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Don’t be fooled by common energy myths E


By Abby Berry, NRECA


a ng carrots will greatly improve your eyesight, cracking your knuckles leads to arthri s, watching too much TV will


harm your vision. We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales, but did you know there are also many misconcep ons about home energy use? Don’t be fooled by common energy myths.


Myth: The higher the thermostat se ng, the faster the home will heat (or cool). Many people think that walking into a chilly room and raising the thermostat to 85 degrees will heat the room more quickly. This is not true.


Thermostats direct a home’s HVAC system to heat or cool to a certain temperature. Dras cally adjus ng the thermostat se ng will not make a diff erence in how quickly you feel warmer. The same is true for cooling. The Department of Energy recommends se ng your thermostat to 78 degrees during summer months, and 68 degrees during winter months.


Myth: Opening the oven door to check on a dish doesn’t really waste energy. While it can be temp ng to check the progress of that dish you're cooking in the oven, opening the oven door does waste energy. Every  me 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, cos ng you addi onal money. If you need to check the progress of a dish, try using the oven light instead.


Myth: Ceiling fans keep your home cool while you’re away. Believe it or not, many people think this is true. Ceiling fans cool people, not rooms. Ceiling fans circulate room air but do not change the temperature (unless located near a thermostat). 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: Reducing my energy use is too expensive. Many consumers believe that reducing energy use requires expensive up-front costs, like purchasing new, more effi cient appliances or construc on upgrades to an older home. But the truth is, consumers who make small changes to their energy effi ciency habits, such as turning off lights when not in use, sealing air leaks and using a programmable thermostat, can see a reduc on in energy consump on.


Remember, energy effi ciency doesn’t have to be diffi cult. Focus on small changes to save big. Learn more about ways to save energy by visi ng www.neelectric.com or calling 800- 256-6405.


6 - NE Connection


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