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Australia’s air conditioning usage statistics 2020

The aircon is on, but nobody's home

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Do you leave the aircon on for your pet? Or do you keep it running to come back to a cool house? Poor aircon habits are not only hurting your hip-pocket but the environment too. By changing your thermostat to 25 degrees you could save on your summer bill.


Aussies spend a collective

$3.7 billion

on aircon over the summer period

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How often are Australians using their aircon?

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63% of people use their air con during the warmer months
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These Aussies keep their unit running for 6.3 hours per day on average

1.9 million

The number of Aussies who leave the aircon running when they're not at home
This comes at a cost of $97 million over the 3-month summer period.


Which state is the most reliant on their aircon?

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South Australians are the most reliant on their aircon unit, with 77% switching it on over summer

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Just 60% of NSW residents use their aircon throughout the warmer months


At what temperature are Aussies running their aircon?

22.2 degrees

This is 2.8 degrees less that the optimal temperature of 25


How to save on cooling costs

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Run your aircon economically

25 degrees is the optimal setting for cooling. You can save on your summer bill by adjusting your aircon to this temperature.

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Keep the sun out

Your windows don't block out the sun's UV 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.

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Use a fan instead

Fans do an excellent job at cooling down a room if used strategically. Place your fan in front of an open window during the evening to suck the cool air in and if you can, try to create a cross-breeze by opening another window or door on the opposite side of the room.

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Take a cold shower

Jumping in the shower is a great way to cool down instantly. Try to wet your hair, that way you'll stay cooler for longer.

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