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Early heatwave could spike power bills

Published: 21 Sep 2017 9:15am

Soaring spring temperatures in western and remote communities are forcing people to turn to air conditioning to cool down.

And Ergon Energy Retail is urging its customers to avoid high bills and save money as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts temperatures in the high thirties and even the low forties this weekend.

Acting Executive General Manager Retail Mark Williamson said keeping cool could be expensive but customers could save on energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

“The on - set of hotter than normal spring weather is causing more people to switch on their air conditioners which could lead to an early and quick jump in electricity bills over the coming months,” he said.

Air conditioners can consume large amounts of electricity and make up a significant part of the quarterly power bill.

“This could lead to an unexpected quick jump in energy bills which may come as a surprise to many people.

“We urge our customers to set their air conditioners to an energy efficient 25 degrees and use fans to circulate cool air - they’ll help your air conditioner distribute cool air to where it’s needed. Simple measures such as turning your air conditioner off when you’re out and closing doors and windows in areas you want to cool also make a difference.

“Importantly consider using a fan instead of an air conditioner. If the weather allows, open your home to create cross breezes and use ceiling fans to keep cool.

“They are simple solutions but they work and can keep homes cool and make a significant difference to customers’ electricity bills,” he said.

Mr Williamson also stressed that people with pets should also make sure they provide them with plenty of shade and water, particularly through the hottest part of the day.

“Don’t forget Rover and Whiskers need looking after as well’,” he said.

For further energy saving and cooling tips visit the Ergon Energy web site at www.ergon.com.au/retail/residential/home-energy-tips

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