Do ceiling fans use a lot of electricity?

On this page you will learn:

> How to find out the power consumption and the electricity usage of a ceiling fan.

> How to calculate the electricity cost of a ceiling fan

> How much electricity does a ceiling fan use when compared to an air conditioning unit

Electricity measurement units: Watt, Kilowatt or Kilowatt hour

> How to reduce the lower bill

> What is energy conservation and how does it benefit you and the environment

Do ceiling fans use a lot of electricity?

To get to know how much electricity does a ceiling fan uses, first you need to know how much power does it consume.

The power consumption of a ceiling fan can be found on it’s energy label.

Alternatively, the power consumption can also be found by searching for the fan specifications on internet.

Electricity usage of a ceiling fan

For example, if your ceiling fan is rated as 50 Watts (W), this means that it will consume 0,05 Kilowatts per hour (kWh).

50 W / 1000 = 0,05 kWh

We are paying to our electricity provider 0,217 euro per every Kilowatt hour we consume, so we would need to pay 0,01 euro per every hour that the ceiling fan would be in use. 

0,05 kWh x 0,217 euro = 0,01 euro per hour of usage

Electricity cost calculator

Once you know the power consumption, the calculator below can be used to estimate the power consumption and the electricity cost of a ceiling fan over a period of time.

You just need to adjust the values in the PARAMETERS section to your requirements and the calculator will automatically display the RESULTS section.


For example, if your ceiling fan:

> Has a power rating of 50 Watts

> You use it for 10 hours a day

> You use it 220 days per year

> You are paying 0,2 euro (or dollars, or pounds) per every kWh you consume 

You will be paying 15,4 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or…) per year in electricity costs.

A few other examples from our ‘Electricity usage calculators page that may be of your interest:

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How much electricity does a ceiling fan use compared to air conditioning

As you can see on the ‘Ceiling fan electricity usage and cost calculator’, it takes juts a few watts to run a ceiling fan and they are quite economic.

And air conditioning unit is a total different story…

For more information, have a look to the page where we explain the electricity usage and electricity cost of an air conditioning unit.

On that page we have made available a calculator that can be used to calculate the electricity cost of an air conditioning unit over a period of an hour, day and year.

Electricity usage of an air conditioner

On that page we have made available a calculator that can be used to calculate the electricity cost of an air conditioning unit over a period of an hour, day and year.

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Air conditioning unit

Electricity measurement units

Not everybody it is familiar with terms like Watts, Kilowatts or Kilowatt hours so if you would learn more about them, have a look to this YouTube video that we have prepared about this topic.

What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh)

Or you can have a look to this electricity measurement units calculators to get a better understanding of:

> What is a Watt (W) and how to transform Watts into Kilowatts

> What is a Kilowatt (kW) and how to transform Kilowatts into Kilowatts hour

> What is a Kilowatt hour (kWh) and how to transform Kilowatts hours to other units

> What are Power (P), Voltage (V) and Current (I)

Watt (W)
Kilowatt (kW)
Kilowatt hour (kWh)
Kilowatt hour
Power, voltage, current
Power, Voltage, Current

How to lower the electricity bill

If used correctly and efficiently, a ceiling fan can save electricity on heating and cooling

Here there are some tips and facts that can be of your interest:

1.- Use the ceiling fan to create a cooling breeze during summer

Most of the ceiling fans have an option that allows the users to choose the rotation type, clockwise or counterclockwise.

During summer, make sure that the rotation of your ceiling fan is pushing the air down, from the ceiling to the floor. That will create a nice and refreshing draft.

An air conditioner uses much more electricity than a ceiling fan so supplementing and air conditioner with a ceiling fan will decrease your electricity usage by efficiently distributing the cool air produced by the air conditioner unit.

2.- Use the ceiling fan to efficiently distribute the heat during winter

During winter, make sure than your ceiling fan is setup to pull the air from the floor to the ceiling.

This air flow will pull the hot air from the floor to the ceiling, across the ceiling and back down by the sides to the floor of the room.

An efficient heat distribution will reduce the amount of electricity used for heating and therefore reduce your electricity cost.

3.- Use your ceiling fan only when needed

A ceiling fan can be a good supplement to save on heating and cooling, when used efficiently. Just make sure that you power off your ceiling fan when it is not needed.

Energy conservation

Energy conservation can be defined as the decision and the act of using less energy

Energy conservation both benefit you and the environment

The act of saving and conserving electricity does benefit you because you will be paying less on your energy bills. 

And it also does benefit the environment because conserving electricity prevents any unnecessary waste of natural resources.

Now, at individual level it may not look worth to try to save a few watts here or there. 

Still, every little counts and if hundreds or thousands of us do save a little every time, it will make an important contribution towards conserving our natural resources.


For example, if 9000 households would manage to save as little as 10 Watts per day (0,01 kWh) that would add to 32850 Kilowatt hour (kWh) saved per year. 

9000 households x 0,01 kWh per day x 365 days per year 

32,850 kWh saved per year

That is a considerable amount of electricity, but let’s add additional perspectives for clarity:

> Assuming an average cost of 0,18 euro (or dollars, or pounds, or any other currency) per kWh, we would collectively be saving nearly 6000 euro per year.

> To produce 32,850 kWh of electricity it is necessary to use around 17 metric tons of coal or 56 barrels of residual fuel oil.

Have a look to this page for more information about the amount of resources needed to produce electricity.

In any case it is clear that small energy savings do really count when looking into the bigger picture.

If you are looking for ideas to save electricity at home, have a look to this YouTube video were we show some useful tips to reduce the electricity usage at home and decrease the electricity bill. 

Two pie charts showing what home appliances and devices are using the most electricity at home.

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