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Beware power factor (and other
energy saving) scams!
for Power Factor, chances are that very near the top of the
results will be a small article I wrote back in the mid-90s.
Through shear age my article has percolated to the top of the
listings. While this article is interesting and educational, it has
very little commercial value for my company. So in February last
year I decided to run Google adverts on the page, to try and make at
least some lunch money out of it (Results to date: About $120, below
the threshold where Google actually pay me).
the Christmas break I received an email from a gentleman in
California who has particular mission to stamp out scams related to
energy saving gadgets. He pointed out to me that some of the adverts
running on my power factor page were, in fact, for rip-off products.
These products claim to save householders money on their electricity
bills by improving the overall power factor of their home
the power companies will charge large industrial and commercial
users more for poor power factor, that does not happen to domestic
users. The electricity meter in your home registers true power, and
that's what you get charged for. Power factor, and reactive power
(wattless watts) do not affect domestic electricity
device that claims to significantly reduce domestic electricity
bills by improving power factor is a scam.
run Google adverts on the power factor page. However, all known scam
products have been blacklisted. This includes, incidentally,
offerings like $50 plans for a gadget you can build for $200 that
will provide you endless free energy, perpetual motion machines,
systems that power cars from water, etc. The laws of thermodynamics
Factor: Dissipating the Myths