When used correctly, ceiling fans can help lower summer cooling costs and make the air seem cooler than it actually is. During the summer, the fan blades need to spin counterclockwise to push the air downward. Moving the air around is no different from folding a piece of paper and fanning your face, so remember to only run the fan when someone is around to enjoy the breeze. Left on and unattended, ceiling fans are just spinning up your electric bill. Flipping the switch or pulling the chain to turn off the ceiling fan when you are leaving the room is a cool summer energy tip.