Beat the heat at home this summer

November 2010

There are many ways to stay cool this summer without burning a hole in your pocket.

Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said there are simple steps you can take to reduce your summer energy bill.

A four person household can cut up to 10 per cent off their electricity bill and up to one tonne of CO2 from household emissions, by planning ahead and using appliances efficiently.

There are various ways to keep a home cool and comfortable before turning on the air-conditioner.

Take advantage of natural breezes by leaving doors and windows on opposite sides of your home open to make the most of cross ventilation.

Keep the sun and its heat off your house by using external blinds, trees, vines and pergolas over windows to keep the temperature down inside.

Ceiling insulation can reduce indoor temperatures by as much as 10 degrees in summer and cut cooling costs by up to 30 per cent.

Remember, fans are cheap to buy and run. They help circulate cool air around the room and cost as little as $5 a year to run.

That’s kinder on your energy bill than an air-conditioner, which can add around $250 to your annual energy bill.

If you have an air-conditioner, set the temperature to between 23 and 26 degrees for maximum efficiency. Running costs can increase by up to 10 per cent each time you lower the temperature by one degree.

For more summer cooling tips check out Ausgrid’s Summer Cooling Guide.

Remember the fan in summer