Avoid the energy saving device scam

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Online advertisements constantly appear on users’ screens. There have been pop-up ads for a tempting product that promises to cut electricity costs by 90%. And these goods are nothing more than a scam.

The energy-saving devices promoted are among the many variants of “energy savers” frequently advertised online. Even though these electrical appliances aren’t cheap, buying them can be a waste of money, and there have been cases of them overheating or catching fire.

These energy saving devices consist of a socket, a small circuit board, an LED and a capacitor, a power factor correction capacitor which is not very efficient. This device is a prank that will not reduce a household’s energy consumption; typically, electricity providers base electricity costs on a household’s energy consumption.

Examples of energy-saving device scams

There are several examples of these small devices that can magically plug into the outlet and claim to lower your electricity costs. You are given a cheap plastic box that will not reduce your electricity consumption. Known brands are Eco-Watt & Poke, MiracleWatt Voltex Volterbox & Voltifier. Voltex was discovered so quickly that it had to create a website for the similar Voltbox. As you read this they may have an additional name.

A surefire method of getting electrocuted, rather than saving your electricity bills, is to try plugging metal objects into a power outlet. NEVER insert anything into an outlet that is not designed to be plugged in.

The Voltex Power Saver: is it a fraud?

One such scam is the “Voltex Power Saver”, a plug-in gadget offered for sale online that promises to cut your energy costs by at least half. However, Voltex power savers ratings paint a different story than presented on their website.

What is a Voltex Power Saver then? The Voltex energy saver: does it work? And what do the reviews say about Voltex energy savers?

The ease and convenience of the Voltex power saver is the selling point of the scam. It works by plugging into the outlet closest to your electrical outlet and starts working without any additional work required. The website claims it will save you money. Once plugged in, your Voltex Energy Saver should operate without requiring any maintenance.

The Voltex energy saver does not work, however. Voltex Energy Saver does not contain anything that could reduce energy costs.

Also, if you look elsewhere for Voltex Power Saver reviews, you will come across a well-known story. On Trustpilot, 92% of reviews are negative, all of whom complain that the Voltex power saver has done little to reduce their expenses.

Everything about the company raises suspicion, even if you ignore the negative reviews and dubious scientific claims. As far as we know, the company has gone through three name changes. The company, formerly known as ‘Motex’, later changed its name to ‘Ecovoltex’, and is now simply known as ‘Voltex’, appears to change its identity whenever fraud is discovered.

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Home Energy Saving Scam Review

How are power factors calculated on residential properties? Power factor correction makes sense for many businesses/industries.

Many companies demonstrate that their energy-saving units can reduce household consumption by using “active power factor correction”. The concept seems to make sense. However, this is impossible.

In 2008 and 2009, Auscha marketed and sold the Power Saver, a device that plugs into a standard electrical outlet, made misleading claims about the energy-saving ability of its Enersonic Power Saver device, concluded the Federal Court.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) argument focused on the claim that the power saver, a power factor correction capacitor, did not reduce the amount of electricity used by a domestic user. Consumers of natural electrical energy, also known as active power, as measured by household electricity meters, are generally the only ones who pay retail electricity providers. Home consumers cannot save money by using the power saver because it is unable to reduce the actual electrical power used by home consumers.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has claimed that Auscha breached the Trade Practices Act 1974 by making numerous false or misleading claims about the energy saver in legal proceedings brought in July 2010.

What is power factor correction?

Large industrial companies use the “power factor improvement” technique to reduce their load current for a specific load. If the power factors of these companies drop below a certain level, they will be penalized. Only the amount of charging current is affected by the power factor improvement, not the amount of energy consumed by the company. Why is it crucial to reduce the charging current? This reduces the need for the power supplier to spend money on heavier cables, larger transformers, etc.

The power factor indicates the efficiency with which the equipment of the commercial site uses electricity. In technical terms, it is the ratio of working power (kW) to perceived power (kVA) supplied to your site.

Consider a beer glass filled with foam and amber liquid. You prefer more amber liquid and less foam because you are paying for the whole glass of beer to get the most bang for your buck. A low power factor is similar to a beer with excessive foam, with foam being a waste of time and money.

The amber liquid represents the working power (kW on your bill). This power does the actual work and can be harnessed to create heat, light, or motion. Think of it as the satisfying liquid in the beer you paid big bucks to drink.

Foam represents reactive power (measured in kVAr). This power sustains the electromagnetic field that powers certain equipment. Think of it as the foam on the neck of your beer – while nice to have, it’s not as satisfying as the amber liquid.

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However, for domestic customers, an increase in the power factor is not necessary because the energy suppliers charge for the energy they supply, without taking into account the power factor of the residential loads. Power quality is improved by power factor correction devices, although energetic efficiency is generally not increased (meaning they would not reduce electricity bills).

The devices are covered in more detail in this hilarious video explaining why they malfunction.

Study of energy saving in domestic loads

Using examples, we can look at household reactive resistance, electrical loads, and surge characteristics.

Follow these techniques to save energy more simply and inexpensively:

  • Use an energy monitor or power meter to check the electricity used in your home.
  • Convert all the lights in your house to LED.
  • Opt for energy-efficient heating and cooling systems.

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