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Not made anymore for a reason
on November 6, 2008
I bought two of these years ago when they first were made. I put one on my refrigerator (made in 1992) and one on my washing machine; thinking I was doing the right thing for the environment and my wallet.
I recently started working from home and noticed my refrigerator ran all the time. I borrowed a plug-in power meter and ran the refrigerator with and without the GreenPlug. The refrigerator ran more quietly with the GreenPlug but ran longer. The refrigerator was pulling less energy per hour from the grid but by pulling the power for more hours was burning an extra half a kilowatt per day. I did this experiment for several days to verify results. An extra half a kilowatt per day doesn't sound like much but that adds up to over $18/year for a device that's supposed to save you money.
I also tested the washing machine. Since it is a timed cycle rather than a condition based operation like a refrigerator; it does save a little. However, it would take years to pay back the original investment.
Bottom line: it's not made anymore because it's not a good product. In one instance costing more and in another the savings is so slight it's not worth the time.