1. T or F? If you want to save energy the first things you should do are weatherstrip your doors and change your windows
False. Those are good things to do however our homes lose significant amounts of energy from area’s in the body of the home that most people are unaware of, such as: electrical fixtures, plumbing penetrations, windows, doors, electrical outlets, crawl spaces, attics, fireplaces.
2. T or F? Appliances use no energy when turned off
False. It is called "vampire” energy when our tv’s, computers, cell phones, etc. are plugged in, but not in use. They are still using energy. You can check out monitors from your local library that will tell you exactly how much each location is using.
3. T or F? Closing off vents and rooms will save energy
False.That would make sense, except it causes the furnace to work harder and can actually lessen the life of your furnace
4. T or F? Insulating the attic will make the home more energy efficient
True. Absolutely, but remember, if we don’t seal those penetrations first you are still throwing money away. Seal first, then add insulation.
5. T or F? Buying an energy efficient furnace or air-conditioner will automatically reduce energy use
False. Again, if you don’t seal and insulate properly, a new unit will still throw your money right outside the house.
6. T or F? To save money on energy requires expensive upgrades
False. Sealing is one of the easiest, least expensive upgrades you can make. On average most homes are leaking about 20% making this an easy, inexpensive way to create a more comfortable, efficient home.
7. T or F? If a ceiling fan is on, it will cool a room
False. Ceiling fans are great for moving air, but they don’t cool the air. In fact, from this infrared picture you can see it is actually adding heat to the room.
8. T or F? It takes less energy to boil water if you start with hot water in the pot
Trick Question. It takes the same amount of energy-the heat source is just different, either the hot water heater or the stove.
9. T or F? Taking a bath uses less energy and water than taking a shower
True. An average bath uses 9 gallons of hot water, an average shower consumes 12 gallons of hot water, according to the Department of Energy. Limit your shower time, use a low-flow shower head and you will save water and energy.
10. T or F? Energy efficiency doesn’t appeal to home buyers and doesn’t enhance a home’s future sales price
False. According to the Earth Advantage Institute (2011) existing homes with certifications sold faster and for more money see the LA Times Article