The Fermi-Löwdin orbital self-interaction correction (FLOSIC) formalism is a novel method for implementing the Perdew-Zunger self-interaction correction (PZ-SIC) in density functional theory calculations. In this paper we consider how the use of Fermi orbitals affects total energies and other calculated properties compared to a standard approach to PZ-SIC that utilizes the localization equation conditions. We directly compare the results of the two methods using identical basis sets and numerical techniques in calculations for isolated atoms up to Kr and for a large test set of molecules. We find differences in total energies that increase with increasing atomic number and show that these differences can be traced to a less negative SIC correction for the 1s orbital in FLOSIC. Importantly, energies for highest occupied orbitals and molecular atomization energies are nearly identical in the two methods.