Are Any of These 4 Energy Myths Messing With Your North Carolina Home?
Saving energy is important for every household here in the Raleigh area, not least of all because increased energy efficiency saves money. Many homeowners, however, aren’t sure how to save energy in their homes, or they may have fallen prey to popular home energy myths. Here are a few home energy myths that may be costing you money and wasting energy.
Efficient Furnaces and Air Conditioners
Many homeowners mistakenly believe that purchasing a more efficient HVAC system will cause an automatic reduction in utility bills. Though these systems are more efficient and will use less energy in general, they can still be wasteful if they’re installed improperly. The heating and cooling system must be properly sized and installed, as should ductwork, for maximum efficiency.
Adjusting the Thermostat Too Far
We’ve all been guilty of abusing the thermostat once or twice, but it’s a myth that turning the thermostat way up or down will warm or cool your home more quickly. Adjusting the thermostat only affects the end temperature of the cycle, and the HVAC system will heat and cool at the same speed, no matter the setting.
Turning Off Electronics
Some homeowners believe the common misconception that because it takes so much energy to start up electronics, it’s better to simply leave them running, even when not in use. This is incorrect, and this myth is responsible for a great deal of wasted energy. Always turn off electronics and lights, even if you’ll only be away for a short time.
Energy Efficiency and First Cost
Many consumers assume that energy efficient options always cost significantly more. Though prices of more efficient items are occasionally higher, in general, there’s no increase in cost correlated with energy efficiency alone. In many cases, the more efficient appliances or improvements are cheaper or pay off the difference in cost quickly through decreased energy use. Government rebates and other incentive programs can also significantly decrease the cost of an efficient appliance.