The Australian Summer throughout most parts of the country is relentlessly hot, resulting in most households turning to increased use of air conditioners and fans to keep their cool. Unfortunately, this often leads to higher energy consumption and higher bills during the summer period but by using the tips below, you’ll be able to keep your energy bills down this Summer.
Managing air conditioner
Managing the use of air conditioning throughout the home in Summer can have a huge overall effect on energy consumption and a few minor changes can add up to a big difference. It’s best to avoid running your conditioner too low with the best temperature for both comfort and efficiency being around 25 degrees Celsius during summer. Every degree lower you set your air conditioner can add around 10% to the amount of electricity that the air conditioner uses*.
Closing windows and doors
When conditions start to heat up to more extreme temperatures, it can be best to keep windows and doors closed during the day when the outside temperature is far hotter than inside the house. Once the outside temperature is lower than inside, you can start to open up doors and windows to cross-ventilate air to continue to cool down your house.
Block out sunlight
Blocking out direct sunlight by closing blinds and curtains can help a lot to keep your rooms cooler. With them closed, they’ll help to provide a light and heat barrier to the sunlight. If the sun is directly striking your windows, some heat can still get in even with blinds and curtain drawn. It can be extremely effective to stop direct sunlight from hitting your windows which can be done with adjustable awning blinds or shade sails.
Use energy efficient globes
There are plenty of options when it comes to energy efficient lighting which can help to maintain an energy efficient household. By choosing appropriate lights bulbs, fittings and using lights only when necessary you can ensure your home is energy efficient and saving you more money on energy bills.
Install Solar + Battery
The Summer conditions are ideal for households with rooftop (PV) solar and solar battery fitted. With rooftop solar, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint but also producing your own free energy which can be used to power your home and appliances during the day. So, by meeting your energy needs with the solar power your system produces you’ll be able to pay less for the power you use. Rooftop solar systems produce more electricity over summer and combined with a solar battery can store electricity to use at night when the sun goes down, meaning households can draw less electricity from the grid.
To learn more about a solar solution for your property call Sunbank Solar Batteries on 1300 28 29 30.