With the recent worldwide trend of going green, more and more sources are beginning to talk about energy efficiency. Unfortunately, what they say may not always be true. Here are four common myths and misconceptions about energy efficiency, and the facts behind them:

Myth: Energy efficiency is only for newer buildings.

Fact: Older buildings can become energy-efficient, too. In fact, it’s easier for older buildings to improve their energy-efficiency because there is so much room for improvement. Common energy-efficient upgrades that work well in older facilities include improving insulation, upgrading light bulbs, and servicing the HVAC system.

Myth: Electrical devices do not use any energy when they are turned off.

Fact: Most electrical devices continue to draw power even when they are not on. This is called “phantom energy consumption” and can significantly impact your energy bill. It is not enough to simply turn a device off, you should unplug it from the outlet to ensure it does not use any energy.

Myth: Energy efficiency is expensive.

Fact: Energy efficiency is an investment, not an expense. While it is true that many energy-efficient upgrades cost money up front, they can pay for themselves over time with the savings they provide. Short-sightedness prevents many business owners from making upgrades that could actually save them money in the long-run.

Myth: Only large businesses can benefit from energy management systems.

Fact: Energy management systems can help any business – big or small. Electro Industries helped pioneer the power monitoring industry more than 40 years ago, and our instruments are currently installed in buildings around the world. Our customers vary in industry, company size, and location, but they all have one thing in common: they are saving money with their EMS.

Want to learn how an energy management system can help your business save? Call Electro Industries at 866-928-7908.