We thought it was time to “bust” those energy saving myths we have all heard and instead let you know what the actual facts are!
Leaving we all 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: For the majority of householders, leaving your room thermostat on all day at a lower temperature will not only mean that your home will never be at a comfortable temperature but it will also waste heat when you do not need it. Room thermostats turn the heat on and off when your home reaches the set temperature that you feel comfortable at. Combine this with 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: Your room thermostat turns your heating system on or off according to a set temperature. No matter how high you set the temperature, the rate at which your central heating distributes heat remains constant.
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. This ‘vampire power’ wastes energy, and the best way to avoid this is to remember to switch off at the wall and pull out the plug.
By avoiding standby, and making sure devices are not left plugged in or idle, a typical home could save between £50 to £80 a year.
It is cheaper to run appliances, such as washing machines, at night than during the day
This may be true, but not for most of us. While some households in the UK are on tariffs that vary depending on the time of day, such as Economy 7, the majority of customers pay the same rate at all times of day and night.
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.