Interval Data Analysis

How Much Can You Save With Interval Data Analysis?

A lot of Australian businesses are paying too much for their electricity and could reduce energy as well as significantly reduce energy costs to help improve their bottom line. 

With an interval data assessment, there is a good chance an instant reduction can be achieved for a business through a range of energy reduction and cost saving strategies including tariff network reconfiguration. As we review interval data, we identify the opportunities for energy efficiency for a business. Our analysis looks at how your business consumes energy to see how much money can be saved and how much. Then it’s up to the client to decide if they want to go ahead with any of our recommendations AND this may occur without changing energy providers! Many of our commercial clients save around 15-25% off the annual cost of their electricity. 

To request a free interval data assessment, all you need to do is complete a letter of authority form. This form allows SmartConsult to receive information from your current energy retailer allowing us to analyse your data for cost savings. Click here to complete the form online and find out how much you can save.

What is interval data analysis?

Interval data analysis is a fundamental step in determining what energy reduction solution is best suited to your operations, and more critically, how much money can be saved.

Modelling can be highly accurate if the input data is are also accurate. A standard bill shows how much electricity in kWh was used over a month – but at what time was this power used and how much? How can solar production savings, or tariff reconfiguration savings, or power factor correction savings, be trusted without first knowing the exact consumption pattern of grid consumption?  

All sites per NMI that consume over 100,000 kWh in QLD, and 160,000kWh in S.A/NSW/VIC, are required to pay kVA demand charges, and this is measured via a special meter that records usage as a CSV interval data file. Interval data provides 15, 30 or 60 minute breakdowns of energy use for a site and we can request this for you for no charge.  Using the 30 minute, 365 day interval data file allows us to reproduce exactly the site consumption profile every 30 minutes over the last 365 days. We can then overlay solar system production projections based on 22 years of NASA weather records for your location, specific panel and inverter performance specifications, and roof and panel angle orientations.   

Accurate electricity data analysis is key to all successful projects. SmartConsult have built in-house custom, proprietary programs that enable us to properly process and analyse all the various types of interval data file formats provided by energy retailers.   When it comes to interval data analysis – we guarantee our results. Save your business energy and money today with a complimentary energy consumption review and recommendation by calling 1300 344 388 or click here to contact us.

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Power Factor Correction

If a customer has a demand charge that is billed per kVA (not per kW), then Power Factor Correction (PFC) can be utilised to reduce the demand charge. The kVA demand is a function of the customer’s power factor and it impacts the ability of the site to achieve a lower demand charge.

Inductive loads (i.e. motors and fluorescent lighting) can cause poor power factor due to the difference between the voltage and current at the load terminals. Power Factor Correction capacitors act as a ‘reactive power generator’, providing the magnetizing power an inductive load requires to operate – rather than the motor having to draw it from the network. Therefore, improving power factor will reduce the amperage draw from the network, which will result in a reduced demand charge.

Power factor is the ratio of the active (or useable) power measured in kilowatts (kW), to the total (active and reactive) power measured in kilovolt amperes (kVA). The optimum power factor is a value of 1.0.

Your data is in good hands!

Using the most effective tools in the business, our free initial assessment will show you how much your business can save on energy costs including projected cash flow and payback, without any obligation to invest. You have absolutely nothing to lose and may save your business a small fortune! Get a free assessment today by calling 1300 344 388 or click here to contact us. 

At SmartConsult, we specialise in commercial solar and energy solutions for business owners across all industries as well as work with local councils and state government. Our recommendations not only save energy, they also save a lot of money. 

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