by Don Brodderick
(Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Another aspect of your home that you can save some money on is theceiling fan. Most homes have these installed throughout them. If you do not, consider adding them. Most of the time, they are not too costly, and can even be found quite inexpensively.
You can save a great deal of money with ceiling fans if they are used right.
In the summer, use your ceiling fan in a counterclockwise direction. Allowing it to spin this way will keep air moving. Moving air feels cooler and therefore you will not need to use your air conditioning as much. In addition, it will help to keep the air moving and keep the thermostat set higher. The air conditioning units in homes will use a great deal more energy then that of a ceiling fan.
But, in the winter, you should use them as well. In this case, have them spin at their lowest setting and in reverse (clockwise) so as to push the hot air that rises from the ceiling down onto the working area of your home.
At the lowest setting, it will not cause a breeze in your home either but will keep the furnace from having to be set too low during the winter months.
In the coming chapters, we will talk more about other elements in your home that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to energy efficiency.
There is no doubt that you may be thinking that covering your pipes and keeping your hot water tank insulated are going to cost you somemoney. That is true. In fact, you may find yourself spending a couple of dollars and investing some time in making sure that those things are happening.
Yet, the benefits of doing these things with these units in your home are definite. There is not doubt that you can keep your energy costs down by investing a little money in these projects.
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