Myth: Turning off appliances or electronics will stop it from using electricity.
Busted: Many appliances and electronics continue to use electricity when turned off. It’s best to turn off and unplug the item after each use.
Myth: There’s no point in insulating an old home – it’s not cost-effective.
Busted: Insulating your home will reduce the use of heaters and air conditioners, resulting in lower energy bills.
Myth: All new homes are energy efficient.
Busted: Depending on how it was designed this is not always the case. Check out our New Home Construction Program to learn how you can build and energy efficient house.
Myth: Closing vents in unused rooms will save money and energy.
Busted: Closing vents changes how your HVAC system processes air. This typically results in your system over working and using more energy.
Myth: Leaving a light on uses less energy than turning it off and on.
Busted: Some people believe that keeping their lights on when they leave saves more energy than turning them off does. This is false; turning off your lights when you leave the room is the best way to reduce energy use.
Myth: By leaving a ceiling fan running it will cool the room.
Busted: Fans create a cooling effect for people through evaporation. The movement of air over your skin evaporates moisture on your skin’s surface. This pulls heat away from your body, creating a cooling effect for you. Remember that ceiling fans cool people, not rooms, so turn the fan off when you’re not using the room.
Myth: If you wash dishes by hand rather than the dishwasher you’ll save more energy.
Busted: Hand washing dishes uses more hot water per load than a dishwasher.