Thursday, October 19, 2017

KVAR Power Factor Correction in the Home is a Scam

KVAR Power Factor Correction in the Home is a Scam

Power Factor Correction Scam Review

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Power Factor Correction for reducing electric power bills of residential customers (home owners) is a scam. At most, each unit is worth a few cents as an investment. Power factor correction does make sense for some commercial / industrial customers or for rare situations where you pay for current (amps) or are connected to a gas/diesel generator.

if you are reading this because you saw a nice video on YouTube showing how these devices save money, watch again and you will see them showing you the current (amps) being reduced when the power factor device is switched on. This is correct, except that you are billed in kilowatt hours (kWh) not amps. If they set their meters to show kWh instead of amps, there would have been no change at all and it would have become the perfect demonstration of how these devices are useless for reducing power bills.

The KVAR Power Factor Optimizer from Save Energy LLC is a typical example of this scam. Others to look out for are KVAR Energy Saving Systems, KVAR EC, KVAR Energy Controller KEC PU1200, Nevvus Powerguard, Power-Save 1200, Power Saver HOME, Kilowatt Nanny, PowerwoRx-e3, Power Saver Enersonic and SurgeXpro.

Update: There is now a definitive debunking from a source you should trust; the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. NIST Team Demystifies Utility of Power Factor Correction Devices and the much more detailed technical report NIST Technical Note 1654, Regarding Electric Energy Savings, Power Factors, and Carbon Footprints: A Primer.

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