Common Myths About Energy Saving in Your Home
There are so many opinions about energy saving in your home but which ones are real and which ones are myths? Here is a guide to common energy saving facts and fiction:
Myth #1: All fluorescent lighting is bad
Not true! Today’s compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75% less energy than a traditional incandescent light bulb. On average, CFLs have a life span of up to 5 years, according to ENERGY STAR and are a great source of energy saving! So next time you need to replace lighting around your home, keep in mind that incandescent lighting has not changed very much since its debut in the 1800’s. One CFL bulb lasts ten times longer than a regular incandescent bulb that has equivalent wattage.
Myth #2: Don’t turn devices on & off, let them “sleep”
Wrong! At the turn of the century, the myth that letting electrical devices sleep rather than turning them on and off began. The reality is that the small surge of power that occurs when something is turned on is minuscule compared to the power it takes to keep it running when it is not in use. Another surprise about electricity: Many devices draw power even when they are turned off! Many use “phantom power”, which keeps it so it can be turned instantly on or powers lights and LED readouts on these devices. The best solution is to unplug the devices when not in use. You can also connect to power strips and switch those off when you aren’t using the devices.
Myth #3: Foam gaskets reduce air leakage around outlets and light switches
Again, not true. The US Department of Energy says that less than 2% of air leakage in a home comes from electrical wall outlets. The real culprits are one-pane windows with a thin glass sheet. These only serve to heat the outside! Doors left open during fall and spring months also contribute to air leakage. Installing dual pane windows and checking door seals will help keep heat in and air out .
Myth #4: Clean refrigerator coils
Many believe that cleaning the refrigerator coils can deliver major energy savings. No truth to this. The heat exchanged through the fridge back coils is minimal and the low dust in most homes has no effect on the coils.
Myth #5: Duct tape joints to keep in the heat or cold
Again, not true! Although duct tape in strong, it does exchange heat and cold easily so there is no reason to wrap joints.
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