With another heatwave looming, the State Government says Queensland’s electricity system is ready.
The independent Australian Energy Market Operator forecasts that Queensland will have more than 2000 megawatts of generation in reserve over the coming week, despite the heatwave forecast.
But here’s some tips to help you stay cool and cut power costs:
• Set air conditioners to 24 degrees which is the best balance of energy efficiency and cooling comfort. Every degree of extra cooling can increase energy consumption by around 5-10 per cent.
• Seal gaps and close doors, windows and curtains to cool rooms quicker.
• If you haven’t already, clean your air conditioner filter.
• Turn off your second fridge or freezer;
• Wash laundry in cold water and do the laundry outside of 4pm to 8pm (peak demand);
• Run the dishwasher outside of 4pm to 8pm (peak demand);
• Defrost your freezer regularly. The frost build up should never exceed a thickness of 6mm. A fuller freezer prevents heavy icing;
• Use your clothesline instead of your dryer;
• Ensure the seals on your fridge are clean and in good working order to stop cold air getting out; and
• When not in use, switch off appliances, including TVs, computers and game consoles, rather than leaving them on standby.
And remember this weekend, to check on elderly neighbours, drink plenty of water regularly and plan your day to keep activity to a minimum during the hottest part of the day.
Similarly, taking frequent cool showers or baths – or even splashing your face and the back of your neck with cool water – can go a long way towards alleviating the effects of hot weather.
Also keep an eye on small kids and pets.
Watch for Symptoms be aware of the heat stress warning signs such as headaches, nausea, dizziness or fainting, weakness, irritability, thirst and heavy sweating.
If you notice a person with an elevated body temperature, flushed dry skin, a rapid pulse, headache, disorientation or loss of consciousness, they need urgent treatment.
If you suspected someone is suffering a heat-related illness seek help immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).