17 January 2018
Air conditioning accounts for 22 per cent of Australia’s electricity use. That’s equivalent to more than 8.5 million cars on the road.
So, with temperatures rising into the high 30s this week, keeping your cool over the next few days will also save money.
“Staying cool and taking control of your energy costs down can be done easily,” Sustainability Victoria’s CEO Stan Krpan said.
“Setting air conditioning to between 24 and 26 degrees is a good start.”
“Many simple things cost nothing, are low cost and can greatly improve comfort. Hundreds of dollars a year can be saved, particularly in older homes, which are known to be poor performers.”
“Draught proofing, shading windows and buying more efficient appliances are easily done while installing insulation and low-energy LED lights will cut gas and electricity use.”
Sustainability Victoria’s Smarter Choice guide has an appliance running--cost calculator and information on energy rating labels.