From: Robert Baer
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Subject: Re: Why is the home voltage so high ?
Date: Thu, 03 Oct 2002 06:40:12 GMT
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> Are you suggesting that the high voltage is intentional ? Do you know
> something I don't ?
> To answer some of the questions from other posters :
> I have checked neutral vs. ground (0V). I checked three to four outlets
> around the house. All show identical readings. Yes, I did find one or two
> lights have blown. Also, my TV has gone bad and had sparking from the switch
> a while back (at the time when I was observing the intense radiation around
> the house). The TV shows only some lines in the top half. The audio is OK,
> except once even that deteriorated and went off. Then, it came back.
> < Once I get a fix on this I will be calling the utility co. I did see the
> electrician - a white man ~ 40 yrs. - going around replacing lawn lights and
> garage lights, checking outlets, etc. just last week or so. >
> "Robert Baer" wrote in message
> > News2020 wrote:
> > >
> > > I measured the voltage at the power outlets at home and found it to be
> > > to 140 V.
> > >
> > > This is way beyond the expected range (110-120) ?
> > The original specification was 115/117VAC.
> > The cynical reason for high voltage is because everyone talks big
> > about saving energy.
> > That amount of increase represents roughly a 40 percent increase in
> > power, which is wasted.
> > Absolutely *nobody* will do anything about it.
I *am* suggesting that a typical (high) line voltage of 123-125VAC
absolutely is intentional and nobody will ever fix it.
If an area is as high as 140VAC (RMS) then a user can raise hell and
get it lowered (some) by:
1) start with local power "vendor (eg: PG&E, TVA) and politely tell them
of the excess voltage problem, and ask how soon will it be fixed.
2) if that does not work, write them a letter, and refer to your call by
date, time and whom you spoke to.
3) if that does not work, and the power "vendor" is politically
connected to the city or state, write the mayor or governor, adding
documentation of previous attempts to have the problem fixed.
4) if that does not work, contact news stations and newspapers that tend
to be activists; emphasize the wasted power and destroyed equipment
(perhaps in a general sense).