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Energy Australia Tips for summer savings on power bills

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Energy Australia Tips for summer savings on power bills

With summer upon us, EnergyAustralia is offering families some simple ways of staying cool that do not break the bank. EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said keeping cool did not have to be expensive if people followed some small steps.

“It’s easy to keep cool without breaking the budget by following some energy-efficiency tips,” Mr Myors said.

“Air conditioners can be costly to run, adding hundreds of dollars to your summer bill. So if you are turning on your air conditioner, it is important to run it in the most energy-efficient way.

“It’s worth remembering that ceiling fans are cheap to buy, cheap to run, suit rooms of all sizes and are incredibly energy-efficient.

What’s growing in your garden can also make a big difference to the temperature indoors.

“The quickest way to warm a home up is to allow sunlight to stream through windows, so shading your home with external blinds or well-placed vines on trellises or a pergola can keep things cool inside,” Mr Myors said.

“Home owners should also consider insulation as a good one-off investment. Having proper insulation installed in the ceiling can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 10 degrees which can make a big difference on a warm day.

“If you have insulation installed it will can also cut your cooling costs by up to 40 per cent, which is very important if you are using an air conditioner.”

TOP FIVE TIPS FOR SUMMER SAVINGS

1. Ceiling fans are cheap to run

Ceiling fans are a tried and true way of cooling your home. They are also cheap to run, costing just $3 a year compared with the about $200 a year to run an air conditioner.*

2. Shade your home

Keep curtains or blinds closed on a hot day. Shading your home with external blinds, well-placed vines or pergolas will help keep the temperature down.

3. Catch the breeze

If there’s a breeze blowing, take advantage of it. Leave the security grilles closed but by opening doors, windows and louvres on opposite sides of your home, you can take advantage of nature’s air conditioning.

4. Insulate the ceiling

Ceiling insulation can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 10 degrees in summer and cut your cooling costs by up to 40 per cent.

5. Run air conditioning efficiently

The most energy-efficient temperature setting is between 23 and 26 degrees. Use the “recirculate” setting and make sure you close the doors and windows in the area you’re cooling. Clean the filter in your air conditioner regularly.

*Based on a split system air conditioner run for 700 hours a year.

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