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Scorching summer heats up energy use

Published: 28 Dec 2016 1:34pm

Ergon Energy is warning customers that Queensland’s scorching summer could prove costly unless they properly manage their air conditioners and other home appliances.

A good place to start is with Ergon Energy Retail’s Home Energy Tips.

Ergon Energy External Stakeholder Engagement Manager Michael Dart said many customers are cranking up their air conditioners without realising they can be one of the bigger silent energy suckers in their home.

“We know our customers want to be comfortable but air conditioners can lead to a big jump in energy bills if they’re not used wisely,” Mr Dart said.

“Set air-conditioners to 25 degrees - every one degree cooler in summer adds around 10% to the amount of electricity the air-conditioner uses – which can add up quickly.”

Mr Dart said nearly all the appliances in customers’ homes could hit the hip pocket.

“Washing machines and dryers, dishwashers, fridges and freezers and swimming pool pumps all help make our lives more comfortable but they are also the biggest users of electricity in customers’ homes,” he said.

“Ergon Energy Retail’s website has plenty of advice and suggestions to help customers understand what could cost them on their next bill and what they can do to help manage those appliances.”

Ergon Energy’s Top Tips

Air Conditioners

  • Select the right temperature. Stick to 25 degrees in summer and 18 degrees in winter.
  • Install the right sized air conditioner for the space you need to cool
  • Choose an air conditioner with a high energy star rating
  • Turn your air conditioner off when you’re out and wait until you’re back to turn it on again

Washers and Dryers

  • Wash clothes in cold water using an economy cycle
  • Wash a full load instead of many smaller loads
  • Use the sun to dry your clothes instead of using the dryer
  • Spin clothes well before putting them in the dryer

Fridges and Freezers

  • Set your fridge to between 3° C and 4°C and set your freezer to between minus 15°C and minus 18°C.
  • Position your fridge and freezer away from direct sunlight to keep them as cool as possible
  • Keep the fridge and freezer doors closed as much as possible to keep the cold air in
  • Switch off your second fridge or freezer when it's not needed
  • A well-stocked fridge is energy efficient, but don't overstock shelves or put hot food in your refrigerator


  • Connect your pool pump to an economy tariff
  • Upgrade to an energy efficient pool pump
  • Check the running time for your pool pump
  • Regularly clear the water inlet

Media Contact: Brett Judge
Phone: 0439 971 765

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