#1. “Close the Vents in Rooms That Are Not Used”
The blower, also known as an air handler, is a residential heating and cooling system designed to move a certain amount of air whether you choose to close some of the vents or leave all of them open. So, closing the indoor vents may reduce the total amount of air moved by the blower. This reduces its efficiency.
#2. “Window Replacement Can Save Energy”
Window replacement can cost a lot of money. While it’s true that new windows are more energy-efficient, can make every property more comfortable, and can increase the resale value, they surely won’t pay for themselves in energy savings.
#3. “Ceiling Fans Can Cool the Room”
It feels like fans cool the room; however, they don’t. They do cool the skin of a person, however, as long as the air temperature stays below 90 degrees. Ceiling fans can improve comfort, but they don’t cool the air itself. The ceiling fan motor generates heat.
#4. “Heavy Curtains and Drapes Help Conserve Energy in the Winter”
People may feel fewer drafts near the window, but the air between the fabric and the cold window cools and falls faster than the air in the rest of the room. Those who like the look of heavy and cozy window coverings should consider it an aesthetic option and not an energy-saving measure.
#5. “Switch Something off and It Will Not Use Electricity”
It surely sounds easy enough, right? It does, but it doesn’t work this way. Have you ever heard of “vampire” electricity? It’s when something is plugged and switched “off,” but it continues to draw electricity to power its sensors and latent systems. This is true for TVs, space heaters, microwaves, phone chargers, coffeemakers, computers, and more. Whenever possible, it’s best to pull the plug to save electricity.
#6. “HVAC Equipment Is to Blame for Most of the Energy Use”
Research shows that HVAC equipment accounts for only 48 percent of home energy consumption. Your computers, appliances, televisions, and gaming systems consume most of the energy on your property.
#7. “Hand-Washing Dishes Is More Energy-Efficient”
According to RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network), the hand-washing of dishes consumes more hot water than a dishwasher. This means higher energy costs to run the water heater. Modern appliances have energy efficiencies that do save a lot of resources. The next time you decide to lower the electricity bill by doing your dishes by hand, load the dishwasher instead.