Report: #951107

Complaint Review: Innovative Energy Solutions

  • Submitted: Fri, October 05, 2012
  • Updated: Fri, January 29, 2016
  • Reported By: GreenGuy — Wisconsin United States of America
  • Innovative Energy Solutions
    6957 Washington Ave South
    Edina, Minnesota
    United States of America

Show customers why they should trust your business over your competitors...

Innovative Energy Solutions is hosting dinners with a sales pitch loaded with lies and misrepresentations. Unfortunately some people looked like they were buying into the scam. Senior citizens seemed the most vulnerable to be taken in by the con.

What a joke! The salesman did a demonstration using two heat lamps over foam insulation. He stuck two thermometers into the insulation. He covered one with this aluminum insulation he was hawking and left the other one uncovered. Several minutes later he showed the thermometer not covered by the aluminum sheet was hotter than the one covered. Of course it was. The uncovered thermometer had no insulation protecting it from the heat lamps. If he had placed the thermometers under the foam insulation, maybe then he would have had something resembling a valid demonstration.

Innovative Energy Solutions claims its IES Optimizer will make your appliances more energy efficient. It is nothing more than a surge suppressor which does nothing to save energy.

This is a direct quote on the Innovative Energy Solutions website from the IES Optimizer page under Energy Savings. IES Optimizer provides energy savings by reducing the amount of power drawn from your utility with the use of specially designed harmonic resistant capacitors. IES Optimizer systems optimize your homes power factor thus reducing the amount of energy your homes motor loads use such as air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dishwashers, pool pumps, vacuum cleaners, furnace blower motors, fans etc. Motor loads (inductive loads) inherently require more energy to do their work compared to other electrical equipment in your home. The IES Optimizers Power Factor Optimization significantly increases the efficiency of your motor load and stores waste energy resulting in decreased demand and usage of electricity from your utility company.  Actual results vary depending on the inductive loads.

What a steaming pile of bunk!

The IES Optimizer is installed at the circuit breaker nowhere near any appliance so these claims are complete gobbledygook. If this thing actually reduces the power coming into the home, then you are operating with lower power which your appliances are not designed for. The claim that it stores waste energy is pure science fiction.

Stay far away from Rylee Meek and Innovative Energy Solutions.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Where are your facts?

AUTHOR: david - ()

I'd like to see any receipts for work done?!  I doubt you are even a customer.  IF you were,  your report would say something worthwhile and positive.  My guess is you've never engaged IES in a business transaction.   IES is a professional and respected national energy conservation business,  and your complaint is devoid of any facts or evidence.  Instead it is full of emotion, wild conjecture, and falsehoods.  Lots of great adjectives though,  unfortunately there are no facts. Use your time to slander other people, or better yet,  to do something constructive.  I work for this company and know that our products are of the highest quality and that we back them 100%.  We offer one of the most comprehensive warranties in teh business.  Probably you are a competitor with lessor capacity or integrity, or you aare taking out your personal anger on Rylee Meek.  If you were an actual customer,  you'd ahve good things to say.  Our customer support is exceptional as the BBB can attest to.  The manufacturers of our product are top notch and also back their products with 20+ year warranties.   Try getting that from commercial products at Home Depot or Lowes.  Your slanderous report on the performance and business practices of IES affects me personally as a national sales rep and affects the well being of my family.  WHatever personal issues you have with Mr. Meek,  you should keep personal, and stay out of ruining the reputation and income of hard working honest people who sell and install energy saving products to help homeowners reduce energy consumption.  

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#2 Consumer Comment

Rylee Meek has a history of criminal scams -IES is just the newest thing

AUTHOR: Sarah - (United States of America)

Rylee Meek has a long history or preying on the uneducated with a series of criminal scams over the years, Innovative Energy Solutions is simply his newest swindle.

In 2008-2009 Rylee Meek was an "analyst" for Corporate Acquisitions Group under the training of Tyrone Tymkovich and they represented themselves to be a business broker company specializing in the sale of small businesses.  Defendants(they were eventually destroyed by a series of lawsuits, one brought by the Attorney General of Colorado) would solicit business owners contemplating the sale of their business, making exaggerated and false claims and false representations as to the benefits of their services(sound familiar?).  The Defendants convinced over 700 businesses to contract the sale of their businesses.  However, Defendants sold fewer that ten businesses from July 2006 September 2009.  Corporate Acquisitions Group of course never offered a single refund and were eventually forced to pay over $2 million dollars in restitution and fines to the state of Colorado.

Rylee then went on to a pyramid scheme selling the chance to sell Lifevantage/Protandim, an herbal dietary placebo that really doesn't do anything and is not regulated by the FDA.  It's really difficult to find a Protandim distributor online who ISN'T breaking the law.  The FTC endorsement guidelines are quite clear on the matter:  "You can't make claims about a product that would require proof you don't have.  For example, you can't say a product will cure a particular disease if there isn't scientific evidence to prove that's true." 

This is particularly important for Protandim, because at the bottom of LifeVantage's FAQ is the clear admission: "We do not promote or intend to imply or represent that Protandim can prevent, cure, treat or mitigate any disease or class of disease."  Pill pimping...

Newest scam from Rylee Meek, Innovative Energy Solutions...the "IES Optimizer" is a total fraud, read the manual, it's a Eastern Eco. Power A1-150sp... it is in fact a fraud relative to any claim of reducing energy consumption.  It may be a useful transient limiter, but no performance data is provided.   A price of $1400 for the box is outrageous, and also, it looks visually small to have much of a capacitor, if any.  Residential customers are never charged for power factor losses, this claim to save you money that has been purported by many of these energy saving eco. company claims are nothing but pure fraud meant to be sold to those that do not understand basic electronics.
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#3 Author of original report

Trainer of IES Con Men has no interest in this company or it's product LOL

AUTHOR: GreenGuy - (United States of America)

Quite a contradiction there Justified. You claim to have no interest in this company or it's product yet you personally trained the guy who OWNS the company.

You can lie all you want. But that does not change the facts.

The Department of Energy reports that the benefits of radiant barriers decrease significantly in northern climates. Innovative Energy Solutions sells its radiant barrier in northern states.

The Innovative Energy Solutions sales pitch is loaded with lies. The IES salesman claimed that if you break a compact fluorescent bulb, that twelve states require you to hire a hazardous waste cleanup team costing up to $5,000. That
is an outright lie. Your lie appeals to seniors who hold conservative political views. You do that because they are most likely to have money and are easy to manipulate.

You, IES owners Rylee Meek and Seth Berge should know that a career as a con artist does not end well. Rather fittingly since you target seniors in your scam, this issue of AARP Magazine featured a story Confessions of a Con Artist: A veteran scammer reveals how he made millions ripping off unsuspecting investors.

Here are some quotes you should ponder before launching your next scam.

Im often asked how I could have ripped off senior citizens. The answer is that con men target people who have money, and a lot of seniors are sitting on fat nest eggs. It's the Willie Sutton rule: He robbed banks because that is where the
money was.

But there's more to it than that. I think older people are easier to scam, because their emotional needs are closer to the surface. They aren't afraid to tell people how much they care about their kids and grandkids. They aren't afraid to share
their fears about the unstable financial markets and how much they worry about being on a fixed income. These fears are real. And every one of them is a bullet for my gun.

All of those years I ripped people off, I knew it was wrong. But I was making  so much money, I didn't care. It wasn't until those agents busted into my office in Miami that it finally hit me: What I was doing was really bad. I pleaded guilty
to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and went to prison for more than three years. I had a lot of time to think about my crimes. When I got out, I promised my mother I would never go back to my old ways. It wasn't easy. The first year I was out of prison I was asked almost daily to work as a closer for the latest scam. Finally, I changed my phone number so I wouldn't be tempted.

Today I am 44 years old, and I live in my parents' house. I owe the federal government almost a million dollars in restitution that I don't have a prayer of paying back. Thanks to years of smoking and drug abuse, I have acute emphysema and I carry around an oxygen tank. I'm on the waiting list for a double lung transplant, but the clock is running out. Can you spell karma?

Now Justified, picture yourself in an orange prison jumpsuit.
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#4 General Comment

What? A Rip Off? REALLY?

AUTHOR: Justified - (United States of America)

Listen my friend, I have no interest in this company or it's product.  I will however tell you this.  Your statements are weak as water, no....weaker.  I personally trained the guy who OWNS the company you say is a "Rip OFF" and I can assure you (not that it will do much good, but I shall state my facts to you anyway) that both the company, and its R-Shield are both proven successes.

The radiant-barrier has been recognized by some significant independant groups, such as D.O.E. (Dept. of Energy), numerous studies done by third party labs world-wide, and unless the world in which you reside is different than the one the rest of us live in....radiant barrier is not only a viable means of reducing costly energy loss, but also should be required in every new home construction project in the USA (United States of America).  I can guess you probably have an axe to grind with someone at this company.  May I suggest you go out and buy a descent grinder, plug it in (mount on a bench first!) and then go do something constructive.  And God bless you...friend
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#5 Author of original report

Innovative Energy Solutions sell its R-Shield insulation in cold weather states where it is not an effective means to reduce heating or cooling

AUTHOR: GreenGuy - (United States of America)

Rylee Meek and Innovative Energy Solutions sell its R-Shield insulation in cold weather states that the Minnesota Department of Commerce warns is not an effective means to reduce heating or cooling loads in Minnesota homes.

Innovative Energy Solutions sells R-Shield which IES website claims is patterned after the  high-performance radiant barrier space-age technology created and used by N.A.S.A. to keep the astronauts safe and comfortable in the extreme weather conditions in space. R-SHIELD will not only increase the comfort level in your home, but also save you money!

The Minnesota Department of Commerce issue a consumer alert warning that radiant barriers are not an effective means to reduce heating or cooling loads in Minnesota homes.


Many Minnesota consumers have been duped into installing radiant barriers based on false promises of substantial energy savings, said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. We strongly urge all consumers to be cautious, ask questions, and explore other reputable means to make their homes and businesses more energy efficient.

Radiant barriers consist of a reflective film, usually aluminum, installed over the top of attic insulation in existing homes. They are sold as an energy-saving product, with claims of significant reductions in both heating and cooling costs. However, their potential benefit is primarily in reducing air-conditioning cooling loads in warm or hot climates particularly in southern states.

A report compiled by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, shows that the benefits of radiant barriers decrease significantly in northern climates.

The price to install a radiant barrier can be as much as $2,000 or more, Commissioner Rothman said. But if the average household saves only $20 per year, it would take 100 years to pay back your investment.

Its also important to note that radiant barrier products have negligible benefit in reducing heating costs. It is unlikely that most Minnesota consumers would realize any measurable energy savings from radiant barriers in attics.
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