Powershop: 56% of Aussies are considering ditching their aircon to save on summer energy bills
From picking up a new pair of shorts to switching your sheets, Aussies around the country have already gearing up for another scorching summer.
But it’s not all glowing tans and chilled out pool days for some, as new research from energy retailer Powershop has found that 80% of Aussies are concerned about how much their energy bills might cost over summer when usage is at its highest.
More than half (52%) of respondents are thinking about putting money aside to pay for their summer bills, despite the fact that 87% of those surveyed said their energy provider does not send them an estimated cost of their next bill, leaving them in the dark about how to prepare financially.
Aside from putting some extra cash away, 58% of Aussies said they would be implementing household tricks and tactics to keep their power usage down, such as turning appliances off at the wall and keeping blinds down during the day.
When it came to one of our most cherished household appliances during summer - the air conditioner - 56% of respondents said they are considering using their cooling system less or not at all.
“With energy bills skyrocketing over the summertime, it’s not surprising to see so many Aussie households take drastic measures, like ditching the aircon, to keep costs down,” said Mozo energy expert, Nathan Warne.
But if you’re not prepared to part ways with your cooling system during summer, Warne has suggested a few ways to get the best of both worlds.
“Surprisingly our nights are quite cool in summer, so you can naturally cool your home by opening all the windows. Or if you are planning to keep your air conditioner on all day, stop it from overworking itself by keeping the temperature between 22 and 24 degrees,” he said.
Powershop also revealed that with summer right around the corner, 23% of Aussie households are thinking of switching energy retailers, while 64% are considering making the switch within the next six months.
“There’s no time like the present, so if you think you could be on a better deal, make your move before summer hits and switch to a better value energy deal,” encouraged Warne.
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