It’s a bizarre habit that Aussies have in regards to power, with 23 per cent admitting they run the air conditioner with all the windows open and 57 per cent use their heating or cooling as a first resort instead of changing clothes.
But this is adding tens of thousands of dollars to households bill. Cooling one room, in contrast to the whole house, can save families between $361 and $1,232 on their yearly energy bill, according to Origin Energy.
An old air purifier could also cost around $446 more annually to operate than investing in a brand new and more efficient version.
It is not only pets receiving the luxury treatment with 35 per cent of Australians saying they turn on heating or cooling if not at home to maintain a preferred temperature for their pets.
Air conditioners should be set between 22C and 24C in summer, and each level above this recommended range could add 10 per cent to your electricity bill, found Origin Energy. Drying clothes on a washing line or clothes-horse can save families between $62 and $103 each year.