Electrical load monitoring is the analysis of electrical consumption measured from the mains intake in any building or sub loads from a main intake. This is done by measuring the current, voltage and frequency of electricity flowing into your building. Lots of information can be gathered through doing this, such as type of load, details of energy consumption and the efficiency of your appliances.
This information is useful to the occupiers and managers of the building by allowing them to understand their energy utilisation and make changes where necessary. By monitoring your electrical load and making changes based on the results, there’s a lower risk of possible overloads, energy anomalies, operational issues, and in some cases, fires.
Without measuring your electrical load, you could be susceptible to frequent replacement of fuses and electrical appliances and a huge fire risk. The data that can be collated from load monitoring will help you to determine whether your building is energy efficient and if an action plan needs to be put into place to reduce this from happening and lowering your fire risk.
If your building is more than fifteen years old, it’s likely that its electrical design doesn’t match the demands of modern high-power equipment which increases your risk of overloads and fire, so we recommend you consider load monitoring to ensure your electrical system isn’t causing problems and failures that can be harmful to your equipment, data and your building in general.
If you’re not sure about whether you have a load imbalance in your building, some indicators may be:
- Flickering lights
- Frequently tripped circuits
- Small shocks from switches or appliances
- Sizzling or buzzing noises from circuit protective devices
- Discoloured plug sockets
Whether these are happening or not, it might be worth testing for other reasons too, such as monitoring your energy usage and making note of any over-pricing on your energy bills.
Get in touch with eco Electrical to prevent any electrical mishaps in your building.