Energy Efficiency Myths | The Truth Behind The Myth

Myth: Leaving LED Lights On Is More Efficient Than Turning Them Off And Back On Again


This myth comes from the idea that the energy used to power up an LED light uses more energy than leaving the light on. This myth made its way into households when the popular Discovery Channel show Mythbusters decided to put it to the test.


The result? Busted.


They measured the energy used (by a number of common types of light bulbs) to turn the light on, maintenance while the light was on, and then to turn it off, compared to the energy used while a light was consistently left on. The result was, for all light bulb types, the energy surge used to turn the bulb on was not enough to justify leaving the lights on (unless you’ll be returning in less than 20 seconds).


You can see a full summary of the experiment here.


Myth: Electricity Can Be Created From Nothing


This energy myth is of the mindset that energy can be created.


The fact is that energy can be converted. Energy can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be transformed into a variant form of energy.


Backup generators are not creating electricity; they transform mechanical energy to electrical energy.


Myth: New Buildings Must Be Efficient


It may be true that better practices go into building some residential, commercial and industrial buildings, but that doesn’t mean the building runs efficiently. Most of what impacts the energy efficiency of a building is the way the building and the activities in it are managed.


The true efficiency of a building is tied to understanding an organization’s use of the building and how internal operations and processes have an impact on energy consumption. Empower yourself to become a stakeholder in your organization’s energy efficiency efforts.


Learn more about upcoming training and certification opportunities


Manitoba Hydro Place is a great example of a building that is managed well from an energy perspective. In fact, it is one of the most energy efficient and green office towers in North America.

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COVID-19 Information for CIET Fall 2020 Training Calendar – CIET Goes Virtual!

Last Updated: September 18, 2020


CIET Goes Virtual!

With more than 60 virtual real-time courses offered since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis under our belt, and based on feedback received from more than 600 participants, CIET is happy to inform that all public training sessions offered in the fall of 2020 will be delivered through virtual real-time classrooms.

This will allow everyone to continue accessing CIET training in a safe manner, which protects both our participants and our trainers, regardless of what happens in the fall. You can register for these virtual courses in confidence, knowing that they will provide the same quality of training that you expect from CIET. These real-time training sessions will be available to all participants across Canada, and abroad.




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