Energy Saving Myths
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Energy Saving Myth #1
Less energy is consumed if you leave your lights on rather than turning it off and on several times.
Truth - Leaving a lamp on consumes more energy than turning it on and off, as needed. If the bulb is on, it is using electricity, and if it’s off, it isn’t. It doesn’t take any more electricity for a light bulb to turn itself back on. If you really want to save energy and money, make it a habit to turn off your lights, when not needed.
Energy Saving Myth #2
Turning your computer on and off wastes energy
Truth - This is a very common energy-saving myth. Today’s computers are more energy efficient than ever before, and by turning them off when not in use, you can save a great deal of energy and money. You can also take advantage of built-in energy-saving features such as the “sleep” function that essentially puts your computer to sleep when not in use and wakes it when you go back to it. Again, this saves what would otherwise be a lot of wasted energy.
Energy Saving Myth #3
Electronics do not consume energy when they are switched off
Truth - It is a good habit to switch off your electronic appliances like TV, video games, etc. when not in use. But, to believe that this will save energy over leaving them on is really not true. These devices continue to suck power from your outlets when they are off in the form of ‘standby power’, which allows the device to power up again quickly. Always unplug the appliances when not in use to avoid this hidden energy consumption.