Summer Cooling Energy Myths

June 29, 2016 | Posted in Tips & Ways to Save

It’s been said that you ‘shouldn’t believe everything you read on the internet’, which also applies to energy efficiency tips. You might be surprised to find out that you could be losing money because of false energy myths.

We’ve got a game plan to help you tackle some common myths this summer and send you on your way to Savings Champion status in no time.

Myth #1: Turn your thermostat way down for fast cooling.

Truth: The only thing this strategy brings to your team is high energy bills. programmable thermostat summerThermostats are often thought to run like cars: the harder you step on the gas pedal, the faster it goes. In reality, it works more like a light switch: when it’s “on” the same amount of light (or cool air) will flow through the vents. The best recommendation is to set your thermostat to your ideal temperature (not lower) and patiently wait for your cooling system to cool your home.  You can also trade your old thermostat for a programmable thermostat. You can score a $50 rebate from DP&L, and it will give you the power to use less energy while you’re away from home, but set it to reach your comfort level by the time you return home.

Do you have a programmable thermostat? Here’s a guide with recommended settings to help you save energy with your programmable thermostat:

recommended summer thermostat settings

If 78° is too warm for your comfort, just remember that each degree you adjust for savings can make a big difference on your energy bill. Get more cooling tips on our website.

Myth #2: Leaving a ceiling fan on will cool a room even when you’re not in there.

Contrary to popular belief, ceiling fans don’t lower room temperature. The purpose of a fan is to circulate air in the room so that when it moves across our skin, we feel cooler. Running a ceiling fan in an empty room is wasted electricity. Remember, fans cool people, not rooms, so turn them off when you leave the room.

Myth #3: Buying an energy efficient air conditioner will automatically reduce your energy bill.

Investing in a new energy efficient air conditioner is a great start to saving money on your energy bill, but it’s just as important to ensure you purchase the right size and install it properly. Failure to do so can result in a loss of efficiency, costing you more money. You can use this helpful guide from ENERGY STAR® to determine the right size unit you need for your room.  And remember to operate your new system to minimize your energy usage.  Even energy efficient systems can use more energy than necessary with improper settings.  See Myth #1.

Myth #4: Closing the vent in unused rooms will save you money.

DPL newscasters sitting on hvacWhile this may seem like a good idea, if you have a central air system, closing vents in unused rooms will actually cause the system to work harder. Your cooling system is designed to distribute air evenly – when you close off vents, the duct system becomes more restrictive, increasing pressure in the system. This can result in leakage in the duct system, causing you to lose energy and money, costing you more in the long run. A better solution is to leave all vents open and set your thermostat to a comfortable temperature. We’ve made some recommendations on our website that will help you score even bigger savings.

Don’t forget, if you’re in the market for a new cooling and heating system, DP&L offers generous rebates to help you offset the cost. Plus, you can save $150 per year in energy costs. Learn more.

Have you heard other energy efficiency tips and are unsure whether they’re fact or fiction? Post them below in the comment section and we’ll provide you the answers to help you Be a Savings Champion.

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