1. Reverse your ceiling fan: ceiling fans should blow counterclockwise in the summer, and clockwise in the winter.
2. Use an old pillowcase to clean the blades: slide it over each blade, and wipe clean.
3. Turn the ceiling fan off when you leave a room: fans do not cool the room, they cool you by moving air.
(Image: Tara Bellucci / Clytie & Claudia's Storied Pieces House Tour)