You have probably seen them on home shopping television: Small electronic devices that you are meant to plug into your wall outlet and that will magically save you money on your next electricity bill – the appeal of saving money is always something that will attract attention. The big question of course is – do they work?
Well yes and no, and here’s why.
In any household or business, electricity peaks, valleys, and surges constantly. Electricity does not flow in a smooth fashion – it’s always fluctuating, and this is normal. A multitude of factors contribute to this: Power lines, the condition of the wiring, the amount of devices drawing power. The end result however, is that a lot of electricity is essentially wasted away during a regular day.
The power saving device is essentially an electrical capacitor which stores, equalizes, and releases electrical power in a steady flow, all the while preventing regular electrical surges that cause the wasted electricity. Once installed, excess electricity from peaks and surges is stored and then sent out as required. The end result is that you draw less power from your utility company, instead “recycling” excess power throughout your home or office.
Not only does this save you electricity, but will also have the benefit of maintaining the lifespan of your electrical devices, since they will be receiving a steadier stream of power rather than something that fluctuates up and down.
The problem thus is not with the technology behind it but with the manufacturers of these devices. A multitude of these devices have sprung on the market, ranging from anywhere from $60 up to $200 in price. The tech itself is not generally overly complicated, and because it has such a wide appeal, many companies are jumping at the opportunity to sell them. Not all of these manufacturers and companies however build reliable devices, utilizing cheap components that can break easily, or require a larger investment than some by requiring several of the devices spread around the household to work efficiently. These problems may end up costing you more to rectify than what you would have saved on your electricity bill in the first place.
All in all however, it’s definitely worth investing into these devices, but shop carefully and deliberately. Ask around, check reviews, and get one made by a quality company. A good quality power saving device can lead to significant savings and create an overall more energy efficient household, and that is something a little time and effort in research is definitely worthwhile in.