Went to one of those free seminars on saving energy last night ( mainly for a great free meal
). Anyway one of the devices they had was one of those devices that correct the power and store waste in the capacitors to be used later. Now I realize these only do anything with inductive loads, and not resistive loads. They tell you tha big companies use them. After a little research It seems that big power consumers get billed for a poor power factor and residential does not. Sooooooooo, would these things ever save enough money to pay for themselves?
The company that did the presentation was soalr Tek, they talked a little about solar, but most of what they talked about was power conservation. They had info on those GE hybrid water heaters, they seem pretty neat, but not for another 5 years till the price comes down
. They also talked about foil radiant barriers. This seems to be the hot ticket, my boss did this in his attic before it was becoming mainstream said it made a big differance on the heat coming in his house.
If anyone has real life experience with these power factor correction devices please share.