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Beware of power factor correction devices

If you receive calls or offers to purchase a power factor correction device, please contact RPU. In many cases, these devices do not accurately do what they suggest and can be expensive.

RPU staff will be able to answer your questions regarding the offer you received and will be able to offer you other alternatives to saving energy and money.

2 Responses to “Beware of power factor correction devices”

  1. Stephen Says:

    But high power factor CFLs are better than CFLs without high power factor, right?

  2. Tom DeBoer Says:

    Stephen: High power factor compact fluorescent lamps benefit commercial and industrial customers that have a system power factor less than .95. Commercial and industrial customers pay penalties when the power factor is less than .95. Power factor is not metered on residential services so no penalties are imposed for low power factor. Either type of bulb will work well in a residential application. Tom DeBoer, RPU Key Account Representative

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