22% of Aussies are guilty of this bad energy habit during summer

Ceyda Erem

Tuesday 19 November 2019

With the start of summer less than two weeks away, Aussie households are readying their ice blocks and sunscreen. 

But that’s not the only thing on their minds. 

According to the latest Mitsubishi Electric Australian Home Trends Report, a telling 96% of Australians are greatly concerned about the rising cost of electricity

Released every year, the report was conducted by YouGov who surveyed more than 1,000 Aussies aged 18 and over. 

South Australians were the most concerned about rising energy prices (58%) with New South Wales and Victoria not that far behind (42% and 47%, respectively). 

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The report also revealed some of our worst energy habits, which included switching the aircon on with the windows still open (22%) and leaving the aircon on when no one was home to keep the house cool (20%). 

“You’ll find that silly habits like these can be the culprit if you’re wondering why your energy bill is a lot higher than expected,” said Mozo energy expert, Nathan Warne. 

“It’s not uncommon to see a higher energy bill during summer, but playing an active part in monitoring your usage and being aware of the appliances you have running can make a difference to your bill.”

Warne isn’t wrong either with figures from energyrating.gov.au revealing that running the air conditioner for 24 hours a day can add an extra $10 a day to your final bill, totalling to more than $300 a month or over $1,000 during summer. 

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But even though there may be some areas for improvement, Aussie households are still looking to do their bit, with 88% of respondents revealing they’re concerned about the impact their energy usage has on the environment, while 65% of Aussies believe that their home is somewhat energy efficient. 

“With our collective environmental consciousness becoming ever more socially important, attitudes towards energy efficiency and sustainability are stronger than ever before,” said Executive Director for Mitsubishi Electric Australia, Jeremy Needham. 

So if you’re looking to give your household an energy efficiency upgrade, why not consider a GreenPower plan? These allow you to offset a percentage of your electricity usage with renewable energy. 

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