PVdiagramAny Internet marketer who starts a pitch with “Fellow Patriots” is going to be nothing but trouble.  Why?   Because this scammer is attempting to use fear and loyalty to separate you from your money.  In the case of Earth4Energy, this Clickbank marketer offers information about how to build your own solar panel, and then throws in a few more “e-books” that provide information about do-it-yourself wind turbines, solar hot water, water purification and survival plants all for the “discounted” price of $47.   Here’s the dirty secret:  this is largely useless information that could be easily found on the Internet for free.   And there’s one more dirty secret:  this marketer is paying other marketers $35 of that $47 to steer you to their website.   The only way they can afford that is to make their money on upsells.   And, like many scammers, they are using Clickbank to sell their ebook so don’t assume you’ll get a refund.  “Rock solid guarantee”…..don’t bet on it.   The scammers bet on the fact that most consumers won’t seek refunds until after the 60-day period expires.   In fact, they count on it.

The cost of electricity can be unfuriating — we get it.  It is an essential, but increasingly expensive, commodity in our modern world.  Electric utilities and their regulators have not served the public well so we are all tempted to find ways to reduce our electric bills while still being able to use this valuable commodity to power our homes and lives. We’ve even authored a guide about how to reduce your electric bill. It is this frustrating scenario that unscrupulous marketers, like the alleged Michael Harvey and his government conspiracy theories.  Oh, give us a break!

Earth4Energy is similar to a number of other scams, such as Power4Patriots, Green DIY Energy,  Green Powered Home, another called Power4Home.  The former is an Internet offering that has been around the Internet since 2009.  It is effective enough that it fools people into believing they can actually build their own power generation from cheap used parts.   But beware: if you look for a review of the product, you are deluged with lots of fake review or “scam” sites that simply direct you to the main sales site or offer some officious pablum talking about how the product is highly rated or recommended.   The marketers for this service pay 75% commission for any referrals they generate.   So these “affiliate marketers” create create fake review sites which effectively thwart any customer who is looking for real reviews.   It is also a tactic to obscure any customers who have posted complaints or alerts about fraudulent claims.  This affiliate marketing trick makes it very difficult for consumers to detect this and other such scams,  As one persevering blogger has noted, scam artists rely upon these fraudulent reviewers to be using tags like:  “does it work?”, “is it a scam?” or “verified review” to suck unsuspecting consumers into this fraud.

Plus, the authors are largely unknown.  If the website fails to feature the credentials of the author and/or if a Google search turns up nothing about this person, you can bet this is a marketer driven product.  Most of these sites feature unknown “experts” who are largely fictional creations by the scammers.   For example, the Michael Harvey who is an electrician alleged to have concocted the Earth4Energy DIY cannot be found on the Internet.   What you will find is many people in the PV business warning you that Harvey is actually the figment of some fraudulent marketer’s imagination.

Plans that offer instructions on how to build a solar panel, a wind generator, or power factor correction units are largely a scam because they are more costly than buying pre-assembled energy systems and, unless you know what you are doing,  they are far more likely to result in an electrocution or a fire.  When you are dealing with electrical components, you need to be careful.   Besides, you can purchase the parts, but the silicon solar cells are most of the cost of the panel. You can wire up your own cells and mount them in a frame, but there is no way you are going to get anything for $150 that will be of much use. You would be lucky to put together a 10W system that could power a compact florescent bulb for about 6 hours a day.   It is akin to building a car out of parts that you buy at a junkyard — it can be done but why would you go to the expense and time?

If you want the kind of information that Earth4Energy is pitching, you can find FREE do-it-yourself information at these sites:

Our recommendation: you don’t have to spend $47 to get information about how to lose weight. And beware ANY Net-based sales pitch that has uncredentialed, slick video presentations with no independent reviews. It may not be a scam, but it is probably a rip-off because it is overpriced for what it is offering.   In this case, there’s lots of good diet information in the marketplace offered at a fraction of the cost of most weight loss schemes.  Save your hard-earned money.

One additional warning:  once you give them your money, you’ll be tagged as “meat”.  Once they know that you’ll fall for this pitch, the same marketers will be coming back to you over and over and over for other such pitches.  So understand that if you pay these marketers anything….let alone $49…..they’ll continue to hound you with more slick schemes designed to prey on your fears and concerns.  Our advice: don’t open your door or wallet to them.  If you are looking for ways to reduce your energy costs, we recommend reading our brief energy savings guide or checking out Smarter House for ideas about how to cut your electric bills a smart way.