Reducing energy consumption is something everyone can support. One small way to do your part is to participate in the first National Ceiling Fan Day on September 18.
Chamber member Fanimation, a recent honoree in the Indiana Companies to Watch program (BizVoice magazine coverage), is leading the effort. Everyone is asked to turn off those central cooling systems and utilize fans of all types (ceiling, floor, desk, wall).
The company has more in this blog post. Also, the Chamber shared the following facts in a previous post:
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. Studies published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend using ceiling fans to reduce or eliminate the need to use air conditioning because ceiling fans consume significantly less electricity.
If every American turned off their air conditioning for one day and utilized only ceiling, floor, desk or wall fans the U.S. would save over three trillion kilowatt hours of energy consumption!
Energy consumption (data published by General Electric): Electric furnace: 17,221 watts; Central air: 5,000 watts; Ceiling fan: 30 watts
Monthly energy cost (based on 15 cents/kilowatt hour): Electric furnace @ 5 hrs/day: $392.85; Central air @ 5 hrs/day: $114.06; Ceiling fan @ 24 hrs/day: $3.30
While many homes have ceiling fans, its possible homeowners don't often think about their importance. Our friends at Fanimation in Zionsville are hosting a party on August 17 to celebrate ceiling fan awareness, and have passed along some critical facts you should consider when it comes to keeping your home cool:
On August 17, 2013, Fanimation is hosting an awareness party to promote the first annual National Ceiling Fan Day to be held on September 18, 2013. The purpose of the day is to educate the American public about the benefits of ceiling fan usage. Studies published by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommend using ceiling fans to reduce or eliminate the need to use air conditioning because ceiling fans consume far less electricity. Many Fanimation ceiling fans consume 30-50 watts during operation while air conditioning systems can use upwards of 5,000 watts. If every American turned off their air conditioning for one day and utilized fans for their cooling needs, the United States would save over three trillion kilowatt hours of energy consumption…
The National Ceiling Fan Day Awareness Party is a free event held at Fanimation’s headquarters and is open to the public. Fanimation has organized fun activities for all ages. There will be live music, prizes, vintage cars and bicycles on display, free food catered by Dashboard Diner, a caricaturist and a Kids Zone with bicycle helmet fittings, energy awareness activities and face painting. Attendees are also welcome to tour Fanimation’s antique fan museum located on site. The party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 10983 Bennett Pkwy Zionsville, IN 46077.
President of Fanimation, Nathan Frampton says, “Fanimation hopes to inspire the public to turn down their air conditioners and turn on their fans. They will notice immediate impacts on their electricity bills and they will also help the environment.” He adds, “We as a society have grown dependent on air conditioners, we use them in our cars and then continue relying on them at home. America’s increased reliance on central air and the escalating cost of energy inspired Fanimation to initiate the first annual National Ceiling Fan Day on September 18, 2013.”
Also, here are some key facts to keep in mind:
For more information on ceiling fans or if you're interested in purchasing one, contact Fanimation business development manager Teal Cracraft at [email protected].