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    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Qld ready for scorcher

    Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy
    The Honourable Dr Anthony Lynham

    Friday, February 09, 2018

    Qld ready for scorcher

    With another heatwave looming, Queensland’s electricity system is ready – but consumers can still beat the heat and the power bill.

    “Queensland has more than enough electricity, and reserves, to meet the anticipated demand over this very hot weekend,” Dr Lynham said.

    “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.

    “That reserve capacity alone is more than enough to power 1 million homes during peak demand.

    “But householders can still take some simple measures to manage their energy use during peak times.”

    • 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.

    Other tips include:

    • 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.

    For further information also visit AEMO’s safety tips for summer at http://energylive.aemo.com.au/Editors-Picks/Energy-facts-and-safety-tips-for-summer

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