Myth #2: Replacing old windows is the best way to save on energy bills
False. Replacing windows is very expensive. While it’s true that new windows are more energy efficient and they make your home more comfortable and can raise the resale value, they won’t pay for themselves in energy savings. In fact, they tend to save the least energy per dollar invested because they are so expensive.
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Myth #3: Ceiling fans cool the room
It feels like fans cool the room, but really, they don’t. What they do cool is your skin, as long as the air temperature is below 90° F. Ceiling fans make you feel more comfortable, so you may require less air conditioning, but they don’t cool the air itself. In fact, the ceiling fan motor actually generates heat! Got a wobbly ceiling fan that’s driving you crazy? Here’s how to fix it.
Myth #4: During heating season, turning down the thermostat at night and when you’re out of the house doesn’t really save much energy
Not true! Utility companies have done studies that show 5 to 8 percent energy savings when the thermostat was turned back 5 to 8 degrees at night and during the day when no one was home. Check out these inexpensive ways to theft-proof your home.