Use a ceiling fan rather than air conditioning
If you notice a summer increase in your utility bill, your air conditioning costs may be high. With the help of a ceiling fan, you can raise the thermostat setting on your air conditioning unit by 2°C and stay just as comfortable.
How it works:
The breeze created by a ceiling fan evaporates moisture from your skin to help you feel cooler. Turn the fan off if you're not in the room — there's no value to running it when no one's around.
- Turn on your fan.
- Turn down your AC. In order to realize savings from your ceiling fan, you need to turn down your air conditioner. You can save about 5% on air conditioning costs for every degree Celsius you raise your AC temperature.
- Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Turn fans off when the room is unoccupied.
What to look for:
- ENERGY STAR® label for higher energy efficiency
- Fan size appropriate for your room
- Reversible setting to use the fan in the winter
- Remote control for ease of use
Added benefits: A ceiling fan can also help push down heat, which naturally rises. You can use the reverse setting available on some fans to push down warm air during the colder months, saving you money on heating bills.
Go the extra mile: Install ceiling fans in the rooms you use the most to maximize AC savings while staying cool.