Ex-president Jimmy Carter has become quite a divisive figure ever since his first and only term in office ended back in 1981. This is evidenced by the fact that he was notably not invited to give a speech at the recent Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado. When your own party disses you, you know you’re politically toxic.
Although many people believe Carter has been wrong about a lot of issues, he’s been undoubtedly right about one of the most important issues that faced Americans during his administration and that continues to bedevil us today: Our addiction to foreign oil. As a result, we’re paying through the roof to run our cars and to heat our homes.
In the wake of the Arab oil embargo in 1973, Carter famously donned a cardigan sweater and told Americans to turn down our thermostats, implying that we had to shiver out the winter. His heart was in the right place, but he was only half way right. He apparently didn’t know that you can have your cake and eat it too—simply turn on your ceiling fan in conjunction with turning down your thermostat and enjoy unheard of heating efficiency.
Posted by Caffeine Communications at 09/24/2008 05:45:11 PM |
|how much energy do i use by keeping the fan on vs how much i save by using the fan and thermostat together?|
Posted by: sunshine ( Email: ) at 11/2/2008 5:36 PM
|"The minimal cost of running a ceiling fan is offset greatly by the savings made possible when you set your thermostat higher in the summer and lower in the winter. By setting your AC to turn on at 78 degrees or higher in summer and setting your heat to turn on at 68 degrees or lower in winter, you can save as much as $500 per year on heating and cooling costs. The energy consumed by a ceiling fan can vary depending on its efficiency rating and use (how long it is left on and at what speed). Typically, an Energy Star-rated ceiling fan with a light kit used for 8 hours a day at a medium setting consumes about 270 KWh per year. Using the national average cost of electricity (8.9 cents, EIA 10/20), this amounts to $24.03 per year. Go to this link http://tiny.cc/RmOLY to use a calculator created by Energy Star to see other cost simulations."|
Posted by: Kelley for the LOOK UP campaign ( Email: ) at 11/2/2008 5:37 PM