As a sweltering summer approaches, Australian households are already bracing themselves for the electricity bill blowout that running the air-conditioner almost guarantees.
But not any more – new research has revealed the handy hack that could allow you to save big on bills this summer.
Comparison website Finder has found that money can be saved by simply adjusting the thermostat.
The research found that 63 per cent of Aussies use air-con in the hotter months – at the combined cost of a massive $1.9 billion.
According to Finder, the average household sets the thermostat to 22C.
“Yet if these Aussies were to increase their thermostat to the optimal temperature of 24C instead, they could save a cumulative $486 million on summer cooling costs, or $76 per household,” the comparison website said.
Finder insights manager Graham Cooke said there were plenty of ways to save on air-conditioning.
He revealed that every degree the thermostat is lowered could increase energy consumption by 10 per cent.
“Smart air-cons are another great way to save,” he said.
“These come with infra-red controllers which can turn your aircon on as you approach your home, then switch it off when you leave.
“Only use air-con in the rooms you’re actually occupying, like your home office.
“Keep doors, blinds and windows closed to trap cool air in.
“If you’re still unsure as to why your power bill is so high, it might be a sign that it’s time to switch to a cheaper energy provider,” he said.