10 Myths about energy saving
Trying to work out the best ways to save energy can be difficult, so this page is dedicated to pulling the plug on some of the most common energy-draining myths.
Leaving the heating on all day on a low temperature is cheaper than turning the heating up and down, or on and off, as needed.
FALSE: Leaving your room thermostat on all day at a lower temperature will waste heat when you do not need it. Use a timer control that tells your heating system to come on only when you need it to save money on your energy bills.
Cranking up the thermostat heats your home faster.
FALSE: No matter how high you set the temperature, the rate at which your central heating distributes heat remains constant. To heat your home faster, install better insulation. This decreases the rate at which heat is lost through your walls, loft, windows, and floor.
Electrical appliances, such as TVs, laptops, phone chargers, don’t use electricity when they’re plugged-in but not in use.
FALSE: Some electrical appliances and chargers draw energy even when the devices are not being used. By avoiding leaving equipment in standby mode, and making sure devices are not left plugged in or idle, a typical home could save around £30 a year.
With traditional light-bulbs fittings, you cannot do a straightforward swap with energy saving bulbs and LED light bulbs.
FALSE: Energy saving and LED light bulbs come in all shapes and sizes and can now is fitted in down-lighters, free-standing lamps and traditional pendants.
Solar panels don’t generate electricity on a cloudy day.
FALSE: Whilst solar panels will work most effectively in bright sunlight, they nonetheless continue to collect energy from diffuse light even on a cloudy day. Summer months are the most productive as there are longer daylight hours than in winter.
When using a desktop computer, screensavers save energy.
FALSE: Because your screen remains on, screensavers are basically another programme which consumes energy like any other. While computers have timed sleep settings which do use less energy, switching off your monitor or even your whole computer when taking breaks is the most effective way to stop energy being wasted.