British Gas says that are plenty of tricks that we hear about to help save energy, but do they really work? The company aims to bust the famous energy myths once and for all.
Using electricity at night is cheaper:
Unless your home is fitted with an Economy 7 or Economy 10 meter, this is not the case. You will know if you have one of these special meters because it will have a low and normal rate. If not, you will be charged the same rate both day and night.
It’s cheaper to keep your heating on all the time on a low setting:
This actually wastes heat! The most efficient thing to do is set your heating to a timer or use a room thermostat to turn it off when it is not needed.
It’s cheaper to use a gas heater in one room than heat your whole home:
Gas fires burn gas constantly, so central heating with a room thermostat is better for saving energy. It will turn your heating on and off in order to maintain a constant temperature.
Turning your boiler down always saves you money:
This is and isn’t true. If you don’t have a room thermostat, you should keep it as low as you are comfortable with. If you do, it’s best to keep your boiler turned up high so it will heat quicker, then let the thermostat turn it on and off for you.
Leaving chargers plugged in but switched off still uses energy:
This is true, so if the charger is warm the best thing to do is unplug it.
Screensavers use energy:
Screensavers are a programme that your computer is running, so best to switch it off completely or put it in sleep mode.