What price are you paying for the rise in Voltages?
Did you know that High voltages not only cost consumers an average of 10 - 14% more on their electricity bills per year, but also cause many electrical appliances to fail due to over-heating, meaning more costs from having to replace them?
Many Industrial and housing estates are now seeing an average voltage of 246v, which is 30 volts over the lowest recommended voltage for the UK. Whilst this average is still within the permitted levels, it is still an issue for many that can be dealt with locally.
Why are the voltage levels so high in certain areas?
This can be down to a number of factors such as your premises being close to a substation. In this instance, the voltage will be higher here than it will be at the end of the transmission line. This allows for any voltage losses that occur along the line, ensuring that the voltage supply is still high enough to power electrical appliances at the end of the line.
Another reason for high voltage is linked to the introduction of renewable energy to the grid. As more and more renewable energy is exported back to the grid, voltages will only continue to increase. Whilst renewable energy is a must for sustainability, it is important that we address the issues that it creates too!
What can be done about it?
Whether it be a domestic or commercial premises, matt:e have developed a range of Voltage optimisers which work by reducing the incoming voltage to a more suitable level. This solution will not only reduce monthly energy costs, but will also protect electrical appliances from premature failure, whilst helping to reduce carbon footprints.
Here at matt:e, we specialise in the development of energy saving technologies, with voltage optimisation being at the heart of what we do. We showcased some of our products at the edie LIVE event in Birmingham, which proved to be a very successful event for us. For those of you that missed the show, you can find details of our products on www.matt-e.co.uk