With Australians feeling the chill this winter, Savvy looks at what people are doing to save on home heating expenses and deal with soaring electricity prices.
- 70% of women say they will simply “wear more clothes” to avoid energy use
- 42% of total respondents will use appliances less
- 46% will “turn off lights when not in the room”
- 43% have considered changing energy providers due to value for money concerns
A representative survey of Australians about their energy use amid rising inflation paints a picture of a chilly winter for most as they desperately try to rein in spending on heating bills.
The survey of 1,003 people, across all demographics and locations in Australia and weighted for population, showed that 67% or two thirds of Australians would plan to “wear more clothes” to save on energy use this winter, when asked to identify their top three responses. Broken down by the two main genders, 70% of women identified this as a top response, compared to 64% of men.
As for other strategies 42% of the total said they would use their appliances more sparingly, and 46% would turn off lights when not in the room.
Huge energy bills were always on the cards as wholesale electricity prices skyrocketed by 141% this year – which retailers have had to pass on to consumers.
Adding to energy woes, The National Electricity Market was suspended by the Australian Energy Market Operator last month to ensure consistent electricity supply.
According to the survey, when asked their top three responses, 43% say that they are considering changing energy retailers as they are unhappy with the value for money, and 32% saying they’ve found more competitive rates elsewhere.
Savvy CEO Bill Tsouvalas says that loyalty to a certain retailer will cost consumers.
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Savvy – 2022 Cost of Living Survey – 2 (n = 1003)