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Ceiling Fans Fight Climate Change?
Not too long ago the light bulb became a pawn in the debate regarding federal regulation of household products in the name of climate change, and now it appears the humble <a title="Ceiling Fans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ceiling-fans_83.html" target="_blank">ceiling fan</a> may join it on the political chessboard.
On one side of the table sits the Department of Energy and its agenda to implement tighter energy efficiency standards, and on the other are legislators who want to vouchsafe the production of American-made ceiling fans – laudable goals for fans of Earth <em>and</em> American manufacturers.
So, what’s the problem?
It depends on who you ask. News reports indicate that many ceiling fan manufacturers support the new efficiency regulations, although it’s unclear whether that’s because those that approve will already be in compliance. Moreover, others have gone so far as to say it’d be nice to have a national standard as opposed to state-by-state rules, which is what exists now in varying forms.
On the other hand, however, there is outcry that the new regulations will make <a title="Fans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/fans_15.html?linkloc=topnav" target="_blank">fans</a> more expensive for consumers, even if it saves them money via their electric bills in the long run. Others argue it’s a matter of political principle and that overregulation is a burden on both manufacturers and consumers, and that people should be trusted to make informed purchases without so much government handholding.
Of course, whether the new rules will really raise prices remains to be seen, and it can be fairly assumed that consumers will appreciate a fan that uses less electricity – especially if it’s comparably priced to its pre-legislation model.
But, how much power does a ceiling fan use, anyway? As we’ve discussed in a <a title="Ceiling Fans Save Money" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/ceiling-fans-save-money/" target="_blank">previous post</a>, it costs about $0.01 to operate the average 60-watt ceiling fan for three hours (depending on electric company cost variables), so it’s really hard to argue that the bladed wonder is sucking up too much juice as it is - especially when it might be lessening the use of costlier cooling contraptions like central air.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> invites you to voice your opinion: Are the new rules worth it, or are ceiling fans spinning sweetly enough as it is?