Today, everybody is finding ways to use energy more efficiently around the house and offices to cut down on utility bills. We adopt certain habits like switching off the lights and other electric appliances when leaving the room, closing the refrigerator door after taking out food, etc. There are many initiatives to help minimize energy usage, including regulations from the EPA to save billions on energy bills. Further, with the continuous technological advancements, people find it easy to understand what is needed to improve and monitor energy use.
Playing your part to reduce energy consumption is good. But, having proper knowledge and understanding of the energy saving measures is a must. When it comes to heating, cooling and using home appliances, there are several myths. In fact, some of the popular misconceptions that you may think are saving you energy and money, are actually doing the opposite.
Let's dispel a few energy saving myths so that you do not get trapped in them.
Myth 1: The more the temperature of your heater’s thermostat, the faster your room will heat up.
Truth: Higher the temperature of your thermostat, the more will be your energy consumption and costs. Furnaces deliver heat at the same rate, irrespective of how high their temperature is."People think it's like pressing your foot down on the accelerator in a car, and the further you press your foot down, the faster you get to the speed you want," Mr. Shreeve, energy expert at the Energy Saving Trust, explains. Therefore, by increasing the temperature, you're simply wasting an extra 10 degrees worth of energy and money.
Myth 2: Less energy is consumed if you leave your lights on rather than turning it off and on several times.
Truth: Leaving a lamp on consumes more energy than turning it on and off, as needed. If the bulb is on, it is using electricity, and if it’s off, it isn’t.It doesn’t take any more electricity for a light bulb to turn itself back on. If you really want to save energy and money, make it a habit to turn off your lights, when not needed. Also, you can use more of day lights during day to further save your energy bill.
Myth 3: Getting solar panels will mean no need to pay for electricity again.
Truth: Solar panels (PV panels) generate electricity to be used in your home. But they only produce electricity during daylight hours. As most PV systems are connected to the grid, there are no batteries to store the electricity for later. As such, you cannot use your ‘free’ electricity when you are out of the house or when it is dark. Solar panels might save you £75-150 annually, but you will definitely need to use electricity from the grid for the rest of the time.
Myth 4: Electronics do not consume energy when they are switched off.
Truth: It is a good habit to switch off your electronic appliances like TV, video games, etc. when not in use. But, to believe that this will save energy over leaving them on is really not true. These devices continue to suck power from your outlets when they are off in the form of ‘standby power’, which allows the device to power up again quickly. According to Energy Star, this power waste cost a family about £90 a year. Always unplug the appliances when not in use to avoid this hidden energy consumption or use the energyEGG.
Myth 5: Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs cost more than regular light bulbs.
Truth: LEDs are the best way to reduce your energy bills. You would need to buy eight regular bulbs, for example, compact fluorescent (CFL), to last as long as one LED and LEDs use only a quarter of the energy. You can save about £30 over the life of just one LED. Since a typical home has about 30 light fixtures, you can imagine the potential savings! More on LEDs..
So, if you really want to save your energy bills, act smartly! Do not just believe such old-wives tales! Research well before adopting any energy-saving practice and then implement them.
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