Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Use of Ceiling Fans In the Winter Months

During the winter months, those of us in colder climates spend a lot of money heating their homes.  Furnaces run constantly, raising the gas bill. 

Ceiling fans can help.  Hot air rises.  A ceiling fan (running clockwise) that pushes the hot air "back down" can help recirculate heated air that is otherwise, on it's way out of your home.

Most ceiling fans use no more electricity than a 100 watt lightbulb.  Studies have shown that this technique can improve your heating efficiency by as much as 10%. 

Ceiling fans can be purchased at most hardware stores and big box stores, such as Lowes, Sears, or Home Depot for anywhere from $40 to $300.  They can also be purchased online at a site like Amazon.

Let's a family of four has three bedrooms, and a ceiling fan in each.  Assuming 100 watts per fan, $.09 per kwh, and around-the-clock use of the fans, as well as the following heating bills, we get :
In this example, we save almost $53 per year.


The Frugal Maestro

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