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Myths About Saving Energy

February 25, 2011

Myth:  Washing dishes by hand uses less energy than a dishwasher.

Fact:  Dishwashers generally use less hot water per load than hand-washing, if you use them efficiently.  Try not to use the pre-rinse cycle, it wastes up to 20 gallons of water per load without getting dishes any cleaner.  Only run the dishwasher when it’s full.

Myth:  When appliances are turned off, they’re off.

Fact:  Most devices continue to consume “phantom” power when they are off.  Power strips are a great solution.

Myth:  Leaving computers or lights on uses less energy than turning them on and off.

Fact:  The power created when some devices are turned on is vastly smaller than the energy used by running the device when it is not needed.  So, turn them off when they are not being used.

Myth:  Dimming incandescent lights by 50 percent will cut the lighting bill in half.

Fact:  The relationship between dimming and energy use isn’t linear, and savings will be less than expected.  For real savings, switch to CFL or LED light bulbs.

Myth:  Insulating the ceiling will just cause more heat to leak out the window.

Fact:  Adding insulation to one part of a home won’t increase the “pressure” on heat losses through other parts.  But any poorly insulated areas will leak.  A home energy audit is your best way to determine where to insulate along with other ways to save energy.


Consider getting a monitoring device like The Energy Detective (TED), which shows household electrical usage in real time and projects your monthly bill.  Research indicates that real-time feedback leads consumers to reduce their energy use.

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