Climate change has inspired multiple countries to join together to reduce carbon emissions, decrease energy use, and become more sustainable. Many countries have encouraged Energy-Efficiency strategies by offering special tax and financial incentives for homeowners and the elderly. There is plenty of advice about saving energy out there, but not all of it is true. The following will try to clear up popular misconceptions and debunk these popular Energy-Efficiency myths…
Myth 1: Buying energy-efficient HVAC equipment is all you need to experience the most significant energy saving.
Fact: Yes high-efficiency products do help but in addition to installing the equipment you need to make sure you have the correct size unit for the lowest energy bills. You need to have annual maintenance to keep the equipment performing at its peak. And you should seal the duct-work so no air leaks around your home so hot and cool air do not escape.
Myth 2: Pressing the power button on a device turns it off completely
Fact: All electronic devices such as computers, game consoles, laptops, and cell phone chargers continue to consume power while plugged in, even if turned off. Unplug the devices when not in use to save energy.
Myth 3: Leaving lights on uses less energy than turning them on and off
Fact: Fluorescent lights do take a small surge of power when turned on, but this is significantly smaller than the amount saved by turning them off.
Myth 4:Using a electric heater in rooms lowers heating bills
Fact: Remember, on average, electricity in the U.S. is about twice as expensive as natural gas for the same amount of heating. If you have electric central heating you could try to save money by using electric heaters in individual rooms. But if you have gas-fired heating you would probably not save on your heating bill by using an electric heater.
Myth 5: Halogen lighting is as efficient as it gets
Fact: A 100Watt halogen will consume exactly the same amount of power as a 100Watt incandescent bulb. They consume the same amount of electricity. Halogen bulbs can be said to be 25 or so percent more efficient in output light per watt input than incandescents. Fluorescent lights are a better choice. LEDs are long-lasting high-efficiency lighting options.
Myth 6: Keeping the temperature steady saves energy compared to setbacks and recovery periods.
Fact: Setting back your thermostat when you’re away or at night definitely can save energy. Physics and studies of energy savings from thermostat setbacks have proven that. Install a programmable thermostat and program temperature setting based on your family’s schedule.
Myth 7: Cranking the thermostat way up heats up or cools off the house faster
Fact: Bad idea. This doesn’t make your furnace or air conditioner work faster. Unless you have a two-stage AC your system has two settings, on and off. Your air conditioner and furnace only works at one speed. Lowering the temperature setting past what you need just makes the unit run longer to reach the 72° setting (costing you money).
Myth 8: Running a ceiling fan cools off the room
Fact: Unlike air-conditioning, a ceiling fan doesn’t actually make the air in a room or space cooler. Instead, the fan cools the occupants in it. The breeze from a properly sized and placed ceiling fan cools occupants by disrupting the stagnant layer of air that surrounds the body, preventing heat loss.
Myth 9: Closing curtains will conserve heat in summer and will keep your house cool in the summer
Fact: Closed curtains will make your home stuffy and too hot or too cold. Open the curtains and let the sunshine in instead.
Myth 10: Closing the vents in individual rooms will save energy
Fact: It can actually destroy your central heating system by reversing the air back and wearing the fan out on your unit.
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