Friday 21st March, 2014
When it comes to energy saving tips, there are plenty of myths out there about what can help to reduce your bills. We've tackled five of the top myths for you...
1. It is cheaper to run appliances at night.
Sometimes this is true, sometimes it is false: it all depends on which tariff you are on. Economy 7 tariffs will be cheaper at night than during the day, but it may not make a difference for those on other tariffs.
2. Turning up the thermostat higher will heat your home more quickly.
Not true. Your home will always heat up at the same speed, even if you turn the thermostat higher than you need in an attempt to speed the process up.
3. Electrical items don't draw power when plugged in but not being used.
False. Some laptops, mobile phone chargers, games consoles and more can still draw power, even when they aren't being used. Known as "vampire power", this electricity usage can increase your electricity bills, so be sure to turn wall switches off when they aren't being used - or, even better, unplug unused electrical devices completely.
4. Computer screen savers save energy.
This is not true. Your screen is still on when a screen saver is being displayed, and the screen saver itself is essentially acting like another computer program which needs electricity to run. You'd be better off putting your computer into its sleep setting when away from the screen, or turning the screen off completely rather than leaving it to run.
5. Leaving your central heating on a low setting all day is cheaper than turning it up and down when needed.
In actual fact, most people will find that a combination of timer controls and room thermostats will work better. By leaving your heating on all day, even when not at home, you'll be wasting heat at times when you don't need it. A timer control means that you can set the heating so it's at the perfect temperature for when you get home, and room thermostats will keep each room at the perfect temperature, turning the heating off when this temperature is reached.