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October 29, 2009

Turn Up Your Fan This Winter

CeilingFan In honor of tomorrow’s National Weatherization Day, here’s a great tip for saving energy: turn down the heater while cranking up the ceiling fan.

It may seem counterintuitive, but Hunter Fan’s Look Up campaign says turning your ceiling fan clockwise while your heater runs helps distribute the heat that gets trapped near the ceiling. That way, your room gets heated more sufficiently and you won’t need to run your heater on full blast.

If you don’t own a fan, you can save energy by wearing warmer clothes and snuggling under blankets while at home.

Look Up explains that about 58.3 million homes are heated with natural gas. If half of those reduced their energy by just 10 percent, it would be the carbon-savings equivalent of removing more than 16,000 cars from the road for a year.

Want to learn more ways to save energy?  Read about retrofitting your home.

--Julie Littman

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