Air-conditioning a drain
THE steep increase in the use of air-conditioners in the Bundaberg region is one of the factors driving upgrades to the electricity network by provider Ergon Energy.
An Ergon spokesman said the use of home air-conditioners had now become the norm rather than the exception.
"We have obviously upgraded the network to cope with the increased use of air-conditioners and other appliances," he said.
The spokesman said the peak in electricity use was between 4pm and 8pm every day when consumers arrived home from work and switched on air-conditioners, began cooking meals and turned on their TVs.
"Based on the temperature that could be an even bigger peak," he said.
"On really hot days they will turn on an air-conditioner if they have them, on not-so-hot days they might leave it off."
He said the significant uptake in the use of air-conditioners was likely to continue.