Energy saving myths busted!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Energy Saving Methods are often misunderstood. Many people follow a routine of what they believe saves a lot of energy, but in reality they save very little. Conversely, these same people may be ignoring some tasks that can save the most energy, and indeed money off their bills. Read more below..

Energy Savings Myths you Need to Know

Just under half (47 per cent) of all NI householders think it’s cheaper to leave their home heating on all day than turning the heating on or off and up or down when required.

While 29 per cent of NI householders that think screensavers on computers save energy. This finding is part of an energy saving mythbusting survey commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust as part of Big Energy Saving Week, which highlights the perceptions of the UK public and how they don’t always match the reality of the energy saving action or statement. 

Patrick Thompson, Operations Manager of Energy Saving Trust Northern Ireland, said: “We commissioned this survey to bust some of the top energy saving myths we encounter on a daily basis. While for certain actions a portion of the Northern Irish public think they are saving energy when they’re not, it’s heartening to see that a lot of people are doing the right thing in the home to save energy.

“We know it’s important for the public in Northern Ireland  to stay warm and cosy in their homes. But the most cost-effective way to do this is to turn the heating on and off or up and down when required rather than leaving it on all day at a lower temperature. This ensures that heat is not wasted and that your home will be at a comfortable temperature.

“Our message to householders in Northern Ireland is clear: if you don’t know where to start when it comes to saving energy and cutting your fuel bill, or just need some advice, visit the Energy Saving Trust website or give the Energy Saving Advice Service a call on 0300 123 1234 for independent and impartial advice.  According to figures from the Energy Saving Trust, Northern Ireland could collectively save around £144 million on energy bills if householders took three energy efficient measures in the home. These are:

  • Turn it off – Make sure you turn your lights, appliances and chargers off when you’re not using them. If you turn a light off for even a few seconds, you will save more energy than it takes the light to start up again, no matter what sort of lights you have. And virtually all electrical and electronic appliances can safely be turned off at the plug without upsetting their systems.
  • Turn it down – Many households have their central heating set higher than they need, without even realising it. If it’s too warm inside, try turning the room thermostat down to get a temperature that is comfortable for you – everyone has different comfort levels so it’s vital that you adjust the thermostat to a temperature that matches your particular comfort levels. Every degree that you turn it down could make additional savings to your heating bill.
  • Let there be light – Households can now get LED spotlights that are bright enough to replace halogens, as well as regular energy saving bulbs (‘compact fluorescent lamps’ or CFLs) for pretty much everything else. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fittings and can save households money on their energy bills.

Big Energy Saving Week takes place between Monday 27 and Friday 31 January, with the week aiming to raise awareness of energy and efficiency issues among the UK public through joint working between the voluntary sector and energy suppliers.

To view the full list of energy saving myths, check out our Energy Saving Myths busted page.


Energy Saving Trust