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Weekly Eco-Tip (July 17/18, 2010)

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.

The Benefits

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.

Wanna Try?

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


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