Is Okowatt a scam, or is it legit?
First of all its EcoWatt and not Okowatt. People often call it Okowatt sometimes.
In 2017, a revolutionary new product called EcoWatt hit the market. Initially, it was shielded from the general public, all because it offered the opportunity for average families to save on their monthly energy costs.’
‘EcoWatt is the energy providers’ best-kept secret. They’ve been trying to hide it from the everyday power consumer and even have banned the sale of it in retail shops —just to maximize their profit.
However, thanks to the internet, the secret is now out, and everyday customers are now reaping the rewards of less power consumption overall, as well as less power used by household appliances.
‘When EcoWatt was discovered overseas, power companies then spent millions (likely your money from years of overpaying) to stop the product from reaching retail store shelves.
It would spell the end of their profiteering, and it was important that they kept it out of the public eye. However, the legality of such a move put a stop to this, and now close to 150,000 households worldwide are experiencing lower power bills, all because of an inconspicuous plug-in device.’
So, the blurb for this product is making some pretty serious accusations against the energy providers:
- EcoWatt is the energy provider’s ‘best-kept secret’.
- Initially, the energy providers ‘shielded the EcoWatt from the general public’.
- Energy providers have been ‘trying to ban its sale in retail shops’.
- Energy providers have ‘spent millions to stop the product from reaching retail store shelves’.
Is Okowatt a scam, or is it legit?
In fact, the claims made by this particular company (and it is not alone, in this regard) are straightforward lies and their product is a scam.
Another company which sells so-called energy savers is ‘Electric Saver 1200‘ which is based in the United States. This company’s ‘explanation’ of how their device works was obviously written by someone with absolutely no understanding of electrical science.
It’s a scam. Industrial customers often get charged for Power Factor among other things. Residential customers get charged for Kwh, which means something like this (which is likely just a big capacitor) is useless.
The device is probably based on the old “Tron Box” hack. Where putting capacitors in parallel in a circuit and a resistor on one side could supposedly create a reverse phase that at low energy consumption case your power meter to slow down or even reverse.
Did it work? Who knows. The schematic doesn’t really make any sense as you would be trying to draw power to the “Tron Box” at the same time you are trying to back feed the same line.
Would it work today? No, the theory behind it was that it would slow down your power meter during low energy usage times like the middle of the night or even cause the motor in the meter to turn backwards causing the kW to count backwards.
It is a scam.
As most meters today are digital and don’t have the motor spinning a disc that could reverse anymore, all you would be doing is charging some capacitors and probably cause your breakers to blow.
Power meters really only read the power consumption in one direction, the amount you draw into your home to power your devices and appliances.
To work you would probably need a meter that measures power in both directions, in and out, like they put on homes with solar panels that feed the grid. But if you have that type of meter then you probably have solar panels and don’t need this thing, to begin with.
Does the “Okowatt” really work to save you your electric bill?
No, the Okowatt is a complete scam. It claims to correct the power factor of your household loads, however, the box contains only a couple of LED lights and a small capacitor, it actually wastes a small amount of electricity.
Residential electricity consumers are not billed for power factor. It’s only an issue for large factories that run high power machinery.
In these situations, it is possible to correct the power factor, but it must be done dynamically by switching large capacitor banks in and out, under computer control.
These devices cost tens of thousands of dollars. But there is no reason to correct power factor for residential loads, as you are not billed for it (and even if you were, houses don’t have huge, highly reactive loads that could be corrected).
Anyone with a basic knowledge of physics would, from reading the advertising material, immediately spot it as a fraud.
Even without basic knowledge of physics, it should be obvious that if such a device would work, the technology would immediately become widespread since it would go a long way towards solving the world’s energy problems.
Okowatt is just another scam. I am a professional electrician and worked in the field many years even had an electrical contractor’s license.
I spent my greatest number of years in the field working as an electrical technician and troubleshooter and I can tell you that everything in a building is it a house or otherwise requires so much power and you get billed for the amount of power you consume not for capacity, current or anything else.
There is a power equation and you can manipulate any part of the equation but on the other side of that equation you will have total power needed or consumed and that will not change unless you want things not to work or wear out sooner than they were designed to .
I can get a 120V light bulb to work for at least a short while but if the voltage is too much the thing will burn out. I can play around with the current but things will either not work or stop working soon.
There is really only one way for anyone to save on electricity and that is not to use it, period. If anyone really wants to save on electricity then use only one or just a few solar panels to create your own electricity.
Solar panel systems can be custom-designed to serve the needs of just one or a few circuits but one does not need to spend $20,000.00 for an entire house system.
A product that costs only $40.00 is not going to get you anywhere.
It’s a scam.
It’s a small, very small, capacitor which MAY, in a very small way reduce the kVAR (apparent power) consumed in your house by altering the pf (Power Factor)
You pay for the active POWER you consume, kWh.
Your utility meter ONLY measures and makes you pay for kWh. Not kVAR.
No private home or small business is charged for kVAR, that is only done for LARGE industrial users.
As a fact, your power company makes and transmits kVA on their lines, the lower the pf, they lower the kW (active power) and more kVA (reactive power), and the larger power lines need to be. They want to supply as near 1.0 pf as they can, to save on alternator and line investment
Sure, this is mumbo-jumbo engineering-speak of mine.
Take my words, based on my long professional engineer’s life in power generation, your money is TOTALLY wasted.
Take your wife for lunch for that money instead.
Here is more wordy explanation.
Is Okowatt a scam, or is it legit?