There are a lot of stupid things spinning around, particularly on the internet.
On the energy side, one piece of advice that always annoys me is to ‘reverse your ceiling fan in winter’ because it is supposed to circulate the warm air back to you faster, or something like that.
That piece of nonsense and many others have been debunked by Massachusetts’ own Michael Blasnik, an efficiency expert with a penchant for actual statistics rather than feel-good ideas. If you ever have a chance to see him speak, take it – he’s fun, funny, engaging and a brilliant repository of energy information.
Despite a lack of data I still disagree with at least one of Blasnik’s myths (putting a lid on a pot of boiling water simply makes sense to me) but instead let’s focus on a few of the things he says you should do, that don’t require hiring anybody:
- Lower your thermostat setting.
- Set back the thermostat when you’re not home.
- Unplug second refrigerators and freezers.
- Make sure your furnace blower isn’t on all the time. (It should be set to “auto,” not “on.”)