There are a lot of home energy myths. For years, these myths have been causing people to make the wrong decisions when it comes to repairs and making their homes more energy efficient. If you really want to save energy and money, you want to be sure that you know fact from fiction. The truth of the matter is that these myths are costing you in more ways than one. If you want to take measures to reduce your carbon footprint, it is especially important to debunk some of the more common myths. Here are five common home energy myths debunked.

  1. Closing off heater grates and registers will help you save money on your energy bill. Many people believe that if they put furniture, or even duct tape, over a register, it will help save energy. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The energy will simply come through another register in the same quantity. All you are doing is blocking off the HVAC airflow to a specific room. You can ask any heating and air conditioning repair service, like Wildwood Heating and Cooling, and they will tell you the same thing.
  2. A ceiling fan can reduce the temperature of a room and it is more energy efficient than air conditioning. A lot of people also believe that if you just turn the ceiling fan on, it will cool your home. The truth is that ceiling fans don’t do anything but provide a fresh breeze in a room. In fact, if you leave a room where you have a ceiling fan moving, you may be wasting more energy.
  3. If you turn your thermostat on full blast, it will heat up faster and you won’t expend as much energy. If you turn up your heating system to full blast, all you are doing is wasting more energy. Sure, your home may heat up faster, but the energy will escape just the same. In fact, it is much better to schedule your heating and air conditioning system to go off during various intervals – instead of all at once.
  4. Leaving your computer and other appliances in sleep mode will save more energy than turning them off completely. If you are the kind of person that leaves a lot of appliances plugged in, you may want to think about breaking this habit. Indeed, appliances that are plugged in are still draining energy. Even after a computer, or a phone, has been used – it is still draining power from the grid. This is why you want to work on making sure all of your appliances are completely turned off.
  5. Energy efficiency won’t increase the value of your home; homebuyers aren’t interested in energy efficiency. On top of everything, there is a pervading myth that energy efficiency is just a marketing ploy – that it won’t really raise a home’s value. Indeed, this may have been the case twenty to thirty years ago, but these days energy efficiency is just as popular as a stainless steel fridge. In the end, if you are planning on selling your home, you may want to think about shrinking your home’s carbon footprint.

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