Australia's Aircon Usage 2018
The aircon is on, but nobody's home
Australia’s Air Conditioning usage statistics
Paying energy bills is no walk in the park for the average Australian. But despite concerns about the rising cost of energy, millions of Australians are still indulging in bad aircon habits. A new finder.com.au survey shows that some Aussies leave their air conditioning running when they’re not at home - leaving them with a hefty bill at the end of summer.
The aircon is on, but nobody’s home
- 2.3 million households leave the air conditioner on when they’re not home
- This is up from 2.2 million in 2017
How much are Aussies wasting?
- On average Aussies are wasting almost an hour each day cooling their house no one is home
- This is adding almost $100 on to their summer bill
- Collectively, $222 million is spent on aircon wastage across Australia
24% of Australians are self-confessed wasters, but which state is the worst?
State Percentage of those wasting SA 35% QLD 25% WA 24% VIC 23% NSW 21%
Who’s spending the most?
- Despite high energy costs, South Australians spend the most, forking out $170 on aircon while they’re not even home
- New South Wales residents are wasting the least ($88)
How long do Aussies use their aircon for?
- 4.3 hours per day
- 360 hours this summer
What’s the cost of keeping cooling?
- That’ll cost $623 on top of your quarterly summer bill
Who are the biggest aircon users?
- Western Australians are the biggest aircon users, switching it on for almost 5 hours per day
- People from New South Wales and Victoria rely on their aircon the least (4 hours)
Total cooling spend
- Whether they’re at home or not, Aussies will spend $4.6 billion on keeping cool
How can Aussies save?
The recommended aircon setting is 25 degrees celsius
The average Aussie is setting their aircon to 22 degrees celsius
Aussies can reduce their cooling costs by 30% if they simply drop their temperature by 3 degrees
By setting their aircon to the recommended setting Aussies can save $187 on their summer bill
Tips on keeping your summer bill down
Run your aircon more economically
Setting your aircon just one degree higher than you usually would can save you 10% on cooling costs. The optimum aircon temperature is 25 degrees, so anything lower than that is unnecessary.
Keep the sun out
Your windows don’t keep block out the sun’s UVA rays. If you want to stay cool make sure to keep your blinds and curtains closed to keep the sunlight out. As soon as the sun sets and the temperatures start to drop, open up your house to let the cooler air in.
Use your fan instead
Fans don’t do a bad job at cooling down a room if you use them strategically. Place your fan in front of an open window during the evening to suck the cool air in and if you can, try and create a cross breeze by opening another window or door on the opposite side of the room.
Take a cold shower
Jumping in the shower is a great way to cool down instantly. It will drastically reduce your body temperature and wash off any stickiness from the heat. Try and wet your hair, that way you’ll stay cooler for longer.