Be a fan of the fan

Remember the fan this summer to beat the heat without burning a hole in your pocket.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Dr Robert Simpson said fans are effective and should be your first plan of attack when trying to keep cool at home.

Fans can make it feel around three degrees cooler because air circulating around the room makes the human body feel cooler as moisture is evaporated from the skin.

Fans are generally cheap to buy and run, and there are many designs to help cool one room or the whole house.

Ceiling fans cost as little as 2 to 3 cents per hour to run, or as little as $6 over summer. In comparison a medium sized air conditioner can cost between 30 to 40 cents an hour and can increase your summer bill by more than $150.

Portable fans such as pedestal or desk fans are great because you can move them to the room you’re using. They’re also the cheapest to buy, with prices starting at around $20.

If you are worried about the fan noise, there are now quieter models but may be a higher upfront cost.

Remember this is also the time of year to turn your ceiling fans on the summer forward rotation setting, which is the most efficient way to circulate the cool air around the room.

For more tips check out Ausgrid's summer cooling guide.

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