Hello all, I have seen a gadget advertised for around £30.00 that they claim will cut 10% off my electricity bill. It is just a small box that you plug into any socket. Seen it in the national press and now being sent Emails urging me to buy one. Has anyone else seen this and if so can you explain how this works or if it does at all. If it seems to be too good to be true it usually is. Any comments or advice on this one please.
Hi again, this is not an energy monitor that I am referring to, or energy saving bulbs etc. I wish I could give you a link but I can`t. It is advertised in Daily Mail and I was emailed by GIZOO, the device is called "ENERGY WIZARD" made by a company called ECOTEK I think. It is a small box like a phone charger that you plug into any spare socket and it will cut your bill by up to 10%. Sounds like a load of B------s to me but if anyone knows otherwise I would love to know how this thing can possibly work.
Bit of a waste of time really as power factor is not monitored in UK domestic installations. It is in 3 ph commercial supplies however where there are likely to be large numbers of fluorescent lights and induction motors.
I had dealings with a company developing something similar to this over 20 years ago but it was designed to replace a 13A plug on a specific appliance. It was primarily meant for fridges and freezers and did indeed use power factor correction but by using solid state switching devices rather than large capacitors. The company was called Savawatt and were based in the W. Midlands.