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  • Energy Myths

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019   /   by Holly Northup

    Energy Myths

    Many times my email inbox is full of junk mail that is deleted as quickly as possible, but once in a while I find a gem that needs to be shared.

    This morning was one such time.

    My electric company sent out a little article that told of several myths that we tend to believe about conserving energy that are simply not true.  This bit of energy education can not only help us conserve energy, but we just might save some money, too!!!

    The myths and subsequent truths included:

    Myth 1: The lower the thermostat setting, the faster a home will cool.

    Truth: Many people think that walking into a hot room and lowering the thermostat to 65 degrees will cool the room more quickly. This is not true.

    Thermostats direct a home’s HVAC system to heat or cool to a certain temperature. Drastically adjusting the thermostat setting will not make a difference in how quickly you feel cooler. The same is true for heating. The Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees during summer months, and 68 degrees during winter months.

    Myth 2: Opening the oven door to check on a dish doesn’t really waste energy.

    Truth: While it can be tempting to check the progress of that dish you're cooking in the oven, opening the oven door does waste energy. Every time the oven door is opened, the temperature inside is reduced by as much as 25 degrees, delaying the progress of your dish and, more importantly, costing you additional money. If you need to check the progress of a dish, try using the oven light instead.

    Myth 3: Ceiling fans keep your home cool while you’re away.

    Truth: Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Ceiling fans circulate room air but do not change the temperature. A running ceiling fan in an empty room is only adding to your electricity use. Remember to turn fans off when you’re away and reduce your energy use.

    Myth 4: Reducing my energy use is too expensive.

    Truth: Many people think reducing energy use requires expensive up-front costs, like purchasing new, more efficient appliances or construction upgrades to an older home. But the truth is that consumers who make small changes to their energy efficiency habits, such as turning off lights when not in use, sealing air leaks and using a programmable thermostat, can see a reduction in energy consumption.

    The truth to saving energy is that it doesn’t have to be difficult. When we focus on small changes, we can end up saving big time!!!

    If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling real estate in the Austin area, please contact Kathleen Bucher at 512.794.6644 or KathleenBucher@mac.com.  It would be an honor to earn your business!!

    *The Truths and Myths came from the September 2016 Pedernales Electric Company blog.