By: Jill Vohr
Today, September 18th is the first annual National Ceiling Fan Day. If this is the first time you’re hearing about this, it’s probably because it is the first of its kind – but that doesn’t mean that it’s too late to take part. Ceiling Fan Day is brought to us by one of our ENERGY STAR partners, Fanimation, with support from the American Lighting Association and the U.S. Green Building Council, among others, as well as EPA ENERGY STAR.
National Ceiling Fan Day invites everyone to join the fight to reduce energy consumption by turning off their central cooling systems and relying on ceiling, floor, desk and wall fans to save trillions of kilowatt hours of energy consumption. Studies published by Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that 94 million of the 113.6 million residential homes in the United States use air conditioning equipment, and 110.1 million use space heating equipment. Using ceiling fans instead of air conditioning – or with less air conditioning – is an effective way to save energy since ceiling fans use significantly less energy than air conditioning.
EPA ENERGY STAR supports National Ceiling Fan Day to encourage energy savings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with climate change. We also invite everyone to save even more energy on this day by using an ENERGY STAR certified fan. Ceiling fans that have earned the ENERGY STAR label are 60% more efficient than conventional fans. But remember to turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. Ceiling fans cool people, not the room.
So, give National Ceiling Fan day a whirl – pun intended – and turn off your air conditioning and turn on your ENERGY STAR certified ceiling fan today. You might be surprised how comfortable you can be, not only with the temperature, but also knowing you are helping protect the climate.
Jill Vohr is the Director of Marketing for the ENERGY STAR Labeling Branch.