Your lighting choice does make a difference
Myth: “Energy efficient light bulbs won’t make a big difference on your electric bill.”
Fact: Energy efficient LED light bulbs WILL save you money! In fact, incandescent light bulbs use more than 4 times the amount of energy for the same brightness as LED light bulbs. For outside, consider using solar lights when you are just looking for a small amount of light to illuminate a path.
Myth: “Halogen lighting is super energy efficient.”
Fact: Halogen lights require transformers that use extra energy even when the light is off. While halogen lights do use less energy than incandescent lights, the winner really is fluorescent lighting, which is three times more efficient than halogen lighting.
Myth: “Setting the thermostat significantly higher or lower will heat up or cool down your home faster.”
Fact: No matter what temperature you set your thermostat, your furnace or boiler will work equally as hard and fast to meet that goal. The only difference achieved by setting the temperature to a higher degree is that the system will work for a longer period of time and use more energy. The same applies to air conditioners when set to a lower temperature than desired. Another downfall of setting the heat higher is that eventually the air conditioner may kick on to cool the room back down to your actual desired temperature.