THE TRUTH BEHIND COMMON ENERGY SAVING MYTHS

Published on 28/05/2018

Energy saving lifestyle changes benefits more than just your wallet, it’s great for the environment too. But how many of the tips that surface online are actually beneficial? This list will help you separate fact from fiction and ensure that the changes you make around your home are positive.

If you are looking to start saving on your energy bills, make sure you don’t get taken in by any of this bad advice!

Appliances labelled ‘energy efficient’ are not always the most cost effective

Buying an energy efficient appliance doesn’t automatically mean it will save you money. Using it in an incorrect manner can compromise its energy saving features; so can installing it the wrong way. Always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and ensure it is properly maintained. Buying appropriately sized appliances can also be more energy efficient in the long run - if you buy a fridge that is double the size you need just because it’s labelled as energy efficient will cost you more.

Leaving fans on low saves energy

Hoping to come back to a cool home on a hot day? You may think leaving your fans on all day is the right way to go. But, this is a myth. Fans work by circulating air, not cooling it. Turn on your cooling as required, you won’t notice a difference.

Leaving appliances on saves power

A commonly held belief is that appliances use more power starting up and powering down than they do in general use. Modern devices, however, are designed to be turned on and off frequently. So make sure to flip the off switch if you are stepping away for a while, this will save power in the long run.

Room heaters are more efficient than central heating

Even if you are only using one room in your house, electric room heaters consume a significant amount of power. This is often more than using your central heating at a moderate level. Set your central heating to only turn on when you need it and you will reduce your energy consumption.

Leaving computers on standby saves energy

Modern computers are designed to start up quickly. Leaving them on standby overnight is just a waste of energy. Always shut your computer down fully and turn it off at the wall.

Screensavers save power

Even when using a screensaver, your computer is still running in full operating mode - and using the same amount of power. Screensavers are mainly for privacy and personalisation. Simply shut your computer down when it’s not in use.

New homes are always energy efficient

Just because your home is a new build, doesn’t mean it has been built for maximum energy efficiency. In some cases, cheaply made new homes can be less energy efficient than older ones. Always look for where you can make improvements and carry them out to minimise your energy usage.

Max the thermostat to heat your home faster

On a cold day, it’s tempting to turn your thermostat up to the max in hopes of heating your home more quickly. This doesn’t work. It takes the same amount of time to heat up to a comfortable level regardless of the setting. Set your thermostat to moderate and be patient.

Hand washing dishes saves more energy than the dishwasher

Dishwashers use less hot water than hand washing and you will probably end up with cleaner plates. Just make sure your dishwasher is fully loaded, as it uses the same amount of power regardless of how full it is.

One thing that isn’t a myth is that Gulf Gas & Power UK could save you over £250 on your annual energy bills!*

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*The saving you will make will vary based on your current tariff and the amount of energy you use. Savings based on Ofgem average consumption values of 3,100kWh of electricity and 12,000kWh gas.