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Want to save energy costs? Look no further

05 December 2022

Most businesses are unaware that they can save between six and twelve percent off their energy costs without making any operational changes, according to experts.

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How? By adopting a voltage optimisation strategy, energy and sustainability consultancy Advantage Utilities has revealed.
With soaring energy prices continuing to put ever-increasing pressure on businesses across a multitude of sectors, voltage optimisation offers an opportunity to make significant gains for minimal outlay. 

By utilising this lesser-known energy-saving technique, businesses can reduce the amount of voltage coming in from the national grid, which in turn lowers their costs. 
Voltage optimisation offers businesses the opportunity to match their electricity supply with the supply voltage that is specific to the equipment on their site. This reduces the voltage of the electricity supplied to equipment which is how energy consumption and costs are lowered. This has a wide appeal to a variety of businesses and will likely benefit many customers with a half-hour meter and spending upwards of £40,000 per annum.
Businesses can now align their energy and environmental strategies by reducing energy consumption via voltage optimisation. The environmental benefits of this will therefore be great, encouraging progress towards net-zero whilst also reducing energy costs overall.
“Businesses have a great opportunity available to them that will not only reduce their energy costs, but also protect valuable electrical equipment which is often exposed to voltage spikes which have a devastating effect. 

Voltage optimisation is an easy way for businesses to make savings and reap the rewards through making very minor changes. We have supply partners who guarantee the ROI they stipulate which means businesses cannot lose when pursuing voltage optimisation,” explains Tim Ross, Commercial Director of Advantage Utilities. 
“The cost of not having voltage optimisation equipment on site can be significant. Electrical equipment such as motors, HVAC and LED lighting are all less efficient when exposed to excessive voltage and/or poor power quality, with a 230V lamp failing after 550 hours instead of 1,000 hours if run at an incorrect voltage of 240V. Not only this, but it will draw nine percent more energy in the process. 

“When these issues occur across an entire site, it quickly becomes evident that businesses could be ignoring voltage optimisation at their peril,” he adds. 
Additional guidance on voltage optimisation can be found here.   

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