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APPLIANCES / AIR CONDITIONING & HEATING

Australians Are 'Throwing Money Away'

By Oonagh Reidy | Thursday | 30/01/2014

50% of Aussies leave air-con on 1-4 hours A DAY.

But new research shows that Australians are unaware of how much it costs to run air-conditioning units, despite having them on for several hours, daily.

Almost 50% of those surveyed by LG leave their air-con on for 1-4 hours per day over the summer. Women are twice as likely as men to leave the air-con on for more than 8 hours a day.

In total, an estimated 9.2 million household units will be trying to keep the heat off this summer.

But 90% think air-con only accounts for between 1-30% of their energy bill. They are wrong. 

Especially if they're among the 60% of people who own an ageing unit.

"Over summer, if managed poorly, running your air-conditioning unit can account for up to 50-60% of your energy bill," warns Tim Wolfenden, from energy comparison website Make It Cheaper.

"Energy efficiency should really be the top priority these days. You might save upfront, but it can cost you further down the road."

One of the simplest tips is to maintain a room temperature of 25?C during summer. Every one degree difference adds around 10% to your air conditioning running costs, he says.

Ageing AC's are also a big reason for bigger energy bills. 62% of those surveyed owned AC units over 5 years old.

"Inverter air-conditioning units can be up to 30% more efficient than non-inverter based units" said Jennifer Osborne, Home Appliances Marketing Manager at LG.

"We would urge Australians to check the age and energy rating of their current unit and consider updating it if necessary. Investing on a more efficiently rated system you can save money in the long term."

LG's latest R Series split system air conditioners allow you to control your units from a smartphone, so you can switch it on before you get home.

Top Tips from the LG Air-Conditioning Academy include:

- Monitor your temperature gauge and remember that every increase of 1 degree can add up to 10% to the running cost of your unit

- Clean or replace your filter every 6 months. A clean filter will help ensure your air-conditioner is performing at its most efficient.

- Don't leave your air-conditioner on when you aren't at home. Consider purchasing a unit with remote control functionality like the LG 2013 R Series Split System Air Conditioners. (Wi-Fi dongle sold separately.)

- Avoid placing other heat emitting home appliances near your air-conditioner. It causes your unit to work even harder to cool the air around it, increasing its energy output.

- Shade your windows in summer with curtains, awnings, or shutters to reduce heat absorption. By keeping your house cooler your air-conditioner has less work to do.

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