People too afraid of bills to use their aircon
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.”