Cut Down Your Cooling Costs
Summer is coming, and here in the sunshine state, a good quality aircon is essential. Though it’s nice to leave your unit running at all hours of the day, what’s not so nice is a hefty energy bill.
Australians spend a whopping $4.6 billion on cooling costs each year. During the warmer months, the average person leaves their air conditioning on for 4.3 hours per day, adding a cool $623 to their summer quarterly bill.
By making a few simple adjustments to the way you use your aircon, you could save yourself at least $187 on cooling costs this summer. Graham Cooke, Energy Expert at finder.com.au, shares his best tips.
Choose the right cooling solution
Depending on the design of your property, some cooling options may be more effective than others. The better insulated, shaded and draught-proofed a house is, the smaller and cheaper-to-run your cooling unit should be.
The Air-Rite team can help you find the best cooling solution for your needs, based on your house, lifestyle and budget. Cooling options include a ducted system, a wall or floor mounted system, or a room air conditioner.
Only use the aircon when you’re home
2.3 million Aussies leave the aircon on for up to an hour while they aren’t at home. Not only does this increase our carbon emissions, it’s costing us an extra $222 million collectively. Properly insulating your house will ensure it retains cool air for longer after switching your cooling unit off. Remember to draw the blinds and keep windows and doors closed before stepping out.
Check your temperature
Each degree of cooling can increase your energy use by as much as 10%. Adding a few extra degrees to your preferred setting can end up saving you a substantial amount on your summer energy bill. The recommended temperature for warmer climates is around 24-26 degrees. This will keep your home at a comfortable temperature, without blowing out your energy costs.
Clean the filter
Your cooling system will have to work twice as hard to pump out cold air if the filter is clogged with dust and grime. It goes without saying that this will ramp up your energy usage. Try to clean the filter every couple of months to ensure the best possible performance.
Pre-cool when possible
If warmer weather is on the cards, pre-cool your house the night before to remove some of the strain from your aircon. Keeping the blinds drawn can reduce the temperature of a room by as much as three or four degrees, especially if used in conjunction with a fan. Shade cloths can also be a good idea, as they reflect much of the sun’s glare.
Check your energy rating
Cooling systems can vary significantly when it comes to their energy efficiency. Aircons are included in the Energy Rating System, which rates products from one to six based on the amount of energy they consume. Make sure you check your unit’s rating before making any installations to prevent any nasty surprises next time your bill arrives.
Graham Cooke is Energy Expert at finder.com.au