Some energy-savings practices offer big rewards. However, there are energy-savings myths floating around that just aren’t true. If you’re following any of them, they could be costing you in energy dollars. Whether they’re old truisms that just don’t hold any weight as home technology has changed or just plain erroneous, you don’t want to follow any of these energy-savings myths:
- MYTH: If I buy a more efficient furnace, my energy bills will immediately drop. This is not an energy-savings myth; however, in order for it to hold true, you must also have the furnace sized and installed correctly. And if your home is leaky or lacks proper insulation, make those upgrades too. Then, once the home’s heating load is manageable and you’ve had the system properly sized and installed, you can expect savings.
- MYTH: I can seal my ducts with duct tape. This one is just not true, and nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, experts generally recommend never using duct tape around ducts. Instead, to seal up air leaks, use approved materials such as mastic sealant or metal-backed tape.
- MYTH: When I turn off devices and appliances, I’m conserving energy. Today’s high-tech electronics and appliances are no longer inactive once you turn them off. Timers, clocks, programming features and more cause many devices to continue to draw power even in off mode. The only way to stop this wasted standby energy is to unplug the devices.
- MYTH: Using foam gaskets behind electrical outlets dramatically lowers the heating load of my home. Though it’s true that this action contributes to a lower heating load, the amount of air leakage that generally occurs behind outlets and switches is generally small compared to leakage in the entire home. However, don’t ignore these areas when conducting a comprehensive air-sealing project in your home.
Put the energy-savings myths you’ve been following to rest and create a stable of true energy-saving practices that will net you the results you’re looking for: lower energy bills. For more expert advice, contact Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing. Our expert staff happily serves Grand Traverse County and the five surrounding counties.
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