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Energy Saving Surge Suppressors?  Don't hold your breath. . .

You don't have to take our word for it.  Consider the following articles:

FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION PRESS RELEASES
See LinkSELLER OF ELECTRICAL DEVICE AGREES TO SETTLE FTC CHARGES OF MISREPRESENTING ENERGY SAVINGS...Federal Trade Commission has charged ...with falsely representing that its "transient voltage surge suppressors" would save consumers 20 percent on their electric bills  You can change the name...but the game's the same.
See LinkAlthough these products can protect equipment from power surges, in the past the Commission and the states have challenged claims that these products provide significant savings for consumers' energy bills.
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
See LinkEC&M Magazine is the technical authority for 140,000+ electrical professionals, including 84,500+ subscribers in electrical contracting firms (reaching all NECA and IEC member firms and ENR's top 50), 33,500+ subscribers in industrial plants and in commercial/ institutional facilities with 100+ employees (93% coverage of Fortune 1000 firms), and 22,000+ consulting electrical engineers.
See LinkEPRI--The Electric Power Research Institute was founded in 1973 as a non-profit energy research consortium for the benefit of utility members, their customers, and society.
See LinkMikHolt.com is a nationally respected authority in regards to application of the National Electrical Code
See LinkFocus on Energy is a public-private partnership offering energy information and services to energy utility customers throughout Wisconsin. The goals of this program are to encourage energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, enhance the environment, and ensure the future supply of energy for Wisconsin.
See LinkISP-Planet was designed from the start to address the concerns of Internet Service Providers.
See LinkWestern's Energy Services is a division of Western Area Power Administration, a Department of Energy agency that markets and transmits Federal hydroelectric power in 15 western states.
EVERYONE IS A TARGET
See LinkProof that these people have no shame....from GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Want to see an ongoing soap opera?  Hammond Star News Article

   There is a lot of confusion, though.  Before we begin, we need to make one thing perfectly clear.  We think it borders on fraud for someone to claim that a surge suppression installation alone will save large amounts of electricity.  Let's be rational...if a surge suppression installation alone could account for  large reductions in energy usage...the companies making these claims wouldn't be able to sell surge suppressors...because everyone would already have them.  Given the conditions of many utilities (in not having sufficient capacity) you'd even think they would either REQUIRE them or PROVIDE them.  Neither is the case.

   The only reason we think that utilities (and others) don't come outright and say it is because they fear legal retribution over something they think only idiots fall for.

   If someone makes this claim to you, ask him to provide proof of the savings from an independent, nationally recognized testing laboratory.  Then forget about them...because you won't be seeing them again.

IF YOU BOUGHT A SURGE SUPPRESSOR AS AN ENERGY SAVINGS DEVICE, YOU DID NOT BUY ENERGY SAVINGS DEVICE...YOU BOUGHT A GUARANTEE.  It's likely NEITHER will work as well as advertised.  Good luck.

   You do, though, need to understand our position on "energy savings" in relation to "surge suppression".  We believe that SOME energy savings is possible...in fact, we've seen circumstances where it cannot be disputed.  What can be disputed, however, is the amount of such savings .  We do not believe, and have seen no proof in our own experience, that savings in the ranges of 10% to 20% or more exist in a repeatable, verifiable, scientifically defensible form in the United States.  This belief is bolstered by the fact that we have numerous instances of distributors of other products coming to us because the equipment they used to represent was "not performing as advertised".

    Our own experience is that the reasons engineers and Utility companies say energy savings with surge suppressors isn't possible at all is because:

  1. The engineer's experience with surge suppression is "point installation".  In other words, installation at a specific point in the facility's system to provide, for example, protection from lightning as a primary purpose.
  2. The engineer's inability to measure the differences because of the complicating factors of production and weather effects (to name only two).
  3. While the phenomena of transient voltages' disruptive action in inductive masses has been known for a long time in the professional community.  It isn't well-known by people that don't specialize in the field of power quality, and usually more specifically, transient voltage mitigation.
  4. The engineer is unaware of the correlation of performance to activity and doesn't know what defines an "active" environment.
  5. No equipment exists to truly measure true transient "activity" in a commercial environment for more than a few hours.  

Transient voltages produce hysteresis losses in the iron cores of inductive devices and they produce these same losses in conductors of great mass.  These loses are the result of "eddy current" losses induced when the system is exposed to large numbers of mid-to-high frequency transients.

These "eddy currents" can be described simply (please note--this is a gross simplification) as disruptions in the magnetic fields that allow inductive devices (motors and transformers) to work.  These disruptions will produce some efficiency losses, which have never been accurately measured...only calculated.

In defense of these engineers (both those independent and from Utility companies), the most likely cause is that they have been "burned" by people that have come forward with outrageous claims.  We've seen claims that surge suppression can result in (fill-in-the-blank)% savings...and that such amounts are even GUARANTEED.

Such claims are ludicrous.  The benefit of energy savings produced by surge suppression is extremely difficult t o measure and since it's not a primary benefit of surge suppression, we think it is ridiculous to market a product on a characteristic that it provides, at best, as a "side-benefit".

The problem with even these results is that there are usually other conditions which could be pointed to and may have produced (to the benefit or detriment of) the performance of the surge suppressor as "an energy savings device".

This is why most engineers will indicate that "evidence of energy savings from surge suppression is not conclusive".

This is the position of many utilities and most competent electrical engineers around the country...and we agree.

 

 

 


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