The Upper Green Side Weekly Eco-Tip for July 17/18, 2010
(Available at the 92nd and 82nd St Greenmarkets, and archived online.)
With hot weather looming, are you looking for new ways to keep cool on the cheap? String together a plan to stimulate your pocketbook, air circulation, and energy savings simply by making sure your ceiling fan’s set to run counterclockwise.
Unbelievable bill savings. You’ll save up to 40% on A/C in the summer and 10% on heating in the winter by managing air flow with a ceiling fan (that’s up to $10/month)
More energy for drinking lemonade. Most ceiling fans use only about as much power as a 100-watt incandescent bulb.
Comfier setting. Running your fan counterclockwise in summer directs air downward and creates a breeze; in the winter, running it clockwise will force cold air upward and warm air down to you.
Set Your Blade Direction – counterclockwise in the summer and clockwise in the winter
Gossamer Wind Ceiling Fan – this is an Energy Star fan you can get at Home Depot under the Hampton Bay label ($169)
Energy Star – visit the Energy Star website for a list of fans that are 50% more efficient than conventional fans