# volt-amperes reactive (vars)

**volt-amperes reactive (vars):** In alternating-current power transmission and distribution, the product of the rms voltage and amperage, *i.e.,* the apparent power, multiplied by the sine of the phase angle between the voltage and the current. *Note 1:* Vars represents the power not consumed by a reactive load, *i.e.,* when there is a phase difference between the applied voltage and the current. *Note 2:* Only effective power, *i.e.,* the actual power delivered to or consumed by the load, is expressed in watts. Volt-amperes reactive is properly expressed only in volt-amperes, never watts. *Note 3:* To maximize transmission efficiency, vars must be minimized by balancing capacitive and inductive loads, or by the addition of an appropriate capacitive or inductive reactance to the load.

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