Don’t forget the fan this summer to stay cool and keep a lid on your energy bill.
Ausgrid’s energy efficiency expert Paul Myors said heating and cooling costs make up about a quarter of the average household’s energy use, so it makes sense to carefully consider your options.
Fans should always be your first port of call when trying to cool your home. While they don’t lower the temperature, they can make it feel around three degrees cooler by circulating air around the room.
Fans are the cheapest and most efficient form of cooling, with many designs for one room or the whole house.
Ceiling fans cost about two cents per hour to run, or as little as $6 over summer. In comparison air conditioners cost between 30 to 40 cents an hour and can increase your summer bill by more than $150.
Pedestal fans are great because you can move them to the room you’re using. They’re also the cheapest to buy, with prices starting at around $20.
Running a bedroom fan on low at night can help you sleep peacefully without worrying about your power bill.
Other options include motorised whole house fans that are installed in the roof to help cool larger areas at about 6 cents an hour. They create cool airflow throughout your house by drawing air into the roof cavity and out through vents, meaning you’re less reliant on the air conditioner.
Remember to also turn your ceiling fans to the summer forward rotation setting, which efficiently circulates the cool air around the room.
For more tips check out Ausgrid summer cooling guide.