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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh
    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    New wind blows for energy efficient air-conditioning

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning
    The Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe

    Wednesday, June 24, 2009

    New wind blows for energy efficient air-conditioning

    Queensland will lead the nation when a ban on the sale and installation of inefficient air-conditioning units comes into effect on September 1.

    From that date all new or replacement air-conditioners must have a minimum tested average energy efficiency ratio (EER) of 2.9 – or equivalent to 4 stars - on a current energy rating label to be sold or installed.

    Premier Anna Bligh said the ban would result in significant savings to the state’s electricity network.

    “This is not only about getting more and more Queensland households to get greener but it means a reduction on the costs inefficient air-conditioners pose to our electricity network,” Ms Bligh said.

    “Every time an air-condition unit is installed, it costs our network up to $5,000 – the more efficient we can make these units the less the costs to our network and the less it costs every electricity customer.

    “By introducing higher standards for air-conditioner energy use early we have a great opportunity to get ahead of the summer rush.

    “Air-conditioners and space heaters are estimated to use more than a quarter (27 per cent) of total household energy in a typical Queensland home.

    “Using the air-con is a way of life for many people but leads to constant demands for more energy infrastructure and a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions.

    “According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of Queensland households with air-conditioners has more than doubled - from around 32 per cent in 1994 to over 67 per cent of households in 2008.

    “If we want to build a greener future for Queensland, the change has to start at home.”

    Minister for Infrastructure and Planning Stirling Hinchliffe said currently air-conditioners can be sold and installed with a minimum EER of 2.5 which equates to a star rating of 2.5.

    “A target of Towards Q2: Tomorrow’s Queensland is to cut the state’s carbon footprint by a third and these measures will reduce electricity use,” Mr Hinchliffe said.

    “Across Queensland, the new minimum EER is estimated to save around 12,500 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year - and that’s equivalent to around 2900 cars off the road annually - and collectively save Queenslanders over $1.7 million on their annual electricity bills.

    “These savings have been calculated based on an average 600 hours of use each year and the new electricity charges of 17.13c/kWh.

    “This move by the government will also advantage local manufacturers who meet the new standard and cut down on the installation of cheaper, often imported units.

    “On average the price of more efficient air-conditioning units is comparable to those less efficient models.

    “Queensland’s initiative complements the national Minimum Energy Performance Standards which ensure that inefficient air-conditioners cannot be sold in Australian markets.

    “Queenslanders should exercise caution when looking to buy an air-conditioner at the winter sales and make sure they know what the tested average EER of the unit is.”

    Media Contact: Minister’s Office 3224 4600