With the world on an energy-saving drive, theories abound as to how we can save energy and reduce bills but how many of these are actually true? We go on a fact-finding mission to bust those energy myths so you know which actions do and which do not save energy.
Leaving lights and appliances on saves energy if you’re going to need them again soon. It is a common myth that turning lights and appliances off and on again wastes more energy than leaving them on if you’re going to be using them again soon. Contrary to popular belief, switching on lights and appliances does not cause a surge of energy.
Screensavers save energy
As a program running on your computer, screensavers still suck energy and do nothing to help conserve it so always put them into sleep mode when temporarily away from them and shut them down completely when you’ve finished with them for the day.
Keeping your heating or cooling on low all day will save energy
If anyone has ever told you that keeping your heaters or cooling systems on a low setting all day is cheaper and less wasteful than switching them on and off as needed, they are wrong. Only use your heating and cooling systems as you need them and if you want to come home to a comfortable temperature, simply programme your timer to turn them on a little in advance of your return.
Turning up your heating or cooling system to maximum will bring your home to a comfortable temperature more quickly
Your heating and cooling systems will take the same amount of time to reach the temperature you require no matter what temperature you set the thermostat to - they won’t magically get to that temperature more quickly because you whack it up or down. All that is likely to happen in this scenario is that you’ll forget about it and your home will soon feel icy cold or boiling hot and you’ll have to turn it right down again.
Dishwashers are huge energy-suckers
Dishwashers seem to often get a bad rap for being bad for the environment and your pocket but, as long as you follow a few simple rules, they could in fact save energy compared to washing up by hand. If you only operate your dishwasher on a full load, stack it properly, and choose a lower temperature for loads that aren’t too dirty, you could use less energy than filling your sink with hot water multiple times a day.