Managing electricity demand during peak periods

Managing electricity demand in hot weather

A few small changes will make a big difference.

When the weather is very hot, our electricity system comes under heavy demand which can sometimes lead to a loss of power.

To help avoid or minimise disruptions, there are some simple steps we can all do to conserve electricity.

Remember to turn off lights and fans when you leave a room. Simple, but really effective.
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Remember to turn off lights and fans when you leave a room. Simple, but really effective.


Run your air conditioning at 24-27 degrees. It’s a comfortable compromise.
Aircon
Run your air conditioning at 24-27°C. It’s a comfortable compromise.

Make sure your pool pumps are set to run at night, when electricity demand is lower.
Pool pump
Make sure your pool pumps are set to run at night, when electricity demand is lower.

In the heat, demand peaks between 2pm and 6pm so that’s when to avoid using non-essential appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.
Peak demand
In the heat, demand peaks between 2pm and 6pm so that’s when to avoid using non-essential appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and dryers.

There are a number of other things we can do, which will reduce demand even further and save money at the same time.

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Air conditioning

  • Make sure your aircon filters are clean. Clogged filters mean your system will use more power.
  • Don’t sleep under a doona – use a sheet. This will significantly reduce your cooling needs.
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Fridge

  • Consider turning off any spare fridge or bar fridge. If possible, transfer the contents into your main fridge.
  • Set your fridge’s temperature between 3°C and 5°C and your freezer between -15°C and -18°C.
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Dishwasher

  • Only switch on the dishwasher when full and use the economy cycle.
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Hot water

  • Set your hot water system thermostat between 60˚C to 65˚C for optimal energy efficiency.
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Washing machine

  • Wash your clothes on cold. Use an economical or shorter cycle, and always wash a full load.
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Dryer

  • In the hot weather, hang clothes outside instead of using a dryer.
  • If you have to use a dryer, set it on ‘warm’ rather than ‘hot’. It takes a little longer but uses less energy.
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Pool

  • Many pool owners run their pool pumps for longer than necessary. Check with a professional to make sure you’re not wasting power and money.