Power Factor (PF)
Did you know that poor power factor could be costing you money? Correct your Power Factor with an Electric Saver Power factor correction unit.
Power Factor measures how efficiently a building uses power supplied by a utility company. A high power factor ensures that your electric equipment run more efficiently by reducing the amount of energy needed. Power factor is defined as the ratio of real (working or kW) power to apparent (total or kVA) power. For example, we know that the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. However, because our roads don’t go exactly in a straight line, we end up driving further to get to the same place. The same is true for electricity. A motor may need 100 kilowatts of power to operate, but it may be drawing 115 kilowatts instead. Inductive electrical loads increase the amount of apparent (total) power causing the power factor to decrease. “Electric Saver” technology creates a condition where the power supply is more constant, more efficiently supplying varying loads of power. The result is a power factor increase and less wasted energy.
Many businesses in the U.S. have a power factor between .7 and .9, meaning 10-30% or more of their electricity is being wasted. Request a power factor test today.
Benefits of installing an Electric Saver
Your electrical bill may be reduced. Many utility companies charge a fee if their power factor is too low. Correcting your power factor will help you avoid this fee. Uncorrected power factor can cause voltage drops and/or power losses in the electrical distribution system. This can result in overheating and premature failure of motors and other inductive equipment.
Proper power factor will allow your inductive equipment to operate more efficiently and last longer. Additional Electric Saver benefits include:
- Surge protection up to 2,000 joules (equal to 60,000 amperes per leg in service panel)
- Electrical motors and transformers will run cooler
- Increases lifespan and efficiency of electrical motors and transformers
- Saves money on your utility bill and reduces motor maintenance costs
Inductive Loads That May Be Causing Low Power Factor
- HID lighting ballasts
- Motors and Pumps
- HVAC equipment
- Condensers for air conditioning
- Heat exchangers
Installing an Electric Saver to improve your power factor can help you improve the electrical efficiency in your building. EcoManity is able to measure your power factor and project the savings based on our findings. Many businesses are enjoying the benefits of this technology. We have case studies and customer testimonials. We can share copies of actual utility bills that verify the savings.