The new year is a time for making resolutions, and for many of us, saving energy inside the home is at the top of the list. And with good reason! It can help cut down on your monthly spend and reduce the number of carbon emissions in the environment. This can result in cleaner air quality and help sustain our precious natural resources.
But did you know that some green living strategies aren't as effective as you'd think? To set the record straight, we asked experts to poke holes in some common practices people use to conserve energy—and, well, they sure did.
Myth 1: Use portable electric space heaters instead of running your central heating
Why heat the whole house when you're just working (or sleeping) in one room? That's the conventional thinking that fuels this myth.
Many people erroneously believe that they can slash their heating costs by using an electric space heater. But "electric heating is the most expensive heating available,” says Chris Forbus, owner of Choice Air Care in Frisco, TX. “For example, running one small 1,500-watt space heater—just enough to heat a single room—might cost more than running a gas furnace for your entire house.” Whoa.
Myth 2: Leave the ceiling fan on to cool your home
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