6 tips to help avoid bill shock this summer

With temperatures rising, our electricity bills could be too, but taking some simple precautions can help you avoid bill shock

We all love the warmer months, but with it comes the increased need to use appliances that pile money onto our ever-increasing energy bills.

If previous summers have left you frustrated at paying more than you expected,  it may just take a few simple precautions to ensure your prices aren’t through the roof this summer.

1.  Manage your air-con

The average reverse cycle air conditioner costs around $0.25-$0.35 per hour to run for cooling purposes. For medium sized rooms, this may almost double, and for large rooms it will increase to between $0.70 and $0.95 per hour. While these hourly costs seem insignificant, running your split system air-conditioner for cooling purposes for four hours a day throughout summer is likely to add $200 to your power bill. Why not turn the air-con off at night and allow the breeze to help cool you down? Plus, your body doesn’t need your air-con to run at the same temperature as it does during the day while sleeping!

2. Consider an air-con timer

We know every minute counts with the air-con, so why not set a timer to ensure time doesn’t creep up on you? It will also serve as a backup if you forget to turn off the air-con when you go to sleep or leave the house.

3. Manage your pool pump

Pool pumps are known for adding to the power bills of pool owners during the summer. Avoid running your pool pump 24 hours a day over summer. A constantly pumping pool pump can add as much as $60 per month to your electricity bill. Over the three summer months, that is $180.

4. Close the blinds

It has been said that uncovered windows are responsible for up to 50% of heat gain during summer. This increase in temperature may add to your air-con bill. You are saving on every degree of cooling you can live without. Setting your air-con unit one degree warmer than you normally would for cooling can cut costs by up to 10%.

5. Use the fan

Running a portable fan may significantly lessen your energy bill this summer. A residential pedestal fan will cost anywhere between 1 to 2 cents per hour to run. If you ran a pedestal fan four hours a day every day, it will cost around $14.60 to $29.20 per year. This is a stark contrast to air-cons which can cost up to $0.95 per hour. This is up to 95x the cost per hour of some fans.

6. Stay outside, don’t sit in the aircon all day

If you can find shade outside, grab it. If you’re outside your air-con unit won’t have to work as hard, and you will find your energy bill may lower. Consider sitting outside under a tree, under the shade of your patio, or an umbrella on the beach where there is likely to be a nice cool breeze.

7. Compare energy plans

9Saver currently has special energy offers for our members, so why not see if you could save by switching providers? Or you can use a comparison site like Compare the Market or Canstar Blue to find yourself an on-market energy deal that suits your needs. 

* In highlighting particular offers we are not making specific recommendations as this article does not cover all available products and may not compare all features relevant to you. Any advice provided is general in nature and does not take account of your needs, objectives or financial situation. Individuals should consider their own circumstances, and if in doubt seek appropriate advice, before proceeding.