voltage too low and you’ll find that your equipment won’t start or work properly, running it too high and you’ll have wasted the benefits of investing in such a system.
By hiring a professional, they’ll ensure that you find the best level at which to set your system’s voltage and so the best level for ensuring the benefits of such a system.

What better time than today to check if voltage optimisation will really help you. All it takes it one phone call and a dedicated serviceman will make sure to give you the facts you need to make an informed purchase.


About pmelimited

We are established mechanical and electrical engineers and have been growing bigger and stronger every year since we first started in 1995. Well established in London and Cardiff and operating nationally, we provide expert electrical engineering and intelligent home technology services to both residential and commercial clients.