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Power 4 Home Scam – Is Power4Home Just Another Scam?

Is John Russel Of Power4Home The Real Deal?




Recently, there has been a lot of e-books on the web that will show you how to build your own home renewable energy system. The idea sounds very interesting. We can reduce our home power consumption by tapping into free energy from nature via solar power or wind energy. One such green energy guide is John Russel’s Power 4 Home.

Now, many people may be wondering, is Power 4 Home just another scam?

Well, I had that question anyway.

The first renewable energy manual that I bought was Michael Harvey’s Earth 4 Energy. That was back in end of 2008 when crude oil was hitting US150 per barrel. Many people including me was wondering if energy cost going to rise…which it did.

My home electricity bill was adjusted upwards about 10 percent by the power utility company. Now that crude oil is back to a reasonable level, my power bill is still the same. Go figure.

At that time, there was a lot of buzz on Earth 4 Energy and I was interested to find out what was in it. As usual, I have the thought in my mind. Is Earth 4 Energy a scam?

In short, I did buy the e-book. I actually did a Earth 4 Energy review to list down what I learn from the manual.

Is Power 4 Home A Scam?

Many people may have read or heard of John Russel’s Power 4 Home and you may be thinking about buying it. You may have the same question I had.

Is Power 4 Home a scam? Now, what does “scam” mean? Lets look at Wikipedia for some answer.

Here ‘s what I found in our friendly Wiki on the word “scam”:



In the broadest sense, a fraud is an intentional deception made for personal gain or to damage another individual. The specific legal definition varies by legal jurisdiction. Fraud is a crime, and is also a civil law violation. Many hoaxes are fraudulent, although those not made for personal gain are not technically frauds.

I highlighted the phrase intentional deception made for personal gain, because I think it is the key phrase.

Does John Russel has intention to deceive his e-book buyers for personal gain?

Personally, I don’t think that is the case. If it was, all the millions of authors that have written books sold in the bookstores are scammers.

Power 4 Home Scam Report Conclusion

Power4Home, is just another e-book on the web and it is an information product. The idea is to get some valuable information out of it. How we use the information is another question.

Some people may have bought a hard cover or paper back book from the book store. Some books like Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, The DaVinci Code etc are excellent, while other books we couldn’t even finish the first chapter.

Does that mean the author has scammed you? Maybe not…don’t you think so.

If you have an interest to know more on how you can use renewable energy such as a DIY solar panels or a domestic wind turbine, John Russel’s Power 4 Home is a book you can bet on.

By | 2012-10-23T19:53:45+00:00 June 5th, 2009|Power 4 Home|83 Comments

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  1. William November 13, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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  2. Jon December 8, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    My Father-In-Law bought the DVD and handed it to me to unravel. I have a long background in building, designing and repairing a lot of mechanical and electrical components and machines. I have a bachelor’s degree and numerous certifications. My take on the Power4Home system.
    Firstly the advertisement needs to be modified to more of a direct statement like, “For $200 you can be on your way to cheaper power for your home”. In fact the DVD and accompanied materials need to be edited badly. There are broken links from the PDF documents, no direct posting board for support, no list of materials and where to buy them. There probably “were” at one time, but John Russel most likely doesn’t have a production crew and editor on staff, so I will forgive him for this. However, he should be diligent when it comes to correcting errors. Dead links and incomplete or erroneous data are a great way to raise suspicion in your product or cause.
    Secondly Russel needs to make it clear that ANY off-grid power will help you. Even if your solar panel only powers a porch light that is independent of your home’s panel to protect linemen. He should also mention using a simple DC to AC car adapter wired into a solar array is a beautifully simple way of getting AC power to a grid isolated device. This isn’t mentioned and should be.
    Thirdly, Russel needs to state the videos ONLY get you on your way. The process is indeed slow but rewarding. The costs are high for off-grid independence, but his advice makes the process affordable over time.
    John Russel isn’t a scam artist but is skating the ragged edge of perception. I give him props for even trying and I think he is sincere, just flawed in his execution. A good solid bit of editing and some polish on the presentation, this would be worth every cent.

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  4. Cristine Montoto January 13, 2012 at 12:27 am

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  5. Susan April 3, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Just got an email with a link to the Power4home video. It certainly roused my curiosity, but as a single woman in her 60’s, I seriously doubt I have the ability to complete this project. The video was boring and over long- with no visuals.

    I have lots of questions. Would it work if I own a townhome and belong to an HOA– How large is the wind turbine? I have no south facing roof surface. My electric bill is $35 a month. I have natural gas for heat- how would I convert my heating system? I do not have a/c. Ideally it is nice to be off the grid, but realistically, I would rather have an expert consult with me on an individual basis.
    I am sending these questions to power4home site to see how they respond.

  6. john April 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    If green energy was so great why is the potus green energy plan such a failure. I believe John is telling the truth. It simply not cost efficient for a entire home.

  7. Adisharr June 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Just a simple visit to the website should raise scam flags everywhere. Just more marketing bullshit that is completely inaccurate.

  8. Bill K June 23, 2012 at 7:20 am

    Kristy nothing to do with scam or not. Honestly I don’t care but they are at least trying. My point to you is it seems to me you used the wrong project. If you want to heat water why use wind. I think solar is the way to go. Why not let the sun heat your water. My guess and this is only a guess is that you could spend much less than $200 to heat your water and house.
    Best Wishes

  9. Judas Gutenberg June 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Wow, the level of ignorance demonstrated on this board (and by the shill who posted anything in support of this scam) is utterly astounding. The Chinese are going to eat America for dinner if we’re really a nation as stupid as this page suggests. People have no concept of how much power their devices use or how expensive solar cells are! The Power4Home scam is based on a classic indirection — telling people they can “build” something for cheap with no skills when the raw material (small solar panels) is the chief expense of having a genuine professionally-built system — which, for a conventional American house, would cost over $30,000 and might not even work in some areas.

  10. Judas Gutenberg June 24, 2012 at 9:29 am

    I should mention, by the way, that the scam can be downloaded for free using Bittorrent. ask your kids. in summary: information is free but energy is not.

  11. ron williams June 24, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    this system wouldnt save you 1 percent on your bill

  12. ron williams June 24, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    an average 3 bedroom house in winter with lites heat and appliances running would be using way over 10000 watts he said it produced 450 you do the math

  13. STech July 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I started getting annoyed after waiting over 15 minuets go get to what the author said he will tell us in a minuet

  14. Jayee July 9, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    ONE WORD. SCAM! If it sounds too good to be true then it is most likely a scam. I feel sorry for these guys trying to pitch a sob story so inexperienced buyers would get suckered in. Not me, I’d rather waste money paying my ConEd bills than to pay for his retarded ebooks that doesn’t explain anything more than what any average consumer can find on the internet. You want to cut your cost of electricity bills by 100%? Easy.. don’t turn on any electric appliances or go live in a hut. That’s what this John guy should do.

  15. Robin Hutcheson July 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I have ordered but not yet received the Power4HomeSystem. I never was naive enough to assume that $200 would build a system to power an entire house and can’t believe any of you would be that obtuse. When I get the material, I will study it and determine if it is comprehensive enough in detail and doable by a half worn out old man. If not, I will return it for a refund but I will give it an honest chance. At a minimum I require enough power to run my wife’s small bedroom air, a few lights, her idiot box (t.v.) and her oxygen concentrator during an extended power outage. I have a new 10,000 watt generator but fuel storage is impractical and dangerous for long periods and could be unavailable during widespread outages. Of course, I have the trepidation’s about frying the utility worker doing line repair or burning down my house or low voltage burning out appliance motors or God knows what else. Will I get answers to these and other questions? We’ll see, but again, I’m going to give it a look before I judge if it’s for me.

  16. C R July 18, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    I’m guessing you’re using the same math/logic as time share salesmen and didn’t figure that you could have invested that $8300 dollars conservatively and get about a 6-8% return (depending on the investment vehicle and your tax situation), so up to $664/year which would pay for several months’ worth of my electricity alone without ever touching the principal.

    If someone wants to power a light bulb (could use LEDs which use DC power and wouldn’t even have to worry about conversion to AC power) for the end of the world bunker, your system is probably a great idea.

    As far as powering a whole house at a reasonable price, solar isn’t the way to go until the panels get more effective than the current 12-18% utilization or prices drop to a small fraction of what they are today (they’ve been dropping over the year, but not enough to be worth it, even with tax incentives and all that crap for which you still pay through your tax dollars).

  17. C R July 18, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    WOW! with that reasoning, why don’t you give me all your money and I promise to give it back to you after 30 days (which allows me to earn interest on your money instead of you). Are you people really that ignorant about financial matters?

  18. C R July 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    1) For general purposes, solar panels are NOT the way to go. You could conservatively invest what you spend on solar panels and depending on just how much electricity you use, either pay for all or most of your monthly bill with the investment return without touching the principal.
    2) For your outbuilding situation, if you’re just looking at a couple of lights, I agree that solar might be great. Even a small panel will do if you use LEDs for the lighting and since LEDs run on DC rather than AC, you wouldn’t even need a converter
    3) You DO realize that a lot of shows stage all or some of what they are showing? I’m sure you can find a lot of components as scrap though if you’re lucky enough to have certain industries in your area

  19. Steve July 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

    This is an outright scam. The telltale signs are (1) it is one of the sites/presentations that goes on and on without giving you any details, just sensationalism about being energy independent. (2) for $200 you could get an alternative energy setup (solar, wind, etc…) but it would be large enough to possibly power 1 cell phone for a few hours a day. If you want to be able to run air-conditioner and all your appliances, etc… you are looking at many thousands of dollars (I would guess minimum $10k and more likely in the $20k-$30k range). So this is a SCAM as there is no possible way to power your whole house for a $200 investment.

  20. Jeffery Surratt July 23, 2012 at 4:48 am

    It took me a while to read all the comments But, John Russell finally admitted that it took $8300 that is a far cry from $200 to build a whole house system. If the system provided all my power it would take 14 years to recoup my money not counting my time. Not worth it.

  21. Juan July 31, 2012 at 12:04 am

    By any definition, power4home is a scam. Done!!!!!!!!

  22. Charles August 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    First red flag to ID a scam, is look on their website for a means on contact, if there is no real phone number to get ahold of a REAL person, or even a real email to get a real reply, not a autoreply! best thing to do is chase ur mouse right to the top right corner of that browser and give the X a good hefty click!

  23. Nafeesa Mangat August 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    I doubt I could ever keep up with running a site like yours!
    Great piece of work, I seriously would love to see you keep going for a
    long time.

  24. Jan August 28, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Just the information on how to make a solar oven and Emergency Kit is worth $50. You may not be able to power your whole house, but any savings is worth it. Order it, read it and if the information is not worth the cost to you, return it and get your money back. You dont know till you try it.

  25. robert August 29, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Jan I tried to order it, they do not send you what they promise, I had to cancel my order after they did not respond to my “ticket” asking where my product might be?
    If John Provides the information he says he will for the price he says I feel it is not a scam. That being said his pitch is too damn long and intentionally so.
    still waiting for my refund. John I would be happy to help you with a new animation. :)

  26. CE August 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

    I ordered a LOT of material from Power4Home on the 12th of August of this year. I have not received the materials yet, there is no tracking number for me to check on the status of the shipment.
    I have tried every way I know to find out where my shipment is or even if it has been shipped.
    I would like to receive what I purchased or get my money back.
    Just that simple.
    Doubt this will show up in comments.

  27. Rick August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Thanks for all the info on this site. I knew nothing about solar power until I read these comments and they may have saved me $50. That’s why I always research before I buy something like this.

  28. vocal September 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Don’t waste your money on this product if you do not have it to throw away. I had
    one hope from this video and that was to learn something that i had not seen
    from an average solar catalog, maybe even learn where to get some components.
    Neither of these were accomplished. He doesn’t provide any info on where to get
    the individual solar cells or how to interface with a home’s system. In the sales pitch
    he says that it is a DIY project but his disclaimer recommends professional
    assistance. I have yet to find any details on how to hook the ‘scooter motor’ to
    anything, batteries or otherwise. And still don’t see any details about the motor
    itself, such as manufacturer and the p4h store is no help. It would sure help to
    have specifics model info. Back about 5 years ago, when i was trying to
    determine the output potential of a bicycle motor, i ruined the motor without
    even knowing it or why.
    As of a few days ago the link for the advanced energy savings device brings up
    nothing.
    There are no books -printed material- included with the (1) DVD. The support
    people say the pdf’s replace the printed material. The books appeared to be
    quite thick,, but the pdf’s are small, 70+ pages single side. I must acknowledge a
    few cleaver re-tasks of hardware, but the power 4 home system is about
    hook ups to power our electronic boat anchors, such as computers, TV’s and
    other gadgets. That is an implied aspect of his offering and he defrauds people
    by leaving out information on how to interface with home systems.
    I commend people for taking time to write reviews and offer insight.
    I hope i’ve raised the red flag higher with current info.

  29. Bill Betzold September 13, 2012 at 12:53 am

    I bought the “package” and expected a lot more that one dvd for $7.99 postage and handeling. A postage stamp is all it took to send this out. I also expected books and papers, which I was later told were inluded on the dvd. What I got from the video advertisement (found on “Partstrain.com”) was that he built the entire powerplant to completely eliminate his electric bill for $200.00
    This is a complete lie and a fraud. I tried for three weeks to get a personal response to their customer service link, with only an automated response saying that everything was on the dvd and our business is done, case closed.
    Scam? yes

  30. John K. - Perth September 23, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I’ve carefully read most claims about the $200 system & are STILL left with mixed feelings. Whether the whole thing is a ‘scam’ is up to each one personally to decide, though, just read my situation:
    I have spent $18,000 AUD (after rebates) in a very ‘sofisticated’ solar power generating system – which is ‘legally’ connected to the grid (inc top quality panels & a excellent smart grid-connected inverter), pumping out a max of 5kw on good days > generating average 20-27kwh per day (solar panels (x20 pieces) on roof account total at 5800w.
    The system has been under a year in operation, has WIPED out my ~$350+ bi-monthly bill & I’ve already enjoyed a healthy credit from my power supplier of ~$2800 – which I’ve already cashed in. So, calculating these figures, this system will pay itself off in ~4 years, right ?
    And then pay me ~$4500 per year thereafter ?
    Yes, you’re absolutely correct ! …and I HAVE bills to prove it !!
    Then, you’re probably thinking: why bother running around trying to piece together your own system?
    The reason I looked into this, is I’d like to find ways to continue generating power when the sun’s not up there (at night), to supplement & increase my returns. In our state we’re governed by grid power feedback limits of 5kw per residential application. So, nothing stopping me to generate power at night. You reckon a mashing machine motor as a generator will do the trick ??? For <$200 bucks, I'd love to.

    I'm much into electronics (done extensive couces) & love technology. If you don't know much about solar & like to be educated, maybe this system (P4H) is for you. Printed books on the subject fetch anywhere from $25 upwards, so, do your maths. I just simply felt, 'P4H' is too promising – without stipulating the exact outcome/system size for the money spent. Hope this info helps. Good luck.

  31. vocal October 30, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    At long last and after at least four reminders that a return
    had been made and a refund was due, finally after almost two month
    a refund has been issued. This does not place any credibility
    on the product and highlights an undesirable necessity, since the
    product does not live up to claims, you’ll have to wait for the
    refund a lot longer than is appropriate.
    The one thing that ticked me off about this was the claim of
    provided all the information needed to put together a system and that
    was backed with the claim that consulting with a contractor will not be
    necessary.
    I didn’t find details on where to purchase the cells he used and nothing is shown about wiring in or obtaining the grid interface or storage batteries. On the single DVD sent, among all the disclaimers, safety warnings, promos, testimonials and background paragraphs that take
    up 1/6 of a pdf , he says to consult with a contractor and follows
    that with ‘solar module installation should only be done by licensed
    professionals.’. Good advice considering that “all you need to know for
    this DIY project” is ‘NOT’ included in the material sent.

  32. Jack November 20, 2012 at 6:34 am

    I think it is worth the $200. just for the knowledge and the fun of building something that will harness the sun power. Knowledge is worth more then money. No telling you might learn something about starting a business in renewable energy !

  33. Old Smoky December 20, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    I have written about this bozo before on the ripoff report web site. Power4Home is a scam. The engineering is horrible. Do not hook it up to the grid. It is very dangerous. John Russell either can’t do math or hopes noone else can. But he is a master of marketing. He knows how to take money from stupid people who want so hard to believe.

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