Ever heard a so-called ‘fact’ about energy efficiency that sounded more like an old wives’ tale?
While there have been many advancements in the development of energy efficient products and appliances, somehow the same misconceptions continue to thrive.
Here are six of the most popular myths, busted!
• Dishwashers are bad for the environment
More energy efficient than washing up, Bosch and Finish have calculated that the average cost to run a fully loaded dishwasher is just 37p, including detergent, water and electricity.
• Leaving the heating on a low temperature all day is cheaper than turning the heating up and down or on and off
This practise wastes heat when you’re not at home to benefit from it. Furthermore, your home’s unlikely to reach a comfortable temperature if your thermostat is on one of the lowest settings.
• Putting the thermostat on the highest setting will heat your home faster
No matter how high you crank up the heat, the rate at which your central heating distributes it will remain the same. After all, it’s not possible for the temperature to reach 20C without first reaching 15C.
• Computer screensavers conserve energy
While you may not be running your processors as you would when using your computer, screen savers don’t save energy as the screen is still drawing power. To really conserve energy, put your computer into sleep mode or turn off your monitor.
• Electrical appliances don’t use energy when they’re plugged in, yet switched off
While manufacturers are working to combat this, some electrical goods continue to draw energy, even when the appliance isn’t in use.
• Solar panels don’t generate energy on a cloudy day
While solar panels work most effectively in bright sunshine, they are still able to collect energy on a cloudy day.