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Money Saving Tips – Ceiling Fans

June 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Lighting Tips

As we all know, there are ways to save money by replacing light bulbs with new, energy efficient ones and conducting certain home improvements that might even qualify you for a tax credit or rebate (To find an energy-saving rebate in your area, click here). However, I would like to take this a step further… Have you ever thought about using Ceiling Fans to reduce your energy costs?

Here are some ideas for your current Ceiling Fans:

  • In the SUMMER months, run your current ceiling fan in a counter-clockwise direction.  The fan will cool the room, by blowing cool breezes down towards the floor.
  • In the WINTER months, do the opposite.  Run your fan in a clockwise direction to direct the wind up towards the ceiling.  This will re-circulate the heat trapped near the ceiling and push it towards the ground below.

Both of these techniques will save money on air conditioning and heating bills by more efficiently using the air that you are already paying for—causing your air conditioning and heating systems to run less frequently.

Looking to upgrade your Ceiling Fans?

If you are interested in upgrading your ceiling fan, I might suggest looking into the Monte Carlo Extreme Green DC powered ceiling fans.  These fans run on a direct current versus an alternating current—which means the fan runs more efficiently.

Monte Carlo Versio Roman & Iberian Bronze 60-Inch DC Ceiling Fan with Remote and Light Kit – $399

Monte Carlo Versio Roman & Iberian Bronze 60-Inch DC Ceiling Fan with Remote and Light Kit Using your current fan, or upgrading to a DC powered fan… Calculate the savings*:

  • The average 2,000 sq ft home has 3 fans and a 48,000 BTU air conditioning system.
  • The national average of summer days is 150, with an average utility cost of $0.15 per kilowatt-hour.
  • Assuming the above numbers, moving your thermostat from 78 to 80 degrees alone can decrease your annual summer cooling bills by $140-150.  Every degree above 80 degrees is an additional 10% savings.
  • Add a Monte Carlo Extreme Green DC powered ceiling fan, along with increasing your central air thermostat to 80 degrees, has the potential to save the average home up to $255 on their average annual summer cooling bill**!

* The above calculations are according to Monte Carlo and are for reference only.  Actual savings vary depending on the home’s location and overall energy-efficiency.

** Ceiling Fans should only be turned on when a room is occupied.

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