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Instead of air conditioning, use fans

Ceiling fans can be a useful helper or substitute for air conditioning even at the peak of summer. But as the temperatures of August become a memory, now might be a good time to turn off the A/C altogether and instead rely on an open window or ceiling fan.

**How this helps**

Your air conditioner is one of the biggest energy guzzlers in the house, and it consumes electricity at the worst time of day. Finding alternate means of cooling can have a big impact on your carbon footprint.

**More information**

The Energy Star web site has great information on how to select a ceiling fan.

**Related tips**

* Install an attic fan to draw hot air out of your house.
* Shade windows that get a lot of sun to keep temperatures lower.

Take the first step.

Start small. Be conscious of the impact your actions have on the environment and figure out what you can do to lessen the blow. Calculate, conserve, and offset.

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