(BPT) As the temperature gets higher, so do our energy bills! It costs US homeowners more than $11 billion a year to use an air conditioner and puts roughly 100 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. That’s an average of two tons per air conditioned home! Here’s how a fan can help change that.
By utilizing a circulating fan, you can not only use less energy but also help reduce carbon emissions. In the summer, moving air creates a wind chill effect. This can help cool occupants and allow the temperature of a room or home to be set higher. In addition, by using fans, you can cool the room you are in without wasting energy cooling rooms you don’t use.
Fans help cool occupants by enhancing evaporation from the skin. Similar to a cool breeze on a hot day, air circulation can make you feel more comfortable. They can allow you to adjust your thermostat 4 to 8 degrees higher, saving around 10 to 15 percent in cooling costs.
Other Ways To Save Energy:
- Inspect and Maintain your HVAC System
- Change Filters (see article “Change Your Air Filter Regularly“)
- Check Insulation and Building Leaks
- Consider upgrading your HVAC system if it is over 20 years old. Newer technology, combined with incentives can help reduce your energy bill significantly.