Co-op switches on to energy savings

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Energy saving specialist VO4 has scored an important breakthrough for its pioneering voltage optimisation system with the Co-op.

The company, which grew out of Ecclesfield-based EMSc, the company behind the Powerstar range of energy saving devices, has begun rolling out its smaller scale system to a number of Co-operative stores after a successful test in six stores.

Since then, a further 22 Co-op stores have switched on to VO4’s three phase voltage optimisation system, which is aimed at businesses with lower energy costs.

VO4’s business development manager, Geoff Clifton, says: “We developed the three phase system as a means of helping businesses with energy costs less than £50,000 to save money on their electricity bills and reduce CO2 emissions.

“As a company recognised for its ethical values, we are delighted to be working with the Co-operative, to supply them with our three phase solution.”

Co-operative regional energy and environmental manager Rob Scoulding added: “We have seen very useful reductions in our electricity use at the large supermarkets in our group through the adoption of voltage optimisation.”

Voltage optimisation saves energy and prolongs the life of electrical equipment by reducing excessive supply voltages to 230 Volts - the level at which it is designed to work.

In the past, commercial voltage optimisation systems have not been suitable for smaller businesses and sites, while domestic systems have not had capacity for the amount of electrical equipment some small businesses use.

VO4’s three phase system overcomes those problems, enabling small to medium sized organisations to reduce their energy bills by up to 10 per cent, while also reducing their carbon emissions and extending the lifespan of their equipment.