There are countless tricks and tips for energy efficiency and savings, which can lower your environmental impact and save you cash, but- don’t be fooled- some of these tricks are not helping as much as you may think. Here are 4 things you shouldn’t to do save energy.
Don’t close your vents.
Closing vents in unused rooms does not change the amount of energy consumed by the unit itself. Restricting conditioned air at a vent termination redirects it to other locations in the house, or even push air through leaks in your duct system. Closing vents also puts backpressure on the fan that pushes the air through the system, causing it to work harder, use more energy, and wear out faster.
Don’t spend big bucks buying brand new windows.
Replacing single-pane windows for Energy-Star rated dual-pane windows will save energy. That energy savings, however, is a function of the size and number of windows in your home, their orientation and overhangs, and the location of your house and the climate zone you are live in. This typically amounts to a small fraction of your total energy use, and given the expense of replacing windows, there are typically much more cost-effective ways to reduce your energy bills.
Don’t try to speed heat your home
A furnace will provide heat at its max power (or a fraction of max power for multi-stage units) when it is first turned on. So, setting the temperature higher will have little effect in how quickly a home heats. Setting the thermostat higher does have the potential to increase the run-time of the heating system, using more energy and potentially making your home uncomfortably hot.
Don’t try to save money with an electric space heater
Given that electricity is typically between four and 10 times the cost of natural gas, running just two electric space heaters can cost the equivalent of heating an entire home with a gas-powered system.