It’s rare that you’ll encounter a home owner today who says that if they had the option, they wouldn’t want to reduce their carbon emissions or reduce their energy consumption, and in turn, the costs of home ownership. The problem is, that in many cases, greener home technology is just out of reach of many North Americans because of the high costs that are still associated with the options available on the market. This has been the case with voltage optimization technology that can accomplish the above goals, but until recently, it’s only been attainable to large organizations looking to optimize their energy use because of cost. A UK company has decided to address this lapse in the industry by introducing the VPhase, an affordable voltage optimization technology for home owners.
The VPhase voltage optimization device is designed to reduce home energy use by approximately 17%, and home owners don’t even need to change their habits or purchase new home electronics and other devices that use energy. The VPhase, which was developed by the company from which the device gets its name along with Liverpool University, is available in the UK at a cost of 299 GBP. It needs to be wired into the home’s electrical system via its fuse box, and must be fit by an electrician, in order to give UK homes constant access to 220V of electricity and a 17% reduction in energy usage for major home appliances, and 15% savings for lighting and heating pumps.
The VPhase is the first voltage optimization device designed for home usage, but they’re far from the first to embrace this concept. In addition to similar technologies which have been available to larger organizations looking to reduce their carbon footprints, specially designed appliances and lighting systems are also available, which might enter the ranks of affordable green home technology in the future.
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