Renewable Energy Scams

energy scam alertMy post on the Magniwork free energy scam was so popular that there must be a strong need out there for someone to uncover all of these free energy scams on the web.  With energy prices continuing to rise, it is an unfortunate fact that scams promising "Never pay for energy again!" or "lower your bills 50%" are going to always be around.  I covered one such scam back in April regarding power factor correction.  Check out the great job that my friend at Open4Energy has done with the Energy Saving Scams post.

Let me re-iterate this fact:  The only way to lower your energy consumption is active conservation.  There is no magic pill.  Monitor, insulate, turn things off, use things less, etc.  If you want renewable energy, you can have a professional install a solar system or wind generator, but it will probably be expensive.  You will not save money building your own!  You may end up with solar panels, but will they really produce a meaningful amount of energy?  Do you want to put them on the roof that your family lives under?

If you see a product advertising itself as free energy machine, check out our post on "Why perpetual motion free energy devices don't work."

***Update 11/11/09 - So I decided to go on ClickBank and see if they had any "energy" guides that I could recommend that weren't scams.  Guess what?  Their top 7 "energy" related guides looked like scams to me.  Here's a screen-shot of the first 7 energy scam articles:

clickbank_energy_scamsSo what is each item above:

  1. Magniwork
  2. Earth4Energy
  3. Power4Home
  4. GreenDIYenergy
  5. Home Made Energy
  6. Magnets4Energy
  7. Free Power Blueprint (another perpetual motion scam)

Of all I've seen, the GreenDIYenergy is the least scammish, but still a little misleading.  But hey, if you don't want to take my word, go ahead an buy one of these plans.  I wont say I told you so (yes I will).  Basically, people scammers upload their "guides" to ClickBank, then other people can sell those guides and earn a commission.

***Update 09/02/09 - Martin was kind enough to try and post a comment on my Power Factor Correction Scam post, but when I did a little research I discovered Martin is involved in a new scam I have not heard about called magnets4energy.  Guess what!  Looks like it is the same people behind Magniwork and Ambigrid.  My post on Magniwork has been so popular (now the number one hit on Google) that they are trying to get ahead of the game and come up with new names. Don't fall for it!  If you want a good chuckle, you can find Martin's site at (WARNING: Scam Site!), but I am not directly linking to it.  Here is his comment, just so you get a feeling for how these scammers and frauds are trying to operate:

Interesting post, i found very cool clips on you tube of free magnetic energy generators and was absolutely fascinated. These are worth having a look at. Marty.

*Original post below


I found Ambigrid on one of the scam websites promoting Magniwork and was amazed at how similar the Ambigrid and Magniwork websites looked.  After some help from I discovered that (ta da!) Magniwork and Ambigrid are registered to the same IP Address!

Brothers in Crime

Brothers in Crime

Guess the con-artists realized that people were catching on to the Magniwork name.  Now I dont know what material they try to present in the Ambigrid plans, but since it is the same group of people promoting the plans, they get labeled scam by association.

earth4energyEarth4Energy:  While I'm not officially labeling this as a scam, it's pretty darn close.  I also did an IP address search and found that Earth4Energy is also registered in Germany, but it has a different IP address than the ones above.  Could they be related?

I have been over to a friend's house and seen the plans with my own eyes.  While there is more useful information than Magniwork, it simplifies most things a great deal.  I covered these guys in a recent post titled: Earth4Energy - too good to be true? The guys over at have a pretty thorough analysis on what they are calling the Earth4Energy scam.  I did find it interesting that some of the diagrams in Earth4Energy were the same diagrams in Magniwork.  Could they be developed by the same people?

Basically, any site that offers to sell you plans to build an energy system (solar, wind, magnets, etc.) for cheaper than what you would pay a professional is probably a  SCAM!  Now, if they offer to teach you how to build a generator as a hobby project, that is something totally different.  Also, if the site claims that the "energy companies" have been hiding the plans because of a big conspiracy, guess what...SCAM.

Electricity is not stuff to play around with.  Unless you are  a professional, don't think you can buy some magic plans to save energy.  If it were for real, some reputable company would be doing it already.  If you have doubts, shoot me an email and run it by me.  I have access to electrical engineers and reputable people in the blogosphere.

Look at it this way: All these sites claiming to "help" you are selling something.  This blog isn't.  We do eventually want to make money (off ads).  We are giving advice to attract readers so eventually we can make money off ads.  But in order to do that we need to give good advice and be trusted.  If Mapawatt violates that trust then nobody would read us.

Below are the websites I've found that recommend Magniwork (which is a 100% scam) or products like it.  If you represent one of these websites or you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.  I'd love to have a healthy debate.

SCAM Sites

Anything that promotes Magniwork or Ambigrid is getting a Scam site label.  If I were you, steer clear of these sites and all products they recommend.

Hojo Motor (this is now one of our most popular posts) - added on 9/2/09 - added on 9/2/09

Our society constantly looks for the easy way out, but when it comes to energy, there is no magic device here.  It all comes down to implementing proven technologies that are discussed on Mapawatt Blog and other reputable sites.  Don't fall for any of these scams!

***Update - 9/17/09 - So I was doing a little research, and I found this mock scam site:

The web address looks like one of the scam ones, but it's not.  It's worth checking out. The site actually makes fun of all the scam offers out there offering to teach you how to build your own solar panels. The best tip on

Secret # 5. I know that I mentioned tax credits and rebates on my website but I never said in my video and guide book that your home made panels or wind generator would qualify for them. You see since your home made solar panels and wind generator aren't U.L. approved and would violate the NEC code (National Electric Code) if you installed them on an occupied dwelling, you can't get a permit to install them on your home or business. So if you can't get a permit then you can't apply for any tax credits or rebates.

***Update - 10/30/09 -- One of the Mapawatt team members sent a link for Power 4 Home.  I won't say this is a 100% scam, but I will say they provide some misleading information.  It looks like it is the exact same people behind a company mentioned above and something I've written about in the past, Earth 4 Energy (they aren't that original when coming up with different names).

One thing they say on their site is: "if you generate more energy than you use, the electricity company will pay you!". Which isn't true! Usually, the utility will just reduce your bill by the amount of energy you produce, but if you zero out they will not pay you any more! It is information like this that makes me add them to this list.

Another annoying thing about these sites, is they have an annoying pop-up like the one below when you try to leave their "scammish" site:

Power4home_earth4Energy_sales_popup_scamIt seems like every single one of the sites utilizes this tool.  I wonder if they are all working together?

***update 11/11/09 - I decided to actually see how this computer generated response works.  Enjoy the conversation (it is just a coincidence that the computer sales person below has the same name as me)!

energy scam dialogue with a computer

energy scam dialogue with a computer

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i think chip is right you are a scam promoter ; i checked out the site you say:It’s worth checking out The site actually makes fun of all the scam offers out there offering to teach you how to build your own solar panels.actually the site is only selling you the how to and orther stuff for an amaizing price of 49.99 instead of 500$ HERE IS the real scam
WTF? I think that you are a scam. I've reviewed too many energy creation sites, educational and not selling any product, and observed the simple application of known ideas and simple technology to embrace the idea that you are on the feeding trough of some power company.
Haha, you can't call a person a scam because they call certain services a scam. Good try, that made my night.
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Chip, Really? And you've read through our <a href="" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">500 posts on Clean Energy </a>and come to this conclusion? Thanks for wasting my time.
I am interested in magnetic energy, and am in the process of learning about the earths magnetic field. This energy does exist, as it is this power the the earth's life is still living. It is this magnetic field that sheilds us from solar rays the burst from the sun's burnning core, so the unanswered question is what drives this HUGE field around the earth? i think i read it was a combination of the earths rotation (MRI machine uses same concepts), the earths magnetic field which is to be measured at .5gauss, we have magneics that measure at 60telsa = 60,000gauss so the key point would be what drives the earth magnetic field. But even with out knowning that i have to think there is a way to use these 60 telsa magnitcs staggared in a way that it could pull and repel a shaft (using polarity) that could keep a generator running? Any thoughts on that concept?
Magniwork does work on the tiniest thing, like lighting an LED light. What do you really expect for $47 dollars? There is a thing known as scaling up and that is what you need to do with these or any other plans. I just don't think you can expect the whole answer to all your energy problems for $47 dollars. Magniwork and the other organizations you mention do over promise and under deliver big time. This is nothing new and it won't go away or even seem to affect their sales.
My question is" Has anyone built any of these units and had them work or not work. I see all of the label of scam and fraud but no data from anyone that has tried them. On a sub-atomic level some of this makes sense. Cold fusion is said not to work but the current funded research in the field relabel Low Energy Nuclear Reaction totals in the billions of dollars each year. These are the same thing and probably related to "free magnetic energy". I deal in data so if anyone has any data either for or against please email me at Thanks, Bud
Hey Chris, These build your own solar panels are certainly scams. The main problem is that even if you follow their instruction you simply get a panel that is shoddily constructed. No way should anyone use one of these homemade panels for anything other than a simple science project. Maybe run a small radio off it to impress the friends. The panel would not be UL listed and should never be connected to the electrical grid (that your house is connected too). Of course for only double what it costs to but those 2nd's or leftover silicon solar cells you can go ahead and buy a UL listed solar panel that can be connected to the grid.
Great blog...Thanks for you research! I was looking into a device called the powershaver to reduce my electric bills. Has anyone looked into this device?
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Jim, Here is what their website says for residential users: "residential customers to <strong>protect their equipment and reduce their cost of operation</strong>." It doesnt say reduce energy bills. I commend them for that. Because as I wrote in a post on <a href="" rel="nofollow">power factor correction</a>, it doesnt help residential customers!


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