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Old 02-20-2009, 07:56 PM - Thread Starter
 
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and a tiny brag!

In November 2008, the average temperature was 38 degrees. My gas bill was 740 dollars, keeping the house at 68 degrees. So we put some plastic on the windows and hoped for the best.

December 2008, the average temperature was 26 degrees. With the plastic, we kept the house at 68 degrees and managed to get the bill down to 675 dollars. DH still wasn't happy. So he turned on the ceiling fans and reversed them, and put box fans on any high spot that could handle them, mostly bureau tops.

January 2009 was the ninth coldest on record, with only 3 days having a high temp above freezing. I was cold and sick so we kept the heat at about 70 and.....the gas bill was down to 260!!!!! ::

I'm probably spewing old news here, but having fans on REALLY DOES WORK! I thought that if there was any decrease, it would be about 15 or 20 dollars, but it did a whole world of good! Stop heating your ceilings and save some money!

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Old 02-20-2009, 08:06 PM
 
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This is a really good tip and it does work to spread the hot air around. We run our ceiling fans year round, reversing as the seasons change. We're on a total 12 payment, same payment every month, and that is $115.
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Wow!!! That is amazing. : I was just thinking about getting fans again when I read Beakman & Jax (from the comics) to my kids today. I wonder if you have to have high ceilings to make a big difference.
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Wow! I had no idea it could make THAT much of a difference. Off to figure out how to switch the direction of our fans...

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Which direction should they be spinning for heat? I always forget this every year. Is it counter-clockwise?

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you want it clockwise in winter.
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