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

Drew Lundsten drewlundsten at gmail.com
Tue Jul 15 12:00:17 PDT 2008

... also useful/relevant to know whether you're paying in kVA or kWH.

On Tue, Jul 15, 2008 at 11:54 AM, Drew Lundsten <drewlundsten at gmail.com>

> 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.
> Enjoy,
> Drew
> 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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