What do you know about home electricity use? You might think you know the best ways to save on lighting and air conditioning, but chances are you accept some false myths as truth. By busting these myths, you can change your ways and save.
- Myth: I save energy by leaving the air conditioner on while I’m gone because turning it down results in greater energy consumption when it re-cools my home later.
- Fact: If you’re gone for more than a few hours at a time, it’s worth setting the temperature back. You save the most electricity if setback periods last eight hours or longer. Just don’t turn it all the way off when it’s extremely hot outside, since the A/C really will struggle to regain a comfortable temperature if the house gets too hot.
- Myth: Buying a high-efficiency air conditioner is all I need to reduce electricity use.
- Fact: Proper sizing and installation are also important. Failure to give these factors the attention they deserve could lower efficiency by 30 percent.
- Myth: I can cool off my house faster if I lower the thermostat to 65 degrees.
- Fact: Cool air is added to the home at a steady rate whether you change the temperature by one degree or 10. Setting it lower than you actually want it raises the chance of overshooting a comfortable temperature and wasting energy.
- Myth: Ceiling fans cool rooms.
- Fact: Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Air movement evaporates moisture from your skin more quickly, creating a wind-chill effect that makes you feel up to four degrees cooler. Therefore, you can turn the thermostat up a few degrees to save on your cooling bill. Just remember to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room, since it circulates air, but does not cool it.
- Myth: Leaving compact fluorescent lights on is the best way to save.
- Fact: CFLs consume very little energy when you turn them on. When you leave the room even for a few minutes, the lights consume less energy if you turn them off and back on again than if you leave the lights on.
Change your habits today and see immediate energy savings. For more tips on decreasing electricity use at home, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing in Greater Cleveland.
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