Stay cool this summer without the high electricity bill

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Published November 4th, 2017

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Australia has had eight record breaking hot summers in the last 15 years, according to the Climate Council. If that wasn’t enough to make you sweat, this year electricity prices have gone up  20 per cent, that’s an extra $400 a year in some states.  

So what can you do? Temperatures are rising but so is your electricity bill.  Your air conditioner alone costs approximately $222 over the summer. *

The hot summer days and sticky nights don’t have to be distressing or unpleasant.  Before you sacrifice your air conditioner, follow our guide to keep your cool and be comfortable all summer long without the high power bill.

Keep your air conditioner fine-tuned

Think of your air conditioner as you would your car.  With regular servicing and cleaning, your car runs more efficiently and means fewer trips to the expensive mechanic.  

  • Keep your air conditioner maintained and clean.  
  • Check and regularly clean your air filter (monthly).  You may need to change it every three months;
  • Check the outside filter too but make sure you turn off the power first.  

A dirty air conditioner works harder than normal, using much more energy to run – which costs you more.  And like your car, your air conditioner will last longer if it is cleaned and maintained often.

Hot outside, hot inside

The hotter it is outside, the harder your air conditioner works. It uses more electricity to keep your house cool and comfortable.  Keeping your blinds and curtains drawn when the sun is hitting your windows will reduce the heat coming in and help with your power bill.  It works the same as the windscreen shades for your car and minimises the heat inside your house.

Time your comfort

Don’t leave the air conditioner on all day – take advantage of your air conditioner’s timer and energy saving features when possible.  Set it on a timer so when you get home your house is cool and comfortable. At night put it on sleep mode to get a better night’s rest or consider using a fan with an open window.

Capitalise on the sun’s free energy – install a smart solar battery system

Smart solar battery systems, such as Reposit, let you use energy the way you want while still lowering your power bill.  Blast the air conditioner when you want without the added cost to your electricity bill.

Working with your solar panels, a smart solar battery system can predict how much electricity your panels will create, and will know when to store this in your battery to lower your power bills.

Some electricity plans charge different prices at different times throughout the day for using energy.  A smart solar battery, will store the electricity generated from your solar panels in your battery for you to use at night when electricity is most expensive.

When your solar battery is full and your solar panels are producing more energy than your household is using, any energy you use at home during this time is essentially free.

Investing in a smart solar battery with Reposit will save you money while letting you enjoy your air conditioner, day or night.  You can sit back and relax, and you won’t have to stress about your upcoming power bills.

To find out more about our smart solar batteries, or to get in touch, give one of our friendly staff a call.  We can help you find the right system for your home to help you maximise your savings without compromising on your comfort.

*Based on a split-system air conditioner, over three months at three hours per day.

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