Benefits of Smart Saver
There are numerous benefits to be gained through the Smart Saver. These benefits range from reduced demand charges on your power system to increased load carrying capabilities in your existing circuits and overall reduced power system loses. And the benefits of the Smart Saver aren’t just limited to the balance sheet; there are also huge environmental benefits associated with power factor correction, which means your company is reducing it’s carbon footprint and helping the environment.
1. Reduced Demand Charges
Most electric utility companies charge for maximum metered demand based on either the highest registered demand in kilowatts (KW meter), or a percentage of the highest registered demand in KVA (KVA meter), whichever is greater. If the power factor is low, the percentage of the measured KVA will be significantly greater than the KW demand. Improving the power factor through Smart Saver will therefore lower the demand charge, helping to reduce your electricity bill.
2. Increased Load Carrying Capabilities In Existing Circuits
Loads drawing reactive power also demand reactive current. Installing the Smart Saver at the end of existing circuits near the inductive loads reduces the current carried by each circuit. The reduction in current flow resulting from the Smart Saver may allow the circuit to carry new loads, saving the cost of upgrading the distribution network when extra capacity is required for additional appliances, machinery or equipment, saving your home or company thousands of dollars in unnecessary upgrade costs. In addition, the reduced current flow reduces resistive losses in the circuit.
3. Improved Voltage
A lower power factor causes a higher current flow for a given load. As the line current increases, the voltage drop in the conductor increases, which may result in a lower voltage at the equipment. With Smart Saver, the voltage drop in the conductor is reduced, improving the voltage at the equipment.
4. Whole Home Surge Protection
Many homeowners believe that adequate surge protection begins and ends with plugging a few selected devices into a surge protected power strip. But many valuable devices such as high-end entertainment centers, HVAC pumps/temp controllers, general electronic devices, large appliances, security systems, and even solar systems are still left vulnerable to irreparable or costly damage. Smart Saver creates an additional layer of protection by funneling spikes and surges to a neutral ground line thus minimizing potential damage to valuable home electronics and equipment.
5. Reduced Carbon Footprint
By reducing your power system’s demand charge through power factor correction, your company is putting less strain on the electricity grid, therefore reducing its carbon footprint. Over time, this lowered demand on the electricity grid can account for hundreds of tons of reduced carbon production, all thanks to the improvement of your power system’s electrical efficiency via power factor correction.