I don’t know about you, but I love the show, MythBusters (and I miss it dearly now that I don’t have cable). You can learn an awful lot about science on that show. If you watch the right episodes, you can also learn about how to save money.
I was able to come up with 5 frugal-minded myths which were tested on MythBusters. Most of them are related to fuel economy, but I thought they were all worth noting. Read on to find out more about those myths.
Myth #1: Temporarily leaving a light on is more energy efficient than turning it off and back on.
Claim: Light bulbs require a large surge of energy to be turned on so it’s best to just leave them on.
Result: Busted! The power surge created by turning a light on was equal to the amount of power used by leaving a light on for only a few seconds.
Money-Saving Tip: Turn those lights off when they are not being used!
Myth #2: A dirty car is more fuel efficient than a clean car.
Claim: The dirt acts like the dimples of a golf ball and makes the car more aerodynamic.
Result: Busted! The clean car was more fuel efficient than the dirty car.
Money-Saving Tip: Wash your car regularly.
Myth #3: It is more fuel efficient to drive with your pickup truck’s tailgate down.
Claim: Driving with the tailgate up will create more drag, and thus use more fuel.
Result: Busted! In fact, the opposite is true. A closed tailgate actually creates a vortex of air in the bed of the truck which allows air to pass by it more smoothly causing less drag and better fuel economy.
Money-Saving Tip: Keep those tailgates up!
Myth #4: Running the air conditioning in your car is more fuel efficient that driving with the windows down.
Claim: Driving with the windows down creates drag that reduces fuel economy so it’s better to leave the windows up and run the A/C.
Result: Partially confirmed! The results of this myth differ depending on how fast you are going. The MythBusters found that it was more fuel efficient to leave the windows down if traveling less than 50 mph. The opposite is true if traveling over 50 mph.
Money-Saving Tip: Speed demons, keep that A/C blazing and the windows up. Grandma, turn that A/C off and roll the windows down.
Myth #5: You can improve fuel economy by adding acetone to your gas tank.
Claim: Acetone aids in the complete vaporization of fuel, resulting in less wasted fuel and thus, better gas mileage.
Result: Busted! Adding acetone actually decreases fuel economy.
Money-Saving Tip: Don’t spend money on acetone in an effort to get better gas mileage. It’s a lose-lose situation.
If you would like more information about other myths which have been tested, please visit MythBustersResults.com. That’s where I found all the information for this post.
Can you think of any other money-saving tips you’ve learned from MythBusters? If so, leave a comment and let others know!