Listen Up: Ten Energy Saving Myths

With energy prices changing so quickly — and new technologies ramping up into the marketplace — the "conventional wisdom" about energy is often wrong. I've been as guilty as other people when it comes to trusting emotions and public opinion about energy, as opposed to real math and science.

See if you can guess the answer to these ten simple questions:

  1. Are electric cars cheaper than gas cars?
  2. Is rooftop solar expensive?
  3. Will you save money if you buy new energy saving appliances?
  4. Will gas prices stay low?
  5. Is solar for no money down a good investment?
  6. Are LED bulbs expensive?
  7. Do electric utilities like customer energy efficiency?
  8. Is clean coal cost effective?
  9. Is nuclear power the best baseload power source?
  10. Has energy efficiency reduced our per capita energy usage?

If you answered "yes" to ANY of these questions, I suggest you listen up to this week's Energy Show on Renewable Energy World. The conventional wisdom is wrong — and all of these energy saving ideas are myths.

About The Energy Show

As energy costs consume more and more of our hard-earned dollars, we as consumers really start to pay attention. But we don't have to resign ourselves to $5/gallon gas prices, $200/month electric bills and $500 heating bills. There are literally hundreds of products, tricks and techniques that we can use to dramatically reduce these costs — very affordably.

The Energy Show on Renewable Energy World is a weekly 20-minute podcast that provides tips and advice to reduce your home and business energy consumption. Every week we'll cover topics that will help cut your energy bill, explain new products and technologies in plain English, and cut through the hype so that you can make smart and cost-effective energy choices. 

About Your Host

Barry Cinnamon is a long-time advocate of renewable energy and is a widely recognized solar power expert. In 2001 he founded Akeena Solar — which grew to become the largest national residential solar installer by the middle of the last decade with over 10,000 rooftop customers coast to coast. He partnered with Westinghouse to create Westinghouse Solar in 2010, and sold the company in 2012.

His pioneering work on reducing costs of rooftop solar power systems include Andalay, the first solar panel with integrated racking, grounding and wiring; the first UL listed AC solar panel; and the first fully “plug and play” AC solar panel. His current efforts are focused on reducing the soft costs for solar power systems, which cause system prices in the U.S. to be double those of Germany.

Although Barry may be known for his outspoken work in the solar industry, he has hands-on experience with a wide range of energy saving technologies.  He's been doing residential energy audits since the punch card days, developed one of the first ground-source heat pumps in the early ‘80s, and always abides by the Laws of Thermodynamics.

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