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TikTok energy-saving hacks that don’t work and won’t save you money

Renewable energy has more than 40.7 million hits on social networking site TikTok and most ideas are interesting and appear to be potentially money-saving.

However, that is why an expert decided to look into them.

Along with comparethemarket.com, a Professor of Energy Engineering and Sustainability debunked some of the hacks that won’t work and definitely won’t save you money.

The hacks range from solar windows to magnetic fields and appear to promise eco-friendly ways to generate electricity in homes.

The expert, John Nimmo from Sheffield University, did however spot one that used a fidget spinner and had some merit but had to question whether the benefits outweighed the time and effort.



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TikTok Energy Hacks

A list of hacks that have gone viral on TikTok and the verdict of whether they will generate free energy.

Solar Window

The first hack claims to make renewable energy from a solar window and had 1.1 million views on the app.

The verdict though: it wouldn’t generate power.

An inventor called Carvey Maigue created a solar window that generates renewable energy.

The window is made out of particles from fruits and vegetables which are suspended in a resin substrate.

Nimmo believes it wouldn’t generate power, although he does believe it could give off a weak fluorescent glow if the correct materials were used, acting as no more than a decorative film.



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Magnetic Fields

The hack has had well over 400,000 views and claims to create electricity using magnetic fields.

The verdict: You’ll need a bigger magnet, to say the least.

A ‘magic’ bulb is lit by using a combination of magnets and nails.

Magnetic generators can create magnetic forces as well as supplying electricity the same way electrical generators create electricity through hydrostatic forces, wind, and other forms of energy.

This hack seems to generate enough electricity to power a light bulb, but Nimmo believes that this isn’t likely unless other circuit elements like a coil are also connected.

A magnet alone will not be able to work.

Solar Charger

The hack involves a solar panel charger that workers on a mobile phone and gained over 44,000 views.

The verdict: Possible in theory but not an easy to recreate DIY project.

Even though the hack doesn’t specify how many amps the solar charger can provide, Nimmo suggests that it’s possible (in theory) but the time it would take to charge a device will depend on the output.

Also, the cost of the project and the materials used are not mentioned in the video, and that should be considered to determine how sustainable this really is.

Fidget Spinner

A video of a fidget spinner being used to charge an iPhone gathered 7,509 views on the app.

The verdict: Worth the try!

The fidget spinner and charging plate are used to charge your phone.

Nimmo suggests that it’s not certain how an induction charger could operate with a metal spinner. However, it might be plausible depending on whether metal and coils respond.

As most of these items can be located easily, it could be worth trying this at home, safely.

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