As summer turns to fall, it’s likely that you’ll be able to open your windows to cool your home—but for much of the country, we’re not quite there yet. Until then, you might think about saving some dollars (and energy) by turning off the air conditioner and turning on the ceiling fans.
To this end, more than 20 ceiling fan manufacturers, the American Lighting Association (ALA) and leading energy conservation groups are asking everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and rely solely on ceiling, floor, desk, and wall fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours in the first annual National Ceiling Fan Day (NCFD) on September 18.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ceiling fans consume as few as 30 watts of electricity, while AC units can use more than 5,000 watts for the same amount of time. Additionally, using Energy Star-certified fans can cost as little as $1 per month instead of the almost $100 per month it takes to run the AC in a typical home.
In conjunction with NCFD, many fan retailers are offering discounts to consumers. For a list of ALA-member retailers, go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.
Initiated by fan manufacturer Fanimation, NCFD is supported by many additional ALA-member fan manufacturers, including Casablanca Fan Company; Craftmade; Emerson Ceiling Fans; Hunter Fan Company; Kichler; Matthews Fan Company; Minka-Aire; Monte Carlo Ceiling Fan Company; Progress Lighting; Quoizel; Quorum International; Regency Ceiling Fans; Savoy House; Sea Gull Lighting; The Modern Fan Co.; The Period Arts Fan Company; Vaxcel International; and Westinghouse Lighting, as well as The Home Depot; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; and ALA-member retail showrooms.
Many of the nation’s leading energy conservations groups are also on board, including, the U.S. Green Building Council; EPA’s Energy Star Program; Alliance to Save Energy; and Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, among others.
The purpose of NCFD is to bring national attention to escalating energy costs and consumption, and raise awareness about how ceiling fans can fit into an overall energy and cost-savings plan for homeowners.
Consider this: If every American were to participate in NCFD by turning off their AC for one day, and use fans instead, the United States would save enough energy to power the entire city of New York for months.
For more information about how you can save energy by using ceiling fans and for a list of ALA-member fan retailers and manufacturers, go to www.americanlightingassoc.com.