Top Ten Misconceptions on Home Energy Use

As energy prices rise, more people are looking for ways to save money on energy bills. A lot of people turn to old-fashioned ideas of energy conservation, but many of those are outdated or false. Here are 10 common misconceptions about home energy usage.

1. Myth: No power is used by appliances that are turned off.

The truth: Many appliances continue to use power when they’re off. Unplug televisions, air conditioners and computers to save more money on your energy bill.

2. Myth: It’s fine to leave computers on when they’re not in use.

The truth: Computers use surprising amounts of power even when they’re not being used. Turn them when you finish using them and try to choose products bearing the Energy Star logo for better energy efficiency.

3. Myth: When you boil water, use hot tap water and you’ll consume less total energy.

The truth: Using hot water from the tap may be faster, but you’ll use the same amount of energy either way.

4. Myth: Energy-saving air conditioners and furnaces will lower your energy bill.

The truth: These devices will only save you money if you choose the appropriate sizes and install them correctly. Otherwise, you could use as much as a third more power.

5. Myth: Ceiling fans cool rooms whether you’re present or not.

The truth: Fans only cool your skin and have no effect on ambient temperature. If you’re not there to feel the air breeze past you, the fan is wasting energy.

6. Myth: Baths use more energy than showers.

The truth: If you take showers for 10 minutes or longer, you’re not necessarily saving energy. Take shorter showers or use water-saving shower heads to reduce your consumption.

7. Myth: Lights use less power if you leave them on than if you turn them off and on repeatedly.

The truth: While lights use a tiny amount of extra energy for a brief moment after being turned on, it’s not enough to make a difference.

8. Myth: Drafty doors and windows are no big deal.

The truth: When it’s cold outside, drafts can raise your heating energy consumption by a quarter. Seal all gaps to see big savings on your bill.

9. Myth: Dripping faucets don’t waste enough water to matter.

The truth: A dripping faucet can easily waste 10 gallons of water per day, raising your water bill significantly.

10. Myth: Ducts can be sealed with duct tape.

The truth: Duct tape is known for its versatility, but it’s not ideal for this purpose. Use mastic tape instead for more reliable, longer-lasting results.

This post was written by Jeanie on behalf of Texas Electricity. In her spare time, Jeanie enjoys decorating and spending time with family.

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