5 Energy Myths that Refuse to Die!

POSTED ON September 7, 2018 BY

When trying to save a bit of money on your power bill you’ll sometimes have to separate fact from fiction.

In short, there’s a lot of myths floating around about your energy.

From which appliances to turn off, to which source of electricity is the cheapest.

These myths have become so prevalent that’s it’s about time someone put them to bed.

That’s why we’ve prepared this list of energy myths that just won’t die.

So take the time to give it a read and let us know in the comments any myths you’ve heard about energy use.

1 – If it’s off, it’s not using power

We’ll start off with a big one. One that people still don’t get after all these years.

When you flick your TV or computer or any household appliance off at the end of the day, you might think that’s it done costing you money.

Unfortunately, this is actually a major waste of money.

You need to turn your appliance off at the wall and then unplug it.

Otherwise, it will continue to draw a small amount of electricity from the grid, and the value you get from this electricity use is exactly nill.

Worse still is the dreaded standby mode.

Closer to a bug than a feature, standby mode still exists for some reason.

Appliances left on standby rather than being properly turned off can account for about 10% of your electricity bill.

If you’re interested in wasting money today, make sure you leave your appliances plugged in and on standby mode.

If you’re not, just take the extra two seconds to ensure they’re all the way off.

2 – Lightbulbs don’t use much power

Everyone’s done it.

It’s not something we really think about, but lights are left on all the time.

They don’t use that much power, right?

They certainly don’t burn through the watts the way your TV or heater might, but they do add up.

In the typical home, you have multiple light bulbs all throughout your house, all switched on, at all hours of the day.

Not to mention a single 60-watt incandescent light bulb could use up to 600 kwh of electricity if left on all night.

Typically you don’t need a light when you’re sleeping.

The good news is that despite the fact that you need your lightbulbs, there is an easy fix.

If you’re not in a room where the light bulbs are switched on, just turn them off.

Little changes like this can really start to add up over the course of a year.

3 –  Solar is expensive

Maybe in the ‘70s it was, but this is the 21st Century, and we frankly can’t afford not to think about solar.

Perhaps you’re concerned about the environment?

Maybe your third $1000 power bill of the year was the last straw?

No matter what angle you’re looking at it from, solar makes sense.

Since 2010 the price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, in some places by up to 50%.

The cost of producing solar panels has dropped dramatically.

This means the savings are being passed onto everyday consumers like yourself.

Once you get solar installed, you might start seeing further savings on your power bill as you feed power back into the grid.

More and more Australians switch to solar and we can help.

Electricity Monster’s sister company Solar Monster can help you design a high-quality solar system of your own.

Solar makes sense, so give us a call today on 1300 232 848. 

4 – Lowering the thermostat will cool my home quicker

Here’s one of the more counter-intuitive entries on our list.

You might think that cranking down the thermostat will quickly cool your home.

In fact, this won’t do much of anything.

The truth is AC or heating will always operate at about the same speed.

All changing the setting is going to do is waste energy.

This is because the AC or heating will have to work significantly harder to change the temperature, and in turn, use more energy.

Set your thermostat to an efficient temperature and leave it there.

Read More: 15 other ways you can save on your energy costs this winter!

5 – You can’t insulate an old home

We’ve saved the most ridiculous one for last.

Some people maintain that if you own an old home you shouldn’t get it insulated because it’s not cost effective.

This is about as close to utter nonsense as it is possible to be.

Not only is it not true, it’s also somewhat dangerous.

What’s so bad about a lack of insulation? 

It can cause everything from illness to even death.

Not to mention no-one likes sitting around in the cold during the winter.

Getting your home insulated, regardless of how old it might be, is an essential move.

Less heat will escape from your home in the winter, and you’ll keep cool in the summer.

Read more: Learn more about energy efficiency here

Bonus Myth: You Can’t Do Much About High Prices

There are a few things you can do.

For starters calling the friendly team here at Electricity Monster.

No-one wants to pay through the nose for their power.

So make sure you give Electricity Monster a call today.

We’ve helped over 30,000 Australians just like you find sharper rates on their electricity.

Myths are one thing, but the high prices many Australians have been subjected to are a reality.

Using an Electricity Broker to find you an electricity plan, can help you save money.

Call us on 1300 232 848 today!

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