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Housing Association trial success for VPhase

Following a three month social housing trial with Great Places Housing Group, VPhase has released independently analysed results that demonstrate energy savings of between 8.5% and 9.0% and estimated yearly CO2 savings of up to 180kg per property. This equates to an average 3.6% of a households’ annual CO2 emissions and importantly, a significant proportion of many housing association’s overall CO2 reduction targets.

The trial, which took place between February and May 2010, saw the low-cost VPhase unit installed in a number of tenants’ homes to monitor its ease of installation as well as independently measure its energy and carbon saving capability. Tenants involved in the trial were able to benefit from the immediate and significant money and energy savings the product delivers, without having to change their lifestyle or electricity supplier.

Matthew Harrison, deputy chief executive and director of development at Great Places Housing Group comments: "The results are very encouraging and we will now look at the viability of installing VPhase units in more of our houses."

Adds VPhase CEO Lee Juby: "We are already working with a number of major UK utilities to introduce VPhase units into homes nationwide. However, with an estimated 4 million homes in England, the social housing market is an extremely important sector for us. These results confirm that the VPhase unit will not only help social housing providers meet stringent carbon reduction targets, it will also help social housing become more affordable for the people that need it the most."

The low-cost VPhase unit uses voltage optimisation technology to reduce and stabilise the incoming voltage to homes and manage it to a stable level, normally 220V in the UK. The result is considerable reductions to electricity costs, reduced wasted energy and lower carbon emissions. It can be easily fitted by a qualified electrician, requires no maintenance and will instantly save energy across a wide range of appliances throughout the home.

The VPhase unit is fitted next to the fuse box and operates on socket outlets and lighting circuits where it can maximise savings. It is best fitted whenever a new fuse box is fitted, adding value for the electrician and the homeowner.

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