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Load Factor

  1. Nov 5, 2007 #1
    I am just trying to get my head around what a load factor is an indication of.

    It seems that a load factor of 35% or more shows more kwh for your dollar on the end user side of things. But can a more close examination be made in saying "The load factor was 35% in April, and 22% in June therefor the heating required in April affected the buildings load factor more than that required in June.

    So my question which is open for discussion is, what does a load factor tell us about the energy use of a building?

    Thanks, Dave
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  3. Nov 5, 2007 #2


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    Load factor is the ratio of the average load to the peak load. "...what does a load factor tell us about the energy use of a building?" A lower value would tell us that there is a lot of energy being consumed during the utility's peak times. It cost power companys more to produce the next kw at high peak loads compaired to off peak times.
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