[Oeva-list] OT: Real or Scam? Electricity Saver

Drew Lundsten drewlundsten at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 11:54:21 PDT 2008

Dollar- and eco-conscious consumers should indeed care about their power
factor. If your power factor is so poor (due to these inductive loads) that
you need to add back capacitance with this device to lower your charges for
peak demand, I guess there's some truth in this advertisement, and there
does appear to be a "money-back guarantee". However I bet PGE et al have a
whole department of customer service reps who will tell you where to find
capacitors to add to your line for a lot less than $300 (plus installation),
and they'll want you to do it too, to help linearize their load. They should
also tell you whether you'll save any money in your utility bill... and
maybe find other ways you can "optimize" while keeping the work local.



On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:31 AM, <patrick0101 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Have any of you seen or used something like this?  Do you know if it works
> as advertised. I could not find it on snopes.
> http://www.power-save1200.com/cbs46
> http://www.power-save1200.com/1200.html
> From their FAQ
> *How Does the Power-Save Unit Work?*
>> The Power-Save reduces the amount of power drawn from the utility by
>> storing (in its capacitors) otherwise lost electricity (watts) caused by the
>> inductive motors in your home. (Some examples of inductive motors are Air
>> Conditioning units, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers,
>> pool pumps, vacuum cleaners, furnace blower motors, fans etc.) The
>> technology applied by the Power-Save 1200™ Unit supplies that stored
>> electricity back to your inductive loads, thus causing you to decrease your
>> demand from the utility. If you decrease your demand from the utility, your
>> meter slows down, and you use less electricity. The thought is, you've
>> already paid for that electricity, why pay for it and waste it when you can
>> pay for it, store it, and reuse it again. This whole process is called power
>> factor optimization.
> Regards,
> Pat
> Sunlight will never cost $4/gallon
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