It’s predicted to be another hot summer this year, with the latest Bureau of Meteorology outlook predicting that temperatures from December – February 2019 are set to be above average for the time of year, over most of Australia.
When the weather heats up many people turn on their air conditioners, which can put a strain on the electricity grid and can lead to black outs. It also means that your power bill could go up.
Here are some tips on how to keep your cool this summer and keep your bills down.
Reduce the need for cooling by making your home more comfortable
Our homes gain a lot of heat in summer through our ceilings, walls, floors, windows and air leakage.
Luckily, we can easily minimise this heat gain that occurs in summer (with an added bonus of minimising heat loss in winter!) through the following steps:
- Draught proofing: All the little gaps around windows, doors, plumbing and air vents let in a lot of heat, so sealing those gaps will help make your home more comfortable in summer. Learn more on our draught proofing page.
- Insulate insulate insulate! Insulation is like a tea cosy or esky for your home! It can keep the cool in and the heat out in summer. Read more.
- Shade your windows: Keeping the sun off your windows stops the glass heating up and that heat radiating back into your home. There are several things you can do to prevent this, even when external shading is not an option. Read more.
Cool your home efficiently
Running costs of the main cooling appliances
|Cooling appliance||Approximate annual running cost|
|Split system air conditioners||$20-$50|
|Ducted air conditioners||$125-$255|
Data Sourced from Sustainability Victoria Cooling Running Costs
Use fans first: Fans use a fraction of the amount of electricity compared to air conditioners and can keep you cool by circulating cooler air and cooling your skin. A simple way to cool yourself down is by using water and fans. You can spritz yourself with cool water or use a wet face washer or bandanna on your neck or head and then use a fan to help that water evaporate and cool you down. Check out are fans are fantastic article to learn about the other benefits of fans!
If you still need to cool your home further, a split system reverse cycle air conditioner is your next best option. The running cost of air conditioners can vary quite significantly depending on the type of the air conditioner. That is why it is very important to select an energy-efficient air conditioner with a high star rating. Request a quote from our carefully selected supplier.
If you use a system while generating your own solar power, you can cool your home for low to zero cost (and cool your home emissions free!).
Remember to cool to 23-25 degrees and leave your fan on! Fans can help air conditioning be more efficient, by circulating the cool air created by your air conditioner. This makes your home cool down faster and you don’t have to run your air conditioner for as long.
If you are looking for a new energy-efficient air conditioner, you can request an obligation-free quote from our new reverse cycle air conditioner supplier.
Stay safe this summer
Here are some important things to remember:
- Babies, people aged over 65, those living alone and with chronic medical problems are at increased risk of heat-related illness and need special care in hot weather
- Stay out of the sun and avoid strenuous activity
- Keep hydrated
- If you are having trouble keeping you or your home cool then consider going to a shopping centre, cinema, swimming pool or a friend’s house where there is air conditioning
- If you feel unwell seek medical advice or call 000