How I Spent $20 and Saved $720 and Also Helped the Environment

Guest Post by Marvin Woll:

Alright I know you are saying to yourself this must be some kind of joke or scam. Well it is neither one and I am going to tell you how you can do it too!

Your first step is to purchase a 20" box fan. Then either late at night(usually 11:00p.m) or early in the morning(usually 6:30a.m.) turn on the weather channel or your computer and see what the outside temperature is. If the temperature is 70 degrees or lower put the fan in the window, turn it to the high setting and either push air into or draw outside air through the house. If possible let the fan run for an hour. You will notice your thermostat fall by five degrees. If you have a two story house you can do this upstairs and downstairs. It only takes a minute to glance at the weather and put the fan in the window.

When I do this my main air conditioning unit does not come on until four or five in the evening instead of ten or eleven in the morning. My house is 1,800 square feet. I do this activity in the spring, summer and fall and my electric bill decreased to $100. Normally it is $180. I am able to do this for nine months out of the year. So as you can see 9 x $80 = $720!

But I have to be honest. We also set our thermostat at 79 degrees in the summer and 70 degrees in the winter. We use cfl's and turn our appliances off when they are not in use.

This fan technique has certainly saved us a lot of money. The money you save is your own! The Environment we save is our own!
Our thanks to Marvin for sending along these great tips. Relevant guest posts are always welcome- just e-mail me at tom.jensen@sierraclub-nc.org

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