This summer has been a mild one in many regions, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a few hot days. Indeed, many of us are probably still relying on our air conditioners to help beat the heat. The only problem with this is that it is expensive and blasting the AC all day long is a serious waste of energy. Plus, because the energy demands are higher during the summer, many homeowners will be left paying more on their utility bills. This is precisely the reason why it is so important to clear up a few energy saving myths. Here are the top five summer energy saving myths busted.
- Putting the thermostat on the lowest setting will speed up the cooling process. Many people think that if they simply crank their thermostat to the lowest setting, that their home will get cooler faster and thus save more energy. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Ideally, you want your thermostat to slowly climb – this is the most energy efficient way to cool your home.
- A ceiling fan will cool down the room. Ceiling fans feel great on your skin because the cool wind is refreshing and they can break up the air in a room. However, as soon as you leave the room, the ceiling fan is totally useless. It is just spinning and wasting energy. This is why you want to turn off your ceiling fan when you leave a room – leaving it on may be just as wasteful as leaving your air conditioner on when you aren’t home.
- Washing the dishes the old fashion way saves more energy. You may think you are saving energy by not washing your dishes in the dishwater, but you are actually wasting more energy by washing them by hand. Millions of gallons of water are wasted in the hand washing process and energy is wasted trying to heat the water. If you place your dishes in the washer and then hit the wash cycle, it will take a shorter amount of time to clean and less energy to heat the water.
- Closing the vent gates will save money on air conditioning costs. Another big myth is the belief that simply closing the vent gates to your ductwork in a particular room will save energy. This is not true – when you close the vents, the air simply finds somewhere else to travel. If you don’t want your system to be on, you want to turn it off by switching the power off on the thermostat.
- Leaving appliances on sleep mode will be more efficient than completely turning them off. This is another myth, because even though an appliance is on sleep mode, it is still on and using energy. In fact, any appliance that you see with a green or blinking light is still using energy – they are called ghost appliances. If you want to save energy this summer, you want to turn these appliances completely off.