Thursday 05 December 2019
Whether you like to keep up to date with the news through your phone or TV, it's hard to miss coverage of the number of bushfires burning around Australia.
But as firefighters work hard to keep the flames under control, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has warned that many states across the country could face potential blackouts due to the erratic bushfires and high temperatures straining the energy grid.
Victoria in particular has the highest chance of disconnection due to a faulty coal plant in the Latrobe Valley and gas plant in the west.
“The biggest risk occurs with very high demand ... usually that is at the end of a run of two or more extremely hot days,” said Australian Energy Council Chief Executive, Sarah McNamara.
"Losing power even for short periods during a heatwave can cause real inconvenience. But electricity providers will continue to do everything possible to avoid that occurring."
But despite the obvious pain of having to deal with no power during a heatwave, would you know what to do to safeguard your home and belongings?
With this summer set to be a scorcher and the chance of being disconnected a real possibility, we’ve listed some of our top tips for surviving a blackout:
And if you’d like tips on how to keep your energy bill low through summer, head on over to our energy tips section, which is filled with handy tips for every household.