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Buyer beware of energy saving product pitches

Mon, Feb 7th, 2011
Posted in Business Announcements

Rushford, Minn.- An invitation for a free dinner to listen to a presentation on energy saving products may sound harmless, but it has led to deception and the Better Business Bureaus in two states chasing an energy products company.

Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC), of Rushford, Minn., was alerted of the scheme in an article written by Electric Co-op Today, which is published by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

According to the article, the company is selling energy saving devices with claims of lowering energy bills. The company allegedly told members of a Florida electric cooperative the products would be eligible for federal tax refunds and utility rebates, which is not the case.

Florida isn't the only state. Complaints have also been filed in Montana. It is believed that the company behind the alleged activity is Light Power Solutions. Buyers have found the products do not live up to the company's claims.

Shortly after learning of the story, TEC was made aware of the company hosting an upcoming dinner in Winona, Minn. The postcard shows a utility bill and promises savings of 45 percent. In small print it does state that actual savings may vary.

If people are looking for ways, to save energy TEC encourages them to contact their local utility.

"As an electric utility we are equipped with rebate programs, energy audits and information to help you make good, solid choices that will make a difference on energy bills," said Brian Krambeer, TEC's president/CEO. "Don't be pressured by a salesperson to make a hasty decision."

Tri-County Electric Cooperative is a member-owned electric distribution cooperative serving three counties in Minnesota including Winona, Houston and Fillmore and parts of Olmsted and Mower counties in Minnesota and Howard, Winneshiek and Allamakee counties in Iowa. It provides electricity to more than 12,800 services in the area. TEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative.

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