Australia’s expensive winter energy habits
So what habits are draining Aussie budgets as the mercury drops? Here are some of the bad energy behaviours that racked up the highest overall bills.
1. Taking a long, hot shower
Who isn’t tempted by a minute or two longer in a hot shower on a chilly winter morning? More than half of Aussies give in to this habit during the colder months, and at an average extra cost of $81 per household, that’s a combined extra spend of $365 million over winter.
2. Leaving the heat on for pets
We love our dogs and cats like family, so maybe it isn’t such a surprise to find that 11% of Aussies leave the heating running while they’re not home so their furry friend stays toasty. But at an added cost of $263 per household, that habit it set to add $249 million to the nations heating bill this winter.
3. Heating rooms to tropical temperatures
Raise your hand if you’re the 1 Aussie in 10 who pumps the heater high enough that they can wander about in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of winter. If you’re guilty of this, just know that you could be adding $105 to your bill - adding up to $96 million around the country.
4. Keeping the heater on when you’re out
Leaving the heater running while you’re not home so that you can return to a toasty house is a little luxury one in five Aussies are indulging in this winter. And that means racking up an extra $107 million in energy costs - a pretty steep price tag when an extra jumper and a pair of socks might work just as well.
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