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Budgeting: Fan vs. Air Con. vs. Both

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Every Summer I wished we had ceiling fans instead of running the air con endlessly.

This year I decided to pay the initial large sum of purchasing these fans and installing them, in hope that by next summer they would have paid off with lower electricity bills.

Unfortunately so far, not only is the air con still running, we now have both running at the same time.

I blame this on terrible insulation and building contruction. Our apartment traps heat and doesn’t let it go, so even though it’s cool in the evening, the day’s heat and humidity lingers in the air and other than sitting still and not moving at all (which is the only way to feel the affect of the fan when it’s so stuffy otherwise) we need to run the air con as well (as housework, eventually, does need to be done).

We do however “save” while we sleep by running just the fans and also not waking up with scratchy throats due to sleeping with the air con all night. Hopefully as the air gets a bit cooler at night the fans will pay off as well.

I would love to hear from you – what you do to keep cool during the Summer?

 

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  1. We do have the air running a lot as well. The humidity can be grueling so if we need it then AC will stay on. The only other ways we keep cool is drinking lots of water and eating a lot of refreshing foods (salads, cucumbers, homemade popsicles etc). Foods won’t bring the costs down (it probably raises it) but when it’s super hot there’s nothing else you can do. You could also plan summer activities in places you know will have AC… like at a local community centre/library. Anyway those are my 2 cents. 🙂

    Also wanted to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award. ) You can check it out here: http://iwtkangaroo.wordpress.com/2012/07/10/choosing-an-australian-bank-account/

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