Energy Efficiency Myths and Facts

From unplugging your appliances, to deciding what to set your thermostat to, trying to be more energy efficiency can often seem confusing. Here are some myths and facts to help you navigate energy efficiency in your home.

Myth 1: Food will cook faster on the stove if you leave the setting on high.

Fact: Leaving the setting on high does not cook food any faster. Once water is boiling, you can save energy by turning the heat down and covering the pot.

Myth 2: When my TV is turned off, it isn’t using any electricity.

Fact: Most electronic devices use standby power, even when they are turned off. Unplug your devices or invest in a smart power bar to help reduce energy usage and save money.

Myth 3: If you’re leaving the room for a short period of time, leaving the lights on uses less energy than turning them on and off.

Fact: Turning the lights on or off does not require any significant draw of power, so don’t forget to turn the lights off, even if you’re leaving for a short period of time.

Myth 4: Setting your thermostat to a higher temperature, will heat you home quicker.

Fact: Turning up your thermostat to a higher temperature does not heat up your home any quicker, it will still take the same amount of time to reach your desired temperature.

Myth 5: Electric space heaters save money.

Fact: Electric space heaters are huge energy consumers and using them regularly will likely result in higher energy bills.