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Don’t be Fooled by Common Energy Myths

At Jackson EMC, we want our members to use energy wisely. That’s why we’re debunking five common energy-efficiency myths – and telling you what it really takes to save energy.

#1 Myth: “To cool down my house faster in the summer, I set the temperature much lower.”

FACT Drastically adjusting the thermostat setting doesn't affect how quickly you feel cooler in the summer. It’s the same for warming your home in the winter. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter for the most energy savings. Using a smart thermostat helps conserve energy by customizing heating and cooling based on your patterns and preferences. Members can save on smart thermostats with an instant rebate from Jackson EMC Marketplace.

Shop for discounted thermostats at jacksonemcmarketplace.com.

#2 Myth: “When I turn off electronics - like my TV, game console or computer - they stop using power from the outlet.”

FACT Even when turned off, most electronics continue to use energy while plugged into an outlet. We call that “vampire energy.” This wasted energy could add an extra 10% to your home’s energy use. The solution? Unplug your electronics when you’re not using them or use a power strip that you can switch on and off.

#3 Myth: “It's not worth the time or money to seal small air leaks around my windows or doors.”

FACT Sealing those small air leaks around doors and windows is generally an easy DIY project. This can help you save up to 10% on your annual energy bills, according to ENERGY STAR®. It also makes your home feel more comfortable when the temperature outside changes.

For energy-saving DIY projects, visit jacksonemc.com/DIY.

#4 Myth: “Hand washing my dishes will save money by using less water and energy.”

FACT With the right dishwasher, you could be saving water, energy and your time. A new, ENERGY STAR®-certified dishwasher uses less than a quarter of the energy compared to washing the same load of dishes by hand. Newer dishwashers have features that better regulate water temperatures and help save more than 8,000 gallons of water a year. Using a new, ENERGY STAR®-certified dishwasher – instead of washing dishes by hand – can save you about $130 a year on your energy bill, according to ENERGY STAR®.

#5 Myth: “Closing air vents in unused rooms in my house will save energy.”

FACT Proper airflow is important for cooling and heating your home. It may seem like heating and cooling less space – by closing vents –would save energy. However, closing air vents actually increases the air pressure in your HVAC, which could make it work harder and use more energy.

For more energy-saving tips, visit jacksonemc.com/waystosave.