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You may have heard that a ceiling fan can save you up to 40% on your energy bills in the summer. That's a lot of energy for a such a small, innocuous appliance. Ceiling fans are relatively cheap when compared to the investment of solar panels or an Energy Star refrigerator.

But a ceiling fan isn't magical. You can't just throw it up on the ceiling and wait for savings to arrive. You have to make sure that your ceiling fan is the proper size, that it is mounted correctly and that the blades aren't wobbly. A poorly installed ceiling fan can be an energy-waster instead of an energy saver. What follows is a list of tips and information that can help you choose the right ceiling fan, install it and maintain it properly.