Albertans warned about scam to reduce household power costs

Electricity users in Alberta are being warned about a potential scam involving a device that purports to reduce their power bills.

EDMONTON — Electricity users in Alberta are being warned about a potential scam involving a device that purports to reduce their power bills.

The government says it is investigating complaints that telemarketers and door-to-door sales agents are offering what they call a “hydro power saver.”

It supposedly reduces electricity costs by 30 per cent or more if it is plugged into a household socket.

Some customers have allegedly been told that the device — which costs up to $350 — is required by the federal government.

They’ve also been told that their bills could go up or their power might be disconnected if they don’t buy it.

Consumer Protection Minister Heather Klimchuk says the company promoting the gadget on its website (www.powersavercanada.com.) is not licensed as a direct seller in Alberta.