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Anyone know anything about voltage optimisers?

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Fluffycloudland77 Sun 30-Mar-14 09:14:44

Looks a good idea to me.

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 09:42:36

Show us what you have in mind.

It is usually a trick, unless perhsps you are running some very large electric motors and have an industrial electricity meter which operates differently from a domestic one.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 30-Mar-14 09:46:54

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 10:03:28

Do you have some very large electric motors? Grinding and milling machines, car crushers?

It will have no effect on use of electricity for heating, including immersion heaters, washing machines, tumble driers and ovens. Most domestic electricity is used on heating.

Are you using a lot of incandescent (filament) light bulbs? It will make them burn a little dimmer and last a little longer. It will not affect CFL (energy saving bulbs)

When the DNO was testing the supply at my domestic premises recently, I was surprised to find it had already been reduced from the old UK standard of 240v/415v to 220v/405v.

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 10:04:37

...testing the supply at my commercial premises, I mean.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 30-Mar-14 10:17:52

No nothing like that but if it saved me money I would get one.

Sounds like it won't though?

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 10:19:20


I do have some magic beans though, I can swap you five.

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 10:22:33

...if you have a look at their second tech doc, it has a list of eqipment that might be wasting 20% to 50% energy, I doubt you have any of it, and a list of equipment that will save nothing, which I bet is what uses most of your electricity.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 30-Mar-14 10:39:53

Oh well. It's not the kind of thing I can sneak into the house without dh noticing anyway.

specialsubject Sun 30-Mar-14 10:45:37

all hail PJ.

UK voltage is defined as 230V, plus 10%, - 6%, so their document is wrong from the start.

You would indeed be better with the magic beans. Remember there is no law against selling useless items: anti-wrinkle cream, diet pills and stuff like this.

PigletJohn Sun 30-Mar-14 10:48:04

I can swap five of my beans for your cow, if you have one.

specialsubject Sun 30-Mar-14 19:40:59

if only life turned out as it does in fairy tales... :-)

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