Power Myths Exposed

There are a range of myths about power consumption that need to be debunked:

 

1. Household carbon pollution is miniscule compared to that of businesses.

Households consume around one third of the electricity generated in NSW each year. The power needed to supply each home results in 3.7 tonnes of carbon being emitted into the atmosphere.

2. Appliances don’t use power when switched off.

Appliances continue to use power until they are switched off at the socket. This standby power can increase a power bill by up to 10%.

3. A home can be cooled faster by lowering the thermostat.

The thermostat should be set to between 23 and 26 degrees in summer. Lowering it will not make the house cool faster. It will just make the fan run for longer and increase the power bill by up to 10% per additional degree.

4. Draughts will not affect the home power bill.

In winter, draughts can increase power costs by up to 25%. It’s important to seal doors and windows effectively to prevent this.

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