Air-conditioning bills heating up

How to cut your summer cooling costs.

If you’ve relied on air-conditioning to get you through summer, you’re not alone with 69% of Queenslanders switching on to beat the heat.

Research from Finder revealed air-conditioning costs Aussie households more than $2 billion over summer.

The research found the average household runs its air-conditioner for six hours a day during the peak summer period, at a cost of about $8.41 a day.

Finder energy spokesperson Graham Cooke said this kind of air-con usage could be damaging to the environment and your hip pocket.

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"Don't let the balmy nights get the better of you,” he said.

“Keep your air-con usage in check if you don't want to end up with a hefty bill at the end of the summer.

"There are a number of things we can be doing to stay cool: air-conditioners should only be switched on when it becomes unbearable without it.”

Nearly 600,000 households admitted to keeping the air-conditioning running when they're not at home.

"If you're not at home, you don't need your air-con running,” Mr Cooke said. 

“Aussies need to stop overindulging and expecting to walk into an icy cool room as soon as they get home.”

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Mr Cooke said running your air-con at the optimum temperature could save you money.

"The perfect temperature setting for your aircon is 24-25 degrees, anything cooler than that is unnecessary,” he said.

"Every degree you increase the thermostat could shave 10% off your bill.

"A fan is a much more cost-friendly option and if it's strategically placed to get a cross-flow it can be quite effective too.”

Cut your electricity costs

  • Use fans or set your aircon to 26oC.
  • Close windows and curtains while the air-con in running.
  • Unplug appliances like second fridges when they’re not in use.
  • Hang out washing on sunny days instead of using a dryer.
  • Use cold water for washing clothes.
  • Put in LED lights.
  • Consider installing solar panels
  • Shop around for the best deal on energy. Energy made easy compares gas and electricity plan available in your area.

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