Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans contribute significantly to residential electricity consumption in warm climates. For example, ceiling fans accounted for approximately 6 percent of residential energy use in India in 2000, with this demand projected to increase to 9 percent by 2020.

A SEAD Initiative analysis found that ceiling fan efficiency could be cost-effectively improved by at least 50 percent using existing technology. These improvements could, by 2020, save 70 TWh hours per year globally, offsetting the need for approximately 23 medium-sized power plants and reducing global CO2 emissions by 25 million tons each year—equivalent to taking more than 5 million cars off the road.


The SEAD Initiative supported the development of India’s Super-Efficient Equipment Program (SEEP) for ceiling fans.


The SEAD Initiative conducts technical and policy research to support development of ambitious energy efficiency policies and programs for ceiling fans.

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