Re: High Mains Voltage
Originally Posted by Judd
Voltage stabilisers limit supplies to 230V so less efficient appliances. The same ridiculous argument is used by the EU to regulate electricity consumption of new appliances not realising that if something takes longer to do, you aren't saving anything at all.
That is true for heating though the life of the heater element will possibly be reduced but what about your washing machine? It's function is timed no heating function there (at least not in mine) so higher voltage means more power consumed for no benefit to me. Radios, TV, computers, lighting - same thing. It might be a small amount for a household but for a distributor it must add up.
Personally I don't see the need for voltage stabilisers merely better system control - usually just a flick of a switch to change the tap on a transformer for an area.
They do have a point that the system is not designed to for solar feed in but there is no excuse for the voltage to be 247.4v at night. It never used to be so before the poles and wires were privatised.