7 Energy-Saving Myths
It seems nowadays that everyone is talking about saving energy, which of course, translates to saving money. It’s unfortunate, however, that everything we read and hear just isn’t true! So, to save you some time, energy AND money, let us debunk some common energy-saving myths.
New Windows Will Save Energy
If you’ve noticed your home is somewhat drafty and/or doesn’t hold heat or air well, you might be considering replacing your windows. In some cases, this is a great investment that not only saves energy but can also increase the value of your home. However, don’t be quick to make the call. In some cases, the investment isn’t really worth it. Replacing the windows on your home means replacing all the windows on your home, a costly feat that isn’t really worth it unless they are Energy Star certified. Another less-expensive option might be to have the air ducts serviced to make sure there are no leaks and any specific windows inspected for major problems.
Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms
Ceiling fans don’t cool rooms, they cool people. Turning your fan on high is a great way to cool people off in crowded room because it circulates air that is already in the room, giving a cooling sensation without actually cooling the room. If fans are on in empty rooms, you actually waste electricity via the energy spent running the fan. Instead, turn fans on and off as you enter and leave each room.
Closing Vents Cools Other Rooms More Quickly
Another common misconception when it comes saving energy deals with closing vents. It’s common to close vents in unused rooms assuming it will redirect air to used rooms. However, HVAC systems work as balanced, complete systems and disrupting that flow can do more harm than good. Instead of shutting vents completely, just turn down thermostats in the winter or up in the summer.
Dishwashers Waste Money
This one is sure to make everyone happy! Dishwashers are actually cheaper than washing dishes by hand! Unless you are very careful with turning on and off your faucet and not using too much hot water, you’re probably wasting water when you choose to wash dishes by hand. Most people just turn it on and let the water run while you’re scrubbing each each dish instead of just using one tub of water to clean and one to rinse. Additionally, most new dishwashers have high energy-efficiency settings that will save both water and energy.
Fireplaces Warm Rooms
Well, this one is kind of disheartening, especially since we’re just nearing fireplace weather. It’s common to think that lighting up your fireplace is a great way to warm your room in the winter. Unfortunately, that’s not usually the case. In order to vent the toxic gas, each fireplace has a damper that must be open. While it’s health necessity to open the vent, it doesn’t do much for being energy efficient. Opening a damper actually lets in about as much outside air as an open window. Additionally, when the fire goes out, the room usually feels much cooler than when the fire started so it’s common to boost the heat a few degrees. So, go ahead and enjoy your fireplace this winter but make sure you’re making a few concessions elsewhere.
Higher the Temperature, the Faster the Room Heats
Again, it’s just not true. The truth it, the higher the temperature of your thermostat, the more your energy consumption will cost. Systems are available to deliver heat at the exact same rate, regardless of where your end goal is. So, if you set your end goal to “82” hoping to reach “76” faster, you’re actually just wasting energy. And like we know, wasting energy means wasting money.
Light Emitting Diode (LED) Bulbs Cost More than Regular Bulbs
This one might be hard to believe if you’re standing at the store staring at what looks like two very different price points. However, the price you see on the tag is quite deceiving. The truth is that LEDs are one of the best ways to reduce energy bills. An LED bulb has an incredible lifespan–up to 50,000 hours! To put it in perspective, if a bulb is used 12 hours a day, it’ll last about 11 years. That’s pretty impressive! Additionally, it uses way less energy than a regular bulb. So, if you’re questioning if spending the extra cash on LED bulbs are worth it—they are!
Have you discovered any other energy-saving myths? Tell us about it!