Our regional Queensland network has coped well with electricity demand as we reported on 19 January. The peak demand was 2059MW which was short of the 2725MW record set in January 2013.

Ergon Energy Executive General Manager Customer Service Peter Billing says the company manages the network to ensure it can cope with the steadily rising peak demand during hot spells like this.

In order to addresses key issues and myths - on how heatwaves impact electricity demand the esaa has just published a new fact sheet on heatwaves in Australia.

The esaa Chief Executive Matthew Warren says across much of Australia, heatwaves are the real test to our electricity supplies.

"We've developed this fact sheet to explain why this is the case and what it means for households and businesses," he says.

"Australians enjoy one of the most reliable electricity supplies in the world.  Heatwaves in the past have been associated with increased risk of power outages, so naturally consumers are interested to ensure that they can access electricity at a time when they appreciate it most.  This briefing paper outlines some of the key issues and clarifies some of the myths relating to electricity supply during heatwaves."

Ergon Energy's top six ways to save on air conditioner costs include:

  1. Set your air conditioner to 25°C. It's the most comfortable and energy-efficient temperature setting for summer. For each degree you drop, you'll add to your electricity costs.
  2. Close windows and doors in areas you want to cool. And remember to close blinds and curtains too. It keeps the heat out of your home and makes your air conditioner more efficient.
  3. Use a fan and open up your home to create cross-breezes instead of switching on your air conditioner. Fans are always friendlier on your hip pocket than switching on your air conditioner. Ceiling fans cost about 2 cents an hour to run compared with air-conditioners which, depending on the size, can cost between 13 and 49 cents an hour to run.
  4. Turn off your air conditioner when you're out. Leaving it on wastes energy and costs you more.
  5. Clean the filter pads on your air conditioner regularly. This helps to ensure it runs efficiently. An efficient air-conditioner will cost you less to run.
  6. Install ceiling insulation with a minimum rating that suits your location to keep the heat out of your home. This well help to ensure your air conditioner can work more efficiently.

About the esaa

The Energy Supply Association of Australia, of which Ergon Energy is a member and Ergon Energy Chief Executive Ian McLeod is the Deputy Chair, seeks to positively influence government policy decisions to ensure that Australia enjoys the benefits of a safe, secure, reliable, sustainable and competitively priced electricity and natural gas supply. The esaa's member businesses have more than $120 billion in assets and infrastructure investment plans worth over $49 billion over the next five years. The esaa is fuel and technology neutral and member businesses have investments across a wide range of fossil fuel and renewable generation technologies. (Source: http://www.esaa.com.au/)