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Consumer Magazine tests energy saving device

posted Nov 3, 2011, 5:18 AM by ema-1 ema-1   [ updated Feb 16, 2012, 1:01 AM ]
"The advertising for the Go4Green Energy Smart sounded great: “Fit & Forget – simply plug into any power point close to everyday appliances and switch on, designed and proven to reduce kWh usage and electricity costs by up to 10% and more, Tried & Tested – fully certified and independently tested ECO product.” But it wasn’t true, and the device was electrically dangerous, too. As a result of our investigations, Go4Green Energy Smart has been banned from sale and use in New Zealand. Even though it claimed to have safety approvals, Go4Green wasn’t electrically safe. It used a small internal capacitor to attempt to save power, which meant it stored electricity. If you removed it from a live wall socket, it would have 230 volts stored up and the pins would still be live. Both here and in Australia several people have had an electric shock from touching the pins accidentally"

"If you have one of these devices, stop using it immediately. Remove it carefully from the wall. Avoid touching the pins, and carefully put it back in its box, or a plastic container. The capacitor will self-discharge in a few days. Because it’s a faulty product, you can claim a full refund from the seller – so get on to it now"

The device is now prohibited by NZ's energy safety regulator and cannot be used in New Zealand.

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See also: Energy Saving Devices available in New Zealand