Tips to keep you cool
Keeping cool doesn't need to break the bank. Stay cool and save with our cooling tips.
- set the right temperature - the optimum range in summer is between 23 to 26 degrees. Each extra degree of cooling below that can add up to 10% to your running costs
- Keep the heat off. The north and west facing areas receive the most summer heat. Keep it out by using vertical shades like adjustable louvres for east and west windows and horizontal shading like awnings for northern windows. If you can’t cover your windows from the outside, use curtains or blinds indoors and choose lighter colours so they reflect the heat.
- Use natural breezes to stay cool by opening doors and windows on opposite sides of your home to take advantage of cross ventilation
- Let the hot air out. Spinning roof vents help reduce the temperature in the roof cavity. If you have a two-storey house encourage hot air to flow out of the upper level while letting in the cooler evening breeze.
- Another way to save is to use a fan for cooling. A ceiling fan costs about two cents an hour to run, or about $6 over summer. Air conditioning the same space can cost between 30 and 40 cents an hour and add $100-150 to your bill.
Outside the home, pools can provide welcome relief from the summer heat but can also add hundreds of dollars to your energy bills.
Installing an energy efficient pool pump or reducing your pool pump running times by an hour per day can save you over $100 per year.
Check with your retailer about moving to a time of use tariff. Running your pool pump in off-peak or shoulder periods rather than peak times can cut running costs in half.