You may not realize it, but you could be driving up the cost of living in your home. You could be driving up your energy cost by practicing these five common household myths about saving energy.
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; and Use reversible fans in the winter to circulate warm air.
Thinking of saving money on your heating bill by using a space heater? Think again. Space heaters use tons of energy 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 Wi-Fi Thermostat to keep your rooms cozy and comfortable, anytime, anywhere.
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.
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.
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.
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