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How To Slash Your Summer Cooling Bill

How To Slash Your Summer Cooling Bill


If your household is like mine, last quarter’s electricity bill was a doozy. But before you go turning off all your lights and resort to living the life of a caveman, you may want to try a few tips first to get that bill down.

Did you know that for the average Australian household, heating and cooling makes up about 40% of their overall energy bill? Origin Energy* has shared some helpful hints to help you improve your overall energy consumption, but today let’s just focus on how you can improve on your air-con running costs as the mercury climbs.

Be temperature wise

  • Set your temperature to 24°C or higher – each degree under uses 5% more energy.
  • Use fans instead and save between $40 and $200 a year.
  • Only turn your air-con on when it gets over 30°C. This could save you between $50 and $340 a year!

Here are some of our other tips to keep your cool, both during summer and when the bill drops into your inbox.

Did you know about dry mode?

Many air conditioners have a ‘dry’ or ‘dehumidify’ option, which removes room humidity, making the air easier to cool. All you have to do is choose the water drop symbol on your remote instead of the snowflake for cooling. The air-con compressor runs at less power, potentially halving your energy consumption!

Be your fan’s biggest fan

We don’t use our fans nearly enough – they’re a great way to circulate air and cracking a window open slightly can really improve their efficiency. It’s a good idea to place a fan by the window to make the most of the airflow. We recommend running fans at night instead of air-con and you should also open windows where possible at night too – this can help keep the house cool during the following day too.

Keep the light out

While we don’t expect you to live in darkness, sunlight coming through your windows heats up the house quicker than you may think. Make sure you’re closing your blinds and curtains and turning off the lights in your house where natural light is enough. Your indoor lights produce heat, so hopefully switching them off will cool things down while taking some heat off your energy bill as well.

Insulate and propagate

A poorly insulated room that leaks cool air is your air conditioner’s worst enemy and it could be costing you money. Studies have shown that 30% of a cooling system’s energy consumption is lost through air ducts. Embrace the good old fashioned door snake and try to invest in high quality insulation and seals. Remember to keep your doors and windows closed while the air-con is running – if they’re open, you may as well be throwing money out of them!
Going green could also help you save your hard earned cash. Plants and shrubberies by your windows can provide shade and help cool the air too. It could be a great spring project for you to get creative with! You could also shade your air conditioner unit with plants, helping to cool it down and work better for longer.

Keep it Clean

Like most appliances, your air conditioner has its best chance of running efficiently if it’s kept clean. A clean unit means that the air flow will be excellent, meaning your unit doesn’t have to work as hard to reach the desired temperature and can maintain it much more easily. An Electrodry Air Conditioner Clean could improve your cooling power by up to 4 degrees – very handy during summer! It’ll also improve your energy use, with a thorough professional clean reducing consumption by up to 22%!

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