As electricians we need to understand and trust the new Voltage Optimisation devices as we will be the ‘experts’ installing them.
In a recent article on the My Local Electrician website, Gary Pratten was asked athe question- ‘Voltage Optimisation- Is it worth it domestically?’. Gary put the question to Matt Cody of VPhase, and his reply tells of the results of recent trials and a comment by Oliver Heath, an Eco Design Consultant. The big question is- ‘does voltage optimisation work?’.
Here is Matt’s reply:
The VPhase device will typically save around 10% on electricity bills and in terms of carbon reduction, this equates to around 4 tonnes of CO2 over the 25+ year life of the product. However, consumers can now go to vphase.co.uk and use the ‘savings calculator’ for a more bespoke estimation of the potential savings that can be made in each property, as this will vary depending on the type of appliances in the house.
We have completed a series of independently analysed trials of our VPhase device in a number of properties across the UK. One of the most recent was with north-west-based housing association Great Places Housing Group. The results from this showed energy savings of between 8.5% and 9% and estimated yearly CO2 savings of up to 180kg per property.
When slightly larger properties are added into the mix, the savings are even greater. Another recent trial, independently verified by EA Technology, has demonstrated savings in electricity consumption of between 6% and 12%. These reductions could save the respective homeowners between £75 and £135 a year on their electricity bills.
The device has also just completed field trials in 50 Scottish and Southern Electric (SSE) customer homes, under the UK Government’s Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) scheme, to determine the lifetime carbon dioxide savings of the device.
In terms of feedback from end users, we are currently building up our reviews section on the website: http://www.vphase.co.uk/Reviews. This most recently includes feedback from eco celebrity Oliver Heath, so hopefully these comments are helpful.
Just last month, VPhase was also awarded ‘Innovative Residential/Domestic Product of the Year’ at the Electrical Industry Awards, which were judged by a panel of leading industry experts from the electrical sector including IET, ECA, BEAMA and NICEIC.
We’re happy to answer any direct technical enquiries you may have, either through mylocalelectrican, or through our own Fitters’ Forum.
If you’re interested in seeing some more in depth technical responses to queries on the device, you may be interested in the following comments on the Forum for the Future’s Gatecrash the UK Energy Sector Project http://gatecrashenergy.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Nationwide-voltage-optimisati…
Hope this helps
Matt Cody, VPhase
You can read the article and all of the comments at ‘Voltage Optimisation- Is it worth it domestically?‘.
For even more info be sure to check out the Gate CrashEnergy link in Matt’s reply.