Looking for great ways to save energy?
Here are some very simple energy saving tips to follow when shopping for Lighting, Ceiling Fans and Gas Logs.
Saving Energy with Lighting
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in 2015, residential lighting consumed about 145 billion kWh, which equalled about 10% of total electricity used in homes for the year or 3.6% of the electricity used in the USA. Finding ways to reduce your consumption of electricity from lighting can affect about 10% of your electric bill (on average). Here are some tips on how to save energy with lighting:
- Consider replacing old incandescent fixtures with new Integrated LED lighting fixtures or replacing incandescent bulbs (and CFLs) with more efficient LED bulbs. This alone can save you over 50% on your lighting energy consumption. LED bulbs consume as much as 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. The price of LED bulbs has dropped dramatically over the least two years to a point where it makes sense to use them throughout the home. Even though LED bulbs still cost more than incandescent bulbs, they last up to 25 times longer and will cost you much less than buying 25 incandescent bulbs, making them a wise choice.
- Consider replacing non-efficient lighting with EnergyStar qualified lighting fixtures that meet government standards for saving energy.
- For Outdoor Lighting that you want to stay on all night, shop for lights with photoelectric sensors that will automatically turn them on at night and off during the day or motion sensors that automatically turn them on for a short period when they are needed.
- Consider adding motion sensors or timers to indoor lights as well.
- Use dimmers wherever possible to reduce the energy used in your fixtures.
- Turn off the light when you leave a room.
Saving Energy with Ceiling Fans
Most people do not realize how LITTLE electricity ceiling fans actually use, so here are the facts:
"DC motor ceiling fans cost less ONE DOLLAR PER MONTH to operate"
The average ceiling fan uses about 75 watts of electricity, which will cost you roughly a penny per hour to operate. The most energy efficient Ceiling Fans with DC motors use less than 24 watts, which costs roughly 3 tenths of a cent per hour or just 3 cents per day if you run them for 9 hours. Multiply that by 30 days and you can see it costs less than $1.00 to run a super efficient DC motor ceiling fan for an entire month. Yes, you read that correctly, it is not a typo...1 dollar per month!
"Running Central Air Costs up to 150 TIMES AS MUCH as a DC Ceiling Fan"
Central air can cost anywhere from $50 to $150 per month to operate, wich is up to 150 times as much as a DC motor ceiling fan. Just let that sink in...
So if you were to use ceiling fans to cool you off instead of your air conditioning, you could basically save $49 to $149 per month by not running your air conditioner. This is likely the single most significant way you can save energy in your home. However, during the hottest months, this is not usually practical because when it is too hot, ceiling fans may not be able to cool you off enough to keep you comfortable, so you want to use them to supplement your AC. Because ceiling fans make you feel cooler by creating a wind-chill effect, you can raise your thermostat a few degrees without sacrificing your level of comfort. Every degree you raise your thermostat can save you 1 to 3 percent on your AC bill. So if you raise your thermostat by 5 or 10 degrees, you could save as much as 30% on your cooling costs, which is quite significant. Keep in mind that you may have several ceiling fans throughout the house, but they still are costing you less than $1.00 per month to run if you have efficient DC motor ceiling fans.
Here are a few notable quotes:
"If you raise your thermostat by only two degrees and use your ceiling fan, you can lower cooling costs by up to 14 percent."
The EPA Blog:
"If you use air conditioning, a ceiling fan will allow you to raise the thermostat setting about 4°F with no reduction in comfort."
"Save: 1 - 3 percent per degree, for each degree the thermostat is set above 72 degrees."
Ceiling fans can be operated in both forward and reverse directions. Run your fan in forward (counterclockwise) during the summer to blow air directly down on you. This creates a wind-chill effect that makes you feel cooler and helps you save on your cooling costs. During the winter you want to destratisfy the air in your room by running your fan in reverse (clockwise) at a low speed. In reverse mode, the fan draws cooler air from the floor beneath the fan up toward the ceiling and gently pushes the warmer air from the ceiling out towards the walls and back to the floor level. Doing this at a low speed prevents the ceiling fan from creating a wind-chill effect. This can save you up to 10% on your heating bills by reducing the load on your heater.
More Ceiling Fan Energy Saving Tips:
- Ceiling Fans with DC Motors are up to 75% more efficient than typical ceiling fans.
- Ceiling fans do not lower the room temperature, they make you feel cooler by providing a wind-chill effect, so turn them off when you leave the room.
- Ceiling fan lights can use more power than the motor, so consider shopping for an LED Ceiling Fan if you need a fan with lights.
- Make sure your fan is running in the correct Ceiling Fan Direction for Summer and Winter.
- Useful Link: Cost to Operate a Ceiling Fan.
- Useful Link: Who Makes the Best Ceiling Fans.