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Use A Ceiling Fan

Ceiling fans are electric fans that hang from the ceiling.

Ceiling Fans consume as little energy as a 60 watt light bulb. This is about 98% less than what most central air conditioners use. Fans use air currents that carry heat away from the skin. During the summer months, set the motor of the ceiling fan to run counter-clockwise.

Ceiling fans can help you save energy and money during the winter as well as the summer. During the winter, set the motor of the ceiling fan to run clockwise. The clockwise direction will push warm air caught near the ceiling to lower parts of the room so you can feel it. This works best when the fan is set to a low speed. The energy saved using this method can be considerable. In some rooms, the temperature of the air near the ceiling is 15 degrees hotter than the air near the floor. An efficient ceiling fan can reduce this disparity in heat temperature to 3 degrees.

If you plan to buy a ceiling fan:

  • Look for the energy star symbol. Ceiling fans that bear the energy stary symbol circulate an average of 15% more air than other ceiling fans.
  • Consider a fan that has multiple speeds.
  • Consider a fan that is reversible.
  • Contact your local city resources to see if your purchase qualifies for a rebate.
  • Shop during off season times or when a store is having a big sale.
  • If you do not install the ceiling fan, contact an electrician who Is certified green.

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