One Energy Saving Myth that Can Actually Save you Money this Summer

By | June 19, 2015

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope you are well and have something marvelous planned for the weekend. To all of the dads out there, enjoy Father’s Day this Sunday!

This past week has been very hot and it’s not even officially summer yet! Luckily I like it hot, but even I needed to turn the air on for a bit. I learned something earlier this week that could potentially save money on this summer’s cooling bill. Maybe you already know about this, but just in case I’m not the only person in the world ignorant of this tip, I wanted to share.

I received an email newsletter from our electricity company detailing ways to stay cool and save on energy costs. I read through the list thinking there wasn’t anything they could tell me that I didn’t already know. Sure enough it included suggestions like using blinds or sheer drapes to let the light in while keeping the heat out, using an outdoor grill as to not heat up the house while cooking, using a programmable thermostat for the air conditioner, having movie nights in the basement where its cooler, and the requisite pitch for letting them check our units to make sure they are in optimal condition – complete with a coupon of course.

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Feeling a little smug I nearly missed the suggestion to flip the switch on our ceiling fan so that it runs in a counter clockwise direction. Apparently doing so will allow the average person to turn their thermostat up by four degrees without any noticeable difference in how cool it feels.

Really? I do use our ceiling fan during the summer but thought the whole turning stuff clockwise or counter clockwise was a myth. So I went searching for information explaining why this actually worked. Something about running it counter clockwise pulls the air down to cool it off and…zzzz.  I decided a real life test would be better, so I took note of how the room felt with the fan running in a clockwise direction. While I didn’t feel a strong breeze with it on, I could feel a difference when I turned it off.

Next I got a step ladder, located the switch on the fan (that I never knew existed) and flipped it so that it spun counter clockwise. I turned it on and wow, I had a windstorm going on! I had to hold onto the back of the sofa so I didn’t fly away. Okay, not really, but it was such an immediate, noticeable, difference that I was amazed.

The ultimate proof will be in the savings, so I will compare bills to last year month to month and at the end of the season. Until then, anecdotally at least, I definitely feel a difference.

Did you know about the counter clockwise tip? What summer cooling saving tips do you have? Let me know by replying to this email.

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