Go in the right direction.
Setting the fan's blades to spin counter-clockwise can help you feel cooler by creating a cool breeze. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that when using a ceiling fan and air conditioning unit simultaneously, you can raise your thermostat setting by 4 degrees with no change in comfort.
Upgrade your bulbs.
ENERGY STAR certified LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and come in a variety of types to fit every fixture. They also emit less heat, helping to maximize your comfort. Get yours for as low as $0.95 at DCSEU participating retailers.
Remember to turn it off.
Turn fans on only when you’re home and using the rooms in which they’re located. Ceiling fans don’t cool rooms; they cool your skin through a wind-chill effect. Leaving a ceiling fan on unattended will only add to energy waste.
Choose the right fan for your space.
If you're buying a new ceiling fan, make sure the size of the fan is appropriate for the room — otherwise, you’ll pay more for the fan itself and use more energy than necessary to power it. A 44-inch fan is most common, and is about right for an average-sized bedroom or kitchen. A bigger, 50- to 54-inch fan is better suited to large living rooms or great rooms. For a small bedroom, a 36- to 40-inch fan should suffice.
Look for the ENERGY STAR.
When it comes time to replace or add a new ceiling fan, don't forget to look for the ENERGY STAR label. ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fans/light combination units are 60% more efficient than conventional ceiling fan/light units. Improved motors and blade designs ensure these models deliver exceptional features, while using less energy.