5 Ceiling Fan Hacks to Help You Keep Cool & Save Energy

Used in conjunction with other energy-saving habits, these ceiling fan hacks can help you cut energy costs and stay comfortable during the District's warmest months.

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.

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