Whether you’re using ceiling fans to save money on your energy bills or to help save the planet, you’ll make an even bigger impact both ways if you combine your ceiling fans with a programmable thermostat.
The average winter heating bill for December through March 2011 was more than $2,500, a 10 percent increase over the previous year. Who knows how high your bills will go this winter? But when used properly, a ceiling fan can make a significant difference.
For each degree you lower your thermostat you can save one percent of your heating bill, every eight hours. Want to save even more money? Use a programmable thermostat and reduce your energy costs by more than 15 percent.
Set the blades to rotate counter-clockwise and use the following thermostat settings:
- 6:00 AM – Program your thermostat for 70 degrees or less. You’ve been snuggled up in bed all night and now you’re up and moving around. It’s time to start warming up for the day ahead.
- 8:00 AM – Program your thermostat for 62 degrees or less. Chances are nobody’s home, everybody’s at work or at school. Go ahead and lower the temperature.
- 6:00 PM – Program your thermostat back up to 70 degrees or less. Everybody’s home now and you need a little more heat.
- 10:00 PM – Program your thermostat for 62 degrees or less. Back to that warm, cozy bed, so turn the thermostat back down.
These settings might seem pretty low compared to what you normally use. But your ceiling fan will keep the warm air circulating throughout the room, instead of just letting it all pile up at the ceiling. You’ll immediately feel warmer and more comfortable, even though you have your thermostat set lower than you normally would.
Because of the wind chill effect created by a ceiling fan you can set your thermostat as high as 82 degrees and you’ll feel just as cool as if you had it set at 76 degrees with no fan at all.
Remember, a ceiling fan doesn’t actually cool the air. It makes you feel cooler because the air circulating over your skin dries the perspiration, carrying the heat away from your body. Save energy and turn the fan off whenever you leave the room.
Set the blades to rotate clockwise and use the following thermostat settings:
- 6:00 AM – Program your thermostat for 78 degrees or higher. This will make your house cool and comfortable for the perfect start to your day.
- 8:00 AM – Program your thermostat for 85 degrees or higher. Again, everybody’s leaving the house for the day. No sense in wasting that air conditioning while no one’s there to enjoy it.
- 6:00 PM – Program your thermostat back up to 78 degrees or higher. Now that everyone’s back home you can lower your setting to 78 degrees and with your ceiling fans it feels like 72 – the ideal room temperature.
- 10:00 PM – Program your thermostat for 82 degrees or higher. The sun’s down, the house is cooler, and with your ceiling fan you’ll have a nice breeze to cool the room while you sleep.
If you follow these simple tips you will save money of your electricity bills all year round and that can only be a good thing!