Use fans instead of AC
Fans help you stay cool while reducing your air conditioning costs. Since they are targeted to a specific area, they can be more cost effective than cooling your entire home.
How it works:
Consider combining fans and air conditioners to save money. Set your thermostat 2°C higher and use ceiling fans or portable fans to circulate cool air; this can reduce your air conditioning costs by 14%.
Fans don't actually cool a room – they cool the occupants by circulating air so turn them off when you leave a room to save even more energy.
- Use a ceiling fan to keep people in the room feeling cool.
- When you have the fan turned on, increase the thermostat to save money.
- Use other natural cooling strategies — including closing window coverings or using a natural cross-breeze — to increase your comfort level.
- Remember, fans cool people, not rooms. Unless they are being used to blow cool air in from outside, turn them off when the room is unoccupied.
- You can also use window fans to blow cooler air into your home overnight. This will lower the temperature and keep the air moving. During the day, remove the fans and close the windows to keep cool air inside.