Save On Electric Bills

Save On Electric Bills

How to Cut Down on Your Electrical Bill

Most utilities’ electrical monthly bills have two components: usage and demand charges.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s just say that the Demand Charges are charged by the utility to cover their investment in their electric power stations and power distribution that provides their consumer’s maximum load requirement (which may occur only for a few hours during the year). Therefore, the utility company, in order to justify and pay for their capital investment spreads this cost to its customer in each monthly electrical bill based upon the highest demand of power (kw).

This opens up the case for minimizing one’s Demand Charges. It can be done in many ways. Some are further discussed on our website. The possible ways to implement a Demand Response system that will reduce the Demand Charges are:

  1. To install On Site Electric generation
    • CoGeneration via gas fired generators.
    • Photovoltaic panels.
  2. Converting or substituting electric driven cooling equipment with gas driven engines (chillers).
  3. Spreading the hours of air conditioning function over a 24 hour period versus operating the cooling system only during building’s occupancy. This method deploys storage technology.
  4. By carefully monitoring the building’s power consumption during the hot summer months it is possible to upgrade the building automation system to help reduce the electric power consumption during peak demand loading. This method is known as load leveling.

We have two designs that demonstrate:

  1. Cogeneration
  2. Thermal Energy Storage

Cogeneration

Cogeneration Heat and Power

Thermal Storage

Thermal Energy Storage