You may not realize it, but you could be driving up the cost of living in your home. By practicing what these common myths suggest, you are using more energy, not less. The good news is that you can easily course-correct, and we have a few solutions for you.
Myth 1: Cranking Up the Heat
Unfortunately, blasting your heat isn’t going to increase the temperature in your home any faster. Doing so wastes energy and cash. Try doing this instead:
- Close your blinds and drapes at night in the winter to keep heat in and cold out.
- Keep warm air registers clean and free of barriers, such as furniture and drapes.
- Use reversible fans in the winter to circulate warm air.
Myth 2: Space Heaters Save Money
Thinking of saving money on your heating bill by using a space heater? Think again. Space heaters use tons of energy to run and cost more than using a gas furnace. They can also be dangerous if used incorrectly. A better way to save money is by using a WiFi Thermostat to keep your rooms cozy and comfortable, anytime, anywhere.
Myth 3: Closing Vents and Registers Save Energy
This age-old trick has actually been costing you money. By closing off vents, your HVAC system is actually using more energy than when vents and registers are properly positioned. To save energy and money, set your thermostat a few degrees higher in summer and lower in winter, but avoid drastic increases and decreases.
Myth 4: Appliances Don’t Use Energy When Turned Off
It’s time to get into the habit of unplugging. Even if you turn your appliances off, they will still use energy if you leave them plugged into an outlet. The more appliances that are plugged in, the more electricity you’re using.
Myth 5: Ceiling Fans Cool Rooms
Fans circulate the air in our rooms, which makes us feel cooler. They don’t change the temperature of the room. Turn fans off when you leave the room and save on energy costs.
Looking to save money on heating and cooling costs, try our WiFi Thermostat.