The myth of heating your home all the time
There are a few myths still out there about energy efficiency for example:
“fluorescent tubes use more energy if you switch them off and on again”.
This is wrong! It only takes a few seconds worth of power to fire them up, so always turn them off when you leave a room.
The other myth which is still hanging around is about how to heat your house.
Some people still believe it is better to heat the house all the time just to be warm in the morning and evening. This will cost you a lot of money and create a lot of emissions. If the house is kept warm for a long time it will lose heat for all that time. As the house cools down it loses less heat until, eventually, when it is a little above the outside temperature, it looses virtually nothing. So, if you turn the heating off when you are out the house will stop losing heat and money. If you keep the heating on, it will keep losing heat and costing you money.
October daytime temperatures are around 10 to 15 centigrade. Even if your house cools down that low when you are out it should heat up to 18 to 21 quickly once you get home. In fact, if it doesn’t, perhaps you need to have your heating system serviced, more insulation added or some draughts investigated?
Don’t fall prey to heating myths, get the facts and save money this winter!