Energy Saving Myths, Busted

Posted On: July 25, 2018

When it comes to saving energy, common sense can lead you to savings, right? Wrong. Myths abound in the energy-saving information sector, and just doing what you think is efficient isn’t always the best approach. Check out some myths you’ll need to steer clear of if you’re looking for a lower energy bill.

“Leaving the lights on uses less energy than turning them on and off.” – At some point you must’ve heard (or figured out) that turning on a light uses a small surge of energy. You’re not wrong there, but if you think that surge uses more energy than just leaving the light-bulb on, then you’re mistaken. Additionally, turning your lights on and off will not reduce their lifespan.

“Lowering the thermostat will cool my home quicker.” – The lower the number, the quicker the temperature change, right? Wrong. AC units (and furnaces) always, always operate at the same speed. Requiring a greater temperature change will only require it to work for a longer period of time to achieve the desired setting.

“Closing vents will cut down on energy costs.” – This one is counterintuitive, so you’d certainly be forgiven for buying into it: closing the vent to a room does not actually benefit the rooms where you left the vents open. In fact, not only does it not redirect air from the unused rooms to the used rooms, but you run the risk of causing pressure to build up which leads to duct leaks and wasted energy.

“Halogen bulbs are the best.” – Halogen bulbs are not the best. They consume more energy than CFLs and LED bulbs, and they have a shorter lifespan than CFLs and LED bulbs. Halogens may be better than standard incandescent bulbs, but you’re better off getting CFLs and LED bulbs.

“LED bulbs cost more than regular bulbs.” – Looking at the price when they’re on the shelf next to each other is deceptive. That price tag doesn’t consider that a LED bulb has a lifespan of up to 50,000 hours. Or, said another way, that LED bulb could be on for 12 hours a day, for 11 years straight, and use less energy the entire time. That’s one investment that’ll certainly pay off.

“Hand-washing dishes saves more than a dishwasher.” – In this day of age, just about every dishwasher is designed with energy-efficiency in mind. Unless you’re extra mindful about turning the faucet on and off between scrubbing and rinsing dishes, you’re wasting both water and energy.

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