Extreme energy use to continue: Energex

Extreme energy use to continue: Energex

14 January 2013

Peak Demand Report for the week ending 11 January 2013

Energex recorded extreme levels of electricity use in South East Queensland last week and this high demand is expected to continue use as temperatures soar in the early part of this week.

With many people still on holidays, air-conditioners are likely to have lead to the increase in peak demand, with an average of 40 to 50 per cent of the residential network peak in Australia being attributed largely to air-conditioning use.

Energex’s Mike Swanston said the traditionally hottest parts of summer are ahead of us and there are simple things people can do to minimise household electricity use on these hot days.

“Last week’s heat saw high levels of power use across South East Queensland – and indeed across the rest of the country, with peak electricity use reaching extreme levels,” Mr Swanston said.

“There’s more hot weather forecast this week, so if you’re using your air-conditioner, make sure it’s set to the most energy efficient temperature of 24 degrees, and think about what other appliances you can turn off.”

Everyone can help reduce peak demand and their own electricity use at peak times when using their air-conditioner:

  • Close windows and blinds to help keep the hot air outside.
  • Don’t use the oven when using the air-conditioner: the heat will make the air-conditioner work harder to the home.
  • Turn off other appliances and minimise electricity use around the home.
  • Clean out air-conditioning filters which can improve efficiency by up to 10 per cent.
  • If you are buying a new air-conditioner, consider a PeakSmart option.

The latest Queensland Household Energy Survey reveals that comfort, leisure and entertainment choices are the key driving forces behind the way Queenslanders consume electricity.

Overall across South East Queensland, air-conditioning penetration is currently 71 per cent with an average of two units per household: that’s currently 1.75 million air-conditioners.

Forecasts show that more than one million additional air-conditioners will be installed in Queensland homes in the next five to six years with forecasts that by 2017 there will be 2.4 million air-conditioners in South East Queensland houses, units and apartments alone.

Throughout summer, Energex will be updating the South East Queensland community with a weekly Peak Demand Report. The latest update can be found here: http://www.energex.com.au/residential-and-business/peak-demand.

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