Originally Posted by Nestor_Kelebay
The truth is that if you could significantly reduce your electric bill by installing these capacitors, then your own government would be encouraging you to do so with incentive programs sponsored by your local electric utility just as they do with programs to add insulation to your house or to install higher efficiency heating equipment or to replace your incandescent lights with compact fluorescent bulbs. If there were a significant savings to be had, your government would be encouraging you to make the change, not just the company selling this capacitor.
The electric companies do offer programs... I have one in my house and I had built enough credits to not pay my first 2 electric bills.
They arn't some magic "BILL ELIMINATOR!!!!" so stop thinking that about every power saving product out there. You are pulling energy, a whole house capacitor (as they are proporly called) CAN reduce the overall load of your house. The problem is you probably arn't running the kind of equipment that is really effected by them. Here's some examples. The motor on a pool pump, it may take 240 volts to get the motor spining but once it does its only pulling somethinging like 1/4th of a volt to keep it going, because of this your sending 239 3/4ths volts right back out your neutral line. your meter is still going to read that as used energy wether you actualy used all the energy or not. Florecent lights are the same way, it takes a certain amount to get the reaction going but once it does the power needed drops drasticly.
CAN it save you money? yes, depending on the electrical equipment your running.
Is it a scam? No, dispite all of the ignorant people saying it is. The product isn't from an infomertial, stop treating it like it was.
And as for the following.
Originally Posted by JoeD
Power factor is not a consideration in residential billing. It will not save a thing
They are all scams.
Google, it is your friend.
On a sidenote: You should probably also consider the fact that all these new appliances today (particularly energy star) ALREADY have a capacitor on them and thus wont be effected by the whole house capacitor. Wait, you do realise that that's what this is right? Your basicly making your whole house an energy star appliance... every single thing in your house... energy star... think about that.