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Ceiling Fan energy saving tips - The heating and cooling appliances typically use the most energy in a home or small business. More than 40% of most energy bills are spent running heating and air conditioning appliances. These heating / cooling appliances can indirectly put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and generate sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide (the main ingredients for acid rain). By using more efficient appliances such as geothermal heat pumps and solar water heaters you can help reduce the amount of emissions released into the atmosphere

One of the best ways to help cool down your house or business is by using ceiling Fans. Ceiling fans circulate the air, moving cooler air to areas that may be warmer that others, like in front of windows and some appliances. Not to mention that moving air, whether it's been cooled by an air conditioner or not, helps keep people comfortable. By placing ceiling or stand-alone fans you should be able to raise the settings on your thermostat by several degrees. This will add to your savings at the end of the month. Ceiling fans may not be the most decorative items you can have but with some careful searching for the right one you can save money down the road.

Room temperature is 72 degrees, and although in the summer it feels more comfortable to have it below 70 it does come at a cost. Setting your thermostat between 72 and 78 degrees during the summer can dramatically reduce your annual cooling costs. To help lower energy usage the thermostat temperature should be raised when the home or business in empty. Most business set the thermostat to automatically increase the temperature during the evening hours and cool back down in time to open. The same should be done for the home. Raise the temperature when the house is empty and cool it back down when occupied. This should be done when the home or business is not occupied for several hours.

The air compressor portion (or the outside portion) should be cleared of any bushes and dust to get the maximum airflow possible. If possible keep the air compressor out from direct sun light and clean (or have cleaned) the coils annually. Also checking your air filters every month is a good idea. HVAC filters should also be checked often. Dirty filters should be either cleaned or replaced (check with the manufacture for additional information). All this work may seem like a lot, but it doesn't take much time to do at all. A little maintenance now will significantly decrease your annual costs.

The Green House Effect is when the sun's rays enters a building and heats it up without the ability to escape. This causes the building to heat up considerably. Windows and glass doors that face the east or west that are not shaded can be susceptible to this. In order to reduce the effect of the sun's rays it would be a good idea to install window tint or sunscreen on the windows and/or doors to help reduce cooling costs. Not as effective but still useful are drapes and shades for the interior of the building. A good tree or bush to help block the suns rays can also help a lot but it may take some time before you would see the benefits.