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46 degrees in Adelaide.
45 degrees in Melbourne.
Thousands left without power in Victoria.
Hospitals postposing surgeries in South Australia.
Some weather we’re having!
The summer heat is back with a vengeance, and this time it might really hurt.
We’re talking about things like blackouts, personal suffering, and even death.
So far we’ve lost 20,000 native bats, the speckled flying fox, but there’s a real threat to human life as well.
Let’s take a look at what Aussies might be in for in this latest heat wave, and then offer up the solutions you’re entitled to.
All across the country thermostats have been shooting up like nobody’s business, leading to record temperatures all across the country.
People are getting cooked left, right and centre.
Adelaide just had it’s hottest ever day on record, clocking in at a disgusting 46.2 degrees.
The rest of South Australia has been fearing about as badly, with Port Lincoln, Snowtown, and Parafield all hitting temperature of over 45 degrees.
Elsewhere in the country, the thermostats are under just as much pressure.
Victoria hasn’t been spared, with Mildura going well over 40-degree temperatures as well.
All and all, these temperatures are positively scorching, leading to a population in dire need of a glass of water.
Not only that but there have been some severe consequences.
In Victoria, the heat wave has put real pressure on regular Aussie families.
3AW reported that 3,000 homes have been left without power in the middle of the heatwave, meaning no AC, and food getting warm in the freezer.
This isn’t very good news when you’re stuck in sweltering heat and in desperate need of some relief.
Rolling blackouts as a result of heat waves have been a problem in the past, particularly in South Australia.
Massive surges in energy are responsible, as people crank up the AC in order to combat the heat.
Unfortunately, there is no end in sight to the heatwave.
The heat affects our wonderful native wildlife as well.
Due to the heat, over 1000 animals will be culled.
This is on top of the 20,000 native flying foxes that were already wiped out in our recent blistering temperatures.
This sort of weather doesn’t just harm animals.
In the previous decade, 2000 to 2009, heatwaves cost the lives of over 500 Australians.
With the way temperatures have been ticking upwards for the past ten years you couldn’t be blamed for wondering if this might get worse.
The bad news is that heat waves can really hit you in the pocket.
Think about the mechanics of trying to get some relief from the heat.
You’ll crank your AC up beyond its normal setting, sucking more energy from the grid, and costing you more.
When you’re in your own home, you’re entitled to be comfortable, so it’s not your fault.
However, the big energy retailers have been jacking up the price of electricity year after year for the past ten years.
So this heat wave is great news for the big energy companies but bad news for Australian families.
The heatwave will burn your pocket in other ways, too.
You might want to take a dip in the pool, and we all know that running a pool cleaner can really add significant amounts of strain to your budget.
All in all, this is a pretty dire situation.
We know there’s a massive heat wave.
We know there’s not much we can do about it.
And we know this might hurt.
And we know this will hit you in the pocket.
What you could do to help yourself is find a better deal on your electricity, so you end up spending less trying to survive the heat.
Electricity Monster can help you get a sharper rate on your electricity, by comparing the retailers in your area to our list of partner providers.
Give us a call today on 1300 232 848.