When it comes to saving energy and electricity, there are tons of tips available online. But like every topic online, there are realities and there are absolute myths. This article will clear up some of the confusion by pinpointing many of the most common falsehoods that are still costing you money each and every month.
Turning a Light On and Off Uses More Energy Than Leaving it On
You may be aware that a light bulb uses a high level of current when being powered on. For older light bulbs, this high current burst tends to blow them out after a few months of use. However, this high level of current only lasts for a split second.
When the light is kept on, a lower level of power/current is used but for longer periods of time. Doing the math, leaving a light on for long periods of time uses more energy than turning it on and off as needed.
A Lower Thermostat Setting Blows Colder Air to Cool Your Home Faster
Whether you set your thermostat to 78 or 68, your air conditioning unit will work equally as hard, and will blow air at the same temperature, to achieve the required setting. Basically what happens when you lower the thermostat is the air conditioning works longer to cool down your home. And by working longer, the unit will use more energy.
Simply speaking, if you set your thermostat to 80, the a/c unit will kick on and off more often during the day compared to setting it at 68.
The same thing can be said in reverse. When you’re using your heater, turning it up will force the unit to work longer to achieve the required temperature.
Fans Can Keep a Room Cool
Fans do not lower the temperature of a room. The purpose of fans is to move air around the room. Therefore, if you have your air conditioner running, a fan (including a ceiling fan) will circulate that cool air around the room.
You Should Hand-Wash Your Dishes Rather Than Using the Dishwasher
By hand-washing dishes in your sink, this requires a lot of hot water. The more hot water you use, the more energy you consume. Truth be told, most modern dishwashers have energy-efficient settings that allow you wash a load using less water and energy.
Closing Vents in Empty Rooms Save Energy
It’s not as if your air conditioning unit monitors which vents are open and closed in your home. When you close vents, the air from the a/c unit is simply redirected to other units that are open. Now here’s the interesting part. By sending extra airflow to the remaining open vents, the overall air pressure in your ductwork systems increases which forces the system to work even harder.
So do yourself a favor and open those closed vents in your home.
Appliances/Electronics Don’t Consume Energy or Electricity When Turned Off
Many appliances and electronic devices don’t completely turn off due to standby power settings. For example, when you turn off your TV, the green power light may switch to red. But the fact that the LED is still lit indicates that the TV is still drawing some power.
This use of electricity is referred to as “energy vampires”. Appliances and electronics that go into standby mode can only be turned completely off by unplugging them or turning off the switch on the power strip.
While there are more energy saving myths being reported online, these 5 are the most common. Take action and retrain your brain to think differently. The more you know, and the more you fully understand, the more money you can save.