Peo­ple too afraid of bills to use their air­con

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

PORT Dou­glas and Moss­man res­i­dents are brac­ing for sum­mer bill shock with a con­sumer re­searcher’s sur­vey re­veal­ing that over half a mil­lion Queens­land house­holds plan to cut back on spend­ing to af­ford their sum­mer en­ergy bill, with 54 per cent say­ing the cost of en­ergy will af­fect how long they use the air con­di­tioner this sum­mer.

Laura Crow­den, spokesper­son for iS­elect which com­mis­sioned the Galaxy poll, said that “dur­ing the sum­mer, keep­ing air-con­di­tion­ers run­ning around the clock and the ex­tra en­ergy con­sumed by kids at home dur­ing the school hol­i­days us­ing TVs and com­put­ers can re­sult in sum­mer en­ergy bill shock.

“But if you sim­ply use the air-con­di­tioner a bit less, you may be dis­ap­pointed to dis­cover that your en­ergy bill hasn’t de­creased as much as you had hoped.

“This is be­cause for most Queens­land house­holds a large por­tion of the en­ergy bill is ac­tu­ally made up of net­work charges and other vari­ables not as­so­ci­ated with us­age.”

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