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Energy Make Over Contest

Energy Makeover Contest

"12 MONTH CHALLENGE TO SAVE MONEY AND WIN BIG"

Most Americans have a least one ceiling fan in their home. Ceiling fans help our indoor life feel more comfortable. They are a decorative addition to our homes and, if used properly, can help lower energy costs. Ceiling fans add year-round value. Many people are unaware that ceiling fans can also be used to circulate warm air during the cooler months. Tips for making the most of your ceiling fan:

Flip the Switch – Most ceiling fans have a switch near the blades. In warm months, flip the switch so that the blades operate in a counter clockwise direction to produce a “wind chill” effect. In winter, move the switch so the fan blades rotat 
clockwise creating an updraft. Regardless of the season, try operating the fan on its lowest setting.

Adjust your Thermostat – In the summer, while using a ceiling fan in conjunction with an air conditioner, the draft makes the room feel cooler allowing you to raise the thermostat three to five degrees without any reduction in comfort. This saves money since a fan is less costly to run than an air conditioner. In the winter, you can lower your thermostat’s set point by the same amount. Ceiling fans push the warm air from the ceiling back down toward the living space making your furnace turn on less frequently.

Choose the Right Size – Make sure your ceiling fan is the right size for the room. A fan that is 36-44 inches in diameter can cool rooms up to 225 square feet and up to 54 inches can cool up to 400 square feet.

Select an Energy Star Model – If you are in the market to purchase a new ceiling fan, an energy star model can be up to 40% more efficient that conventional models according to energystar.gov. They also have improved motor and blade designs along with the latest in efficient technology. Choose the appropriate mounting system and select a fan rated for your purpose—indoor/outdoor, dry/wet locations.

Turn it Off – When the room is unoccupied, turn the fan off. Fans are intended to add comfort to people– not rooms.
 

This month’s challenge: If you have a ceiling fan in your home,
check the switch near the blades to see if they are rotating counter clockwise for
the air conditioning season. You’ll want to change the direction for the winter
season. If you are in the market for a new ceiling fan to help save energy costs
year round, purchase an Energy Star model



ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN ENERGY STAR HOME DECORATORS COLLECTION LED INDOR CEILING FAN ($120 VALUE)!   Please complete the entry form and hit submit.

One entry per member.

Challenge Month entry must be received by June 30th to be eligible for the drawing.

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