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Craig Muccio runs FPL's Conservation Research & Development Program and crunches the numbers to figure out how you can save by managing your energy use.
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Asked on: May 26, 2015 by Jodie S., Naples
Do ceiling fans help me reduce my A/C costs?
Ceiling fans can help you reduce your cooling costs because they allow you to set your A/C thermostat higher and still feel comfortable. The breeze increases the evaporation of moisture from your skin making you feel cooler than you would without it.
However, there’s a catch. Ceiling fans cool people, but they don’t lower the temperature in the room. So, you’ll waste money, not save, if you leave them on when no one is around. By the way, the same advice applies to portable fans, like standing floor fans. Turning off a ceiling fan when you leave a room instead of letting it run all the time can help you save from $3 to $7 a month, depending on fan speed. There’s always a little extra electricity involved in turning on the fan again when you need it. However, the amount used is minimal. It’s always better to turn off the fan when you’re not in the room.
Other tips for saving this summer
During Florida’s hot summer months, in particular, your A/C works overtime to keep your home cool. Even if you never change the settings on your thermostat, as the days get longer and hotter, your A/C needs to run longer to keep you comfortable. Ultimately, the higher the temperature is outside the higher your energy costs can be.
But, we can help you find ways to make your bill lower. View our Summer Savings Tips to find ways to save energy and money. Also, my colleague shows you the ideal temperature to set your thermostat for maximum savings. As you’ll learn, every degree makes a difference.
Have a cooling-related question I haven’t answered? Here are some additional resources that might be helpful:
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