It’s not just cold w inters that cause our energy bills to skyrocket. Australia is known for its scorching summers, so on hot days it’s important to stay cool – but having the air conditioning blasting 24/7 can send your home’s running costs soaring.

According to the Department of Environment and Energy, 40% of the energy used by the average Australian home is for heating and cooling1. As the days grow w armer, here are some easy things you can do to stay comfortable while keeping your power bill down.

Do a spring clean
Make sure your cooling system is in good shape by cleaning out the filters, keeping the outdoor equipment free of dirt and leaves, and getting the unit serviced if needed. This w ill help ensure your cooling system works well, reduces energy consumption and improves air quality.

Get smart about cooling
Experts recommend setting your air conditioner at 24 degrees or warmer so it runs most efficiently: every degree cooler uses more energy. It also helps to run Source: air conditioning only in the parts of your house that are being used.

Before you turn on the air conditioning, cool yourself by taking off any extra layers of clothing and try using a fan, as these consume a fraction of the energy. Sitting a bowl of water in front of the fan increases its cooling effect.

Keep the heat out
When you know it’s going to be a hot one, close your windows and curtains or blinds early in the day. You can shade the outside of your home with awnings, a shade sail or trees.

Throughout the day, don’t add any unnecessary heat. Turn off lights and appliances you’re not using, and enjoy a barbecue outside rather than using the oven.

Be window-wise
When the day starts to cool down, turn off your cooling system and open up windows or doors on both sides of your house. This will allow the hot air to escape and a cool breeze to flow through. If you can, keep some windows open overnight. You could also install w indow coverings, glazing or tinting.

The best way to use less energy7 Head outside and make the most of those bright summer days!



Author:  Alan Faint,