There’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow. Break a mirror, and you’ll have seven years of bad luck. These familiar myths and old wives’ tales (as well as many others) have been passed down for generations but when it comes to energy, myths can cost us valuable energy dollars. Over the next couple of months, we’ll discuss a few common energy myths and provide the facts so you can save.

MYTH 1: Heat With Space Heaters Saves Money.
Space heaters may be small but they’re big energy guzzlers. Using a space heater in a room or small space, for a short time, isn’t so bad; however, if you’re using a space heater for long periods to heat large spaces, you’re increasing your energy use and bill. Use space heaters with caution because they can cause spikes in your energy bills. In some cases, it’s better to increase the thermostat a degree or two in your home if it isn’t warm enough. Energy audits have been conducted on homes where two or more space heaters were operating at the same time for large areas. This usually resulted in high energy bills and created safety hazards when placed too close to furniture or flammable materials.

MYTH 2: Using Computer Screen Savers Saves Energy.
Those mystical whirling geometric shapes may mesmerize you when you’re not working on your computer but they’re not saving energy. In fact, your screen saver is a computer program that’s operating when you’re not using your computer, so you’re not saving energy at all. Instead, use your computer’s sleep mode setting to kick in after a period of inactivity. You can do the same for your monitor.

MYTH 3: Closing Vents Saves Energy.
Closing vents in rooms that aren’t occupied or used often doesn’t save energy. Restricting conditioned air pushes it through other vents in the house. It can also cause backpressure on the fan that pushes the air through your system, which makes it use more energy and work harder.