Summer is once again here in the Philippines. It’s inevitable that we Filipinos will find ways to cool ourselves under the extreme heat of our tropical weather. Air conditioners will be turned up throughout the day and electric fans will be one’s best friend. With today’s temperature, electricity usage will definitely shoot through the roof. The only way to lessen those electricity bills will be through efficient energy-saving methods. But don’t be confused, there are some myths that need to be busted when it comes to energy-saving! Some of them are not what you really think they are so we need to get our facts straight.
Here are energy-saving myths you need to know!
- Running your electric fan in an empty room cools the temperature
This fact may have been made up by people who are generally hot on a daily basis. Rooms do not necessarily have rising temperatures that need to be cooled. Fans generate wind that circulates around the room, so if you’re in the room then you’ll definitely feel the cooling temperature, but an empty room does not share the same scenario. It’s better to turn-off your electric fan when you leave the room to save energy.
- Turning your computer or laptop on and off continuously wastes energy
Some people perceive that the “sleep” mode of a computer saves energy. This is a misconception because “sleep” mode actually uses more power if misused. It prompts the computer to exert extra energy because it is functioned to have a fast boot up when you’re done with sleep mode. And with today’s computers being made to be energy efficient, turning it off and on is actually a better energy-saving solution.
- Washing dishes by hand is cheaper than a dishwasher
Washing dishes by hand is not actually cheaper because depending on your style of dish washing, the water usage is just as much as using electricity on a dishwasher. With today’s dishwashers manufactured to be completely water and electricity efficient, it saves you time and physical effort when cleaning dishes. Also, think of how much time you’ll be able to save with a dishwasher.
- Cranking up the thermostat quickly heats the room
Turning up your thermostat to a high degree doesn’t really mean that it fastens the process of heating up the room. It doesn’t really provide the potential to heat in a faster pace because of the run-time a thermostat’s system follows. If abused, it could throw off your room’s temperature resulting in an extremely uncomfortable atmosphere. Also, cranking up the thermostat will only promote useless and excessive electricity.
- Switching lights on and off frequently expends more energy.
Manufactured indoor lights now promote energy efficiency, so turning them on and off continuously do not pose a threat for your electricity bill. What’s not energy efficient is turning them on without the proper reason and leaving them for a long time. It’s better to turn them off when you’re not using them then turning them on again if need be.
- Plugged devices that are not used does not use up energy
This is one of the oldest myths in the energy-efficient department. Plugged machines, even if unused, still generate small amounts of energy also known as “energy vampires”. You’d be surprised how much energy you’ll be saving when you unplug your devices if they are not in use.
- Leaving your water heater on uses only a small amount of energy
Water heaters don’t necessarily need to be turned-on on a daily basis. Water heaters of today have sacks that store heated water so it can be used for a later use. Also, leaving your water heater on even if it’s not used can still generate energy. Make sure to turn on your water heater only if you’re going to use it.