25 May 2012
Winter may officially still be a week away but the cold snap is well and truly here, and Energex is encouraging South East Queenslanders to keep their energy use in check while staying warm and safe this winter.
Energex’s Mike Swanston urged residents to consider the environment before switching on heating appliances, particularly bar and oil heaters, which can use more than the power of reverse cycle air conditioners.
“Heaters, electric blankets and long hot showers can add significantly to winter power bills, with some South East Queensland homes that still use energy-intensive appliances spending hundreds of dollars on heating each winter,” Mr Swanston said.
“Household power use can be reduced significantly by simply putting on some warm clothing, adding a few blankets on the bed and blocking any drafts in their home rather than using heating devices.
“A well-maintained reverse-cycle air-conditioner is the most efficient way of warming a room.”
Mr Swanston said electrical and fire safety should also be top of mind, with heating appliances having the potential to cause serious injuries such as electric shocks, fires, and even death if they’re not used correctly.
“As with all electrical items, heaters and electric blankets can become damaged if they’re not stored correctly, so it’s essential that people check for signs such as frayed wires and damaged plugs before they switch them on,” he said.
“The best place for a faulty electrical appliance is in the repair shop or in the rubbish. Just remember: If in doubt, throw it out.
“Heaters and electric blankets should always be switched off before you leave the room or go to sleep, and children should never be left unsupervised with these appliances running.
“Never place heaters near combustible items such as curtains or clothes, as they may catch on fire, and never use heaters in wet areas such as bathrooms.”
Energex’s winter electrical safety tips
Energex’s winter energy efficiency tips
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