Date: April 25, 2024 7:50 am

Avoid Paying for Unused Power: Benefit from Power Factor Correction Devices

Avoid Paying for Unused Power: Benefit from Power Factor Correction Devices

Power Up Your Savings: How a Power Factor Correction Device Can Boost Your Energy Efficiency

Ever feel like you’re paying more for electricity than you should? Are you replacing switchgear and equipment sooner than expected?

You might not be imagining it. A hidden culprit behind high energy bills could be lurking in your electrical system – a BAD power factor.

If this is the cause, then there is a solution: Power Factor Correction (PFC) devices.

What is Power Factor and Why Does It Matter?

Imagine your electricity bill as a two-part receipt.

One part is for the actual power your appliances use: True Power (kW) – this is what is needed to work your devices.

The other part is for something called Apparent Power (kVA), which doesn’t directly do any work, but is still required by certain appliances, especially motors. This Apparent Power adds bulk to your bills and results in increased sizing of switchgear, without any real benefit.

The ratio of True Power to Total Power (including Apparent Power) is called the Power Factor. A perfect power factor is 1, meaning you’re only paying for the power you use. However, many facilities have a power factor far below 1, resulting in wasted energy and higher electricity bills.

Enter the PFC Device: Your Energy Efficiency Superhero

A PFC (Power Factor Correction) device acts like a translator between your appliances and the power grid. It injects leading reactive power to counteract the lagging reactive power demanded by your appliances, effectively improving your power factor.

The benefits of fitting a PFC for your business includes:

    • Reduced Energy Consumption: By minimising reactive power, PFC devices allow your appliances to run more efficiently, using less overall energy. This translates to real savings on your electricity bill.
    • Lower Demand Charges: Many utility companies charge based on peak demand, which is the highest amount of power you draw at any given time. PFC devices can help reduce peak demand, leading to lower overall electricity costs.
    • Improved System Capacity: With less reactive power flowing through your system, there’s more capacity for the real power you need. This can be especially beneficial for facilities with limited electrical capacity.
    • Reduced Environmental Impact: By using less energy, PFC devices contribute to a smaller carbon footprint.

Who could benefit from PFC?

PFC devices are particularly beneficial for facilities with a heavy load of inductive motors, such as factories, warehouses, and commercial buildings with elevators or air conditioning systems.

Understanding True Power, Apparent Power, and Power Factor is critical for maximising electrical system efficiency. By managing reactive power strategically, you can utilise leading reactive power to improve your Power Factor, resulting in cost savings, improved capacity, and reduced energy waste for your business.

How to benefit from PFC?

Gain the assistance of qualified commercial electricians, such as Gilks, to undertake an assessment to correctly calculate your power factor.

By assessing your power usage, we can identify and install the most suitable PFC to meet your operational needs.

Save energy and save your business money

By understanding your PFC, you can identify where you are unnecessarily using too much electricity, and driving up your energy bills.

Investing in a power factor assessment, and if needed fitting a PFC device, will result in significant benefits to your business bottom line and the environment.

By improving your energy efficiency, you can save money, reduce your carbon footprint, and create a more sustainable future.

Gilks: Your Partner in Energy Efficient Solutions

Gilks can provide the expertise to undertake Power Factor assessments and fit PFC devices as needed to enhance your system and provide you with the benefits of lower energy bills and improving your carbon footprint.

Check you’re not paying for more power than you are using:

Contact our team and arrange your consultation

 

T:  +44 (0) 1270 625 520 |  E: enquiries@gilks-nantwich.co.uk  |
W: gilks-nantwich.co.uk

Back to blog

Share this blog: