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Keep warm without overheating power usage

Published: 10 Jun 2020 7:13pm

With the mercury dipping Ergon Energy is recommending several tips to keep warm while curbing power usage.

Robert Wilson from Ergon Energy’s Efficiency team said winter was obviously the time we ramp up our heating, but using electrical appliances wisely was key to keeping power bills down.

“On cold winter days we see a significant increase in demand on the power network with people plugging in their heaters and electric blankets and taking a longer hot shower,” Robert said.

“The cheapest way to heat your home with an electrical appliance is often already hanging on your walls – and that’s your reverse cycle air-conditioner.

“In fact, the average sized reverse cycle system can cost less than half to run at around 28 cents an hour compared to 62 cents an hour for a 2,400w plug-in type heater.

“And to ensure your reverse cycle air-conditioner is running at its most efficient now’s the time to give its filters a clean before using them.”

But if plug-in type heaters are your only form of heating this winter Robert suggested a couple of simple tips to cool the power bill.

“If you’re in the market for a plug-in heater look for one with a thermostat that can reduce power usage when it gets to the correct temperature rather than the cheaper ones which will continue to draw lots of power, making them more expensive in the long run,” he said.

“If you’re leaving a room for a longer period, switch the heater off altogether and switch off electric blankets when you jump out of bed in the morning.

“We are lucky we live in the Sunshine State and for those who reside along the coastal areas with less severe winters often snuggling up on the couch with a doona or wearing winter woollies will keep you just as comfortable and warm as the costly electric heater option.”

Safety tips can be found at www.ergon.com.au/network/safety

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