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How to reduce Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) running costs

Having an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) installed at your business is now a crucial consideration for many budgets and companies. It means your data, equipment and services are protected in the event of a power outage or issue with the electrical supply. This can give you time to kick start your standby generator, or safely power down devices to avoid catastrophic data loss.

However, with rising energy costs and budget concerns in this day and age, how to reduce UPS costs is a key concern for many of our customers. So, we’ve put together a guide on some steps you can take to make the most of UPS efficiency and help cut down on running costs for your backup critical power solution.

How to maximise UPS efficiency

Choose an energy efficient UPS system

Starting off with the right equipment will obviously help make sure you’re set up for success. An energy-efficient UPS system can reduce wastage by around half as compared to conventional battery sets.

This minimises energy loss, in both the distribution of electrical power and the conversion process. As well as being more cost-effective, this is also a more eco-friendly critical power solution.

Use eco-mode or efficiency settings

It might sound obvious, but using any settings provided by your manufacturer for efficient running can help cut costs. Some UPS systems have an ‘eco-mode’ that switches to a higher load factor, and can improve efficiency, sometimes up to around 98%.

This reduces energy consumption, so can go a long way to lowering running costs. However, please note that eco-mode may not be appropriate for all systems or supplies, so it’s crucial to check with the manufacturer and your Vital Power engineer first.

Use a higher UPS load factor

Modern technology means that most UPS systems are now typically around 95% efficient. Efficiency is calculated based on load factor – this means the amount of power capacity being used.

Operating your equipment at a high load factor means you can maximise energy usage and improve the efficiency of your UPS. This means that a significant portion of the system’s power capacity is consistently in use, optimising performance and efficiency.

Regular UPS maintenance

Staying on top of UPS battery services, maintenance and other upkeep is a crucial step. This will make sure all parts and components are working as efficiently as possible and you’re not losing energy at any point in the generation cycle.

Maintenance can include things like battery checks, UPS load tests, air filter cleaning and updates to software and firmware to make sure all updates are installed.

UPS virtualisation

Virtualising your UPS system can also help with efficiency. UPS virtualisation is consolidating multiple physical servers into virtual ones, reducing the requirement for multiple physical systems. It essentially refers to the process of having one smart power backup system. This helps save energy, reduces the number of backup systems needed, and makes things simpler and more efficient.

This consolidation has a cascading effect on the number of Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS) required to support the servers. With fewer UPS units needed, energy consumption decreases, resulting in lower running costs.

Want to know more? Vital Power offers 24-hour service across the UK from our team of Uninterruptible Power Supply specialists. We can help with choosing the right UPS system and more – get in touch.

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