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Take control of your air conditioning

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WE might have to wait until the first of December for the official start of summer, but most people would agree that the hot weather is already here.

Air conditioners have become a necessary part of our lifestyles, with 80% of regional Queensland homes having at least one air conditioner installed. This figure is expected to rise to 90% in the next five years which proves that Queenslanders love their air conditioning.

But an Ergon Energy survey has found that air conditioning can account for up to a third of electricity use in central Queensland homes during summer, so it’s important to be careful with how you use it.

Just a few simple changes can make a big difference.

Here are six tips for helping you save:

  • Close windows and doors in areas you want to keep cool. Also remember to close blinds and curtains to help keep the heat out.
  • Clean the filter pads on your air conditioner regularly – it will work more efficiently.
  • Install ceiling insulation with a minimum rating that suits your locality to help keep the heat out of your home.
  • Set your air conditioner at 25˚C. Studies have shown that this is the most comfortable and energy efficient temperature setting for summer. Dropping the temperature by even one or two degrees will increase your power bill.
  • Don’t leave your air conditioner on when you are out.
  • Don’t automatically turn on the air conditioning – consider using a fan instead.
     

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