Are These 7 Energy-Saving Myths Costing You Money?
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.
Debunked Myths & the Real Facts About Energy
Will New Windows Save Energy?
If you’ve noticed your home is somewhat drafty, doesn’t hold heat or air well, or your energy bill skyrockets in the colder or warmer months, you may be asking “will new windows save me money?” Window replacement is a great investment that not only saves energy but can also increase the value of your home.
But, don’t be quick to make the call! In some cases, the investment may not be worth it. Replacing the windows in your home means replacing all the windows in your home, a costly update that isn’t really worth it unless they are Energy Star certified. Less-expensive recommendations to try first are having the air ducts serviced to make sure there are no leaks, and having specific possibly-faulty windows inspected for major problems.
Do Ceiling Fans Cool Down Rooms?
Ceiling fans don’t cool rooms, they cool people. Turning your fan on high is a great way to cool people off in a crowded or stuffy room because it circulates air that is already in the room. This gives a cooling sensation without actually decreasing the temperature of the room.
If fans are on in empty rooms, you actually waste electricity by running the fan. Instead, turn fans on and off as you enter and leave each room.
Does Closing Vents Help to Cool or Heat 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.
Which is Cheaper – Running the Dishwasher vs Handwashing?
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.
Looking for more ways to save energy in the kitchen? Our Thanksgiving post is full of tips that will come in handy all year round!
Do Fireplaces Help Save on Heating Bills?
Well, this one is kind of disheartening. It’s common to think that lighting up your fireplace is a great way to warm your room in the winter, but 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 a 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!
Plus when the fire goes out, the room usually feels much cooler than when the fire started, so people tend to boost the heat a few degrees. It’s okay to enjoy your fireplace this winter but make sure you’re making a few concessions elsewhere.
Do Rooms Heat Up Faster if the Thermostat is Set Higher?
Again, it’s just not true. The truth is, 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 because the system only knows it needs to stop and maintain the temperature once it reaches 82°. And we know wasting energy means wasting money.
Are Light Emitting Diode (LED) Bulbs Cheaper than Regular Bulbs?
In the long run, yes! This one might be hard to believe if you’re standing at the store looking at what seems like two very different price points. However, the LED vs fluorescent price 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 money on LED bulbs are worth it—they are!
Have you discovered any other energy-saving myths? Tell us about it!