Common Home Energy Usage Myths

Many people think that global warming is a myth perpetrated by the left wing media to garner more votes during election time. However, more and more reports are coming out – from non-biased universities and scientific research groups – which reveal that global warming is real – very real. But the irony about global warming is that there are still a lot of myths that people believe, which are keeping them from reducing their carbon footprint. These myths are allowing millions of tons of carbon emissions – or greenhouse gasses – to be released into the atmosphere. The warmer it gets in the upper reaches of the atmosphere, the more random and chaotic temperature and climate changes will be. Here are some common home energy usage myths.

  1. Ceiling fans are excellent alternatives to air conditioning units. For one thing, ceiling fans do not condition the air – they circulate the air to make the air feel cooler. This is not the same effect that you get from an air conditioner, but if the temperature is bearable with the aid of a ceiling fan, it can be a greener alternative. However, if you leave your ceiling fan on in a room when you are not there, you are basically wasting energy. This is why it is important to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave a room. Because, if you don’t, it could start to widen your carbon footprint.
  2. You can use duct tape to seal ductwork. Yes, duct tape has the word ‘duct’ in it, but that doesn’t mean that it is intended for ductwork. In fact, duct tape can be a terrible way to seal your ducts if you have a leak because the dust and debris inside your HVAC system’s ducts could cause the tape to peel off. There are many¬†benefits of air duct cleaning and sealing, but you want to hire a specialized technician to complete the job for you.
  3. It doesn’t matter if you adjust your thermostat – you are still using energy. This couldn’t be further from the truth – the lower your energy usage, the more energy you will save. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can adjust the thermostat to go on and off only when you need, which will save even more energy. In fact, it is recommended by environmental specialists to adjust your thermostat accordingly – and to use extreme hot and cold air sparingly.
  4. Leaving cellphones and computers plugged in after they charge doesn’t use that much energy. This is a big myth – when you charge cell phones and computers, you want to unplug them immediately after they are done charging. The longer you leave these items plugged in, the more energy you use. This is why these items are called vampire appliances, because they are still sucking down energy – even after they are done charging.
  5. Energy efficient appliances are just a gimmick. Many people believe that energy efficient appliances are just a way for companies to sell more products, but this is definitely not true. In fact, many energy efficient appliances are regularly tested and are rated for energy efficiency. In the end, many of these appliances use far less energy than standard appliances, which can save you money on your energy bills and it can reduce your home’s environmental impact.

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