Using the VITALITY energy management platform, the Central Utah Correctional Facility (CUCF) identified a problem with their power factor, of which they were previously unaware. Using the historian feature inside of Vitality, CUCF located certain buildings with less than optimal power factor issues with both leading and lagging sine waves. Using this data, CUCF could not only identify the problem but also verify that the solution deployed did indeed fix their power factor issues.
Identifying and correcting these issues with power factor helped CUCF find thousands of dollars a year in wasted energy costs and increased emissions.
Why should you care about power factor? Brandon Church, the Facility Coordinator at the correctional facility, said, “It comes down to efficiency. How efficient you are using the power you are paying for and how efficient the equipment is running. There is less wear and tear on equipment that is running well. If you have a bad power factor, then you have to use more electricity to backload the electricity that you are losing. You are using more electricity to get the same amount of work done from your equipment. This is why the power factor is so important.”
With VITALITY’s energy management platform, you can identify, track, and solve inefficiencies with your energy consumption, such as power factor, by visualizing your building’s energy usage in real-time.
About The Central Utah Correctional Facility
The Central Utah Correctional Facility in Gunnison opened in 1989. It houses up to 1,800 male inmates. The facility offers a variety of opportunities for inmates, including high school education, substance abuse treatment, life skills courses, and Utah Correctional Industries work programs (Sign Shop, Contract Sewing, Uniform Sewing/Mattress/Pillow Production, and Embroidery/Silk Printing).
CUCF employs approximately 500 people. The vast majority of employees live in the Six-County region (Juab, Millard, Piute, Sanpete, Sevier, and Wayne counties), with more than half living in Sanpete County.