Summer Conservation Tips
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Hotter than usual summer temperatures could Graph indicating the number of days the temperature reached or exceed 30 degrees Celsius in summer months 2013 through 2016mean higher than usual electricity bills.

2016 was a record setting summer for hot temperatures. In May, June, July and August there were 35 days during which the temperature reached or exceeded 30°C. In 2015, during the same three month period, there were 11 days; in 2014, only two days reached 30°C; and in 2013, only 16 days were that hot.

Energy usage climbs substantially during periods of hot weather, especially for those customers who use air conditioning, dehumidifiers or have a pool. Also, appliances such as refrigerators and freezers work harder to maintain temperature under these conditions.

Summer Electricity Saving Tips

Use these tips to help mitigate the impact and better manage your electricity costs during a summer experiencing hotter than usual temperatures:

Programmable thermostat set to 26 degrees Celsius   If you have air conditioning, use a programmable thermostat to turn off or increase your home temperature when you are away or during on-peak price periods.
Ceiling Fan   As an alternative to air conditioning, use ceiling and portable fans to circulate the air when you are in the room - they cost pennies to operate and can provide comfort in spaces that are not air conditioned.
Night Sky   On cool nights, open the windows and use bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to help remove warm air from inside your home. Be sure to clean exhaust fans regularly to keep them running efficiently and prevent overheating.
Microwave Oven   Whenever possible, use the microwave, toaster oven or barbecue.
Umbrella Clothesline   Use a clothesline or clothes rack to dry your clothes instead of a dryer.
Closed Window Blinds   Use curtains or blinds to shade windows during hot sunny days.
LED Light Bulbs   Use solar outdoor lighting for landscaping, and change incandescent light bulbs to LED light bulbs.
ENERGY STAR logo   Put your swimming pool pump on a timer and consider upgrading to an ENERGY STAR® certified unit.

Summer Water Saving Tips

Reducing water consumption can also help lower your household costs. Here are a few tips to consider:

Rain Barrel   Use rain barrels to collect and store rainwater from your rooftop, which can be used for watering plants and gardens.
Water Jug   Keep a jug of drinking water in the fridge instead of running the tap until the water is cold.
Lawn Mower   Don't cut grass too short; leave clippings on your lawn to work as mulch and retain moisture.
Low-Flow Shower Head   Install low-flow shower heads and reduce time spent in the shower.
Lawn Sprinkler   Minimize lawn watering. If you have to water your lawn, do it in the evening or early morning for less evaporation. During the summer your lawn only needs 2.5 cm of water per week.