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Why Tenants Are Feeling the Brunt of the ‘Heatwave QLD’ This Summer

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Heatwave QLD Renters Feeling the Heat

As heat waves move across the country, Queenslanders are requesting energy upgrades to mitigate the impact of scorching temperatures.

During the past month, along with extremely high temperatures, the Sunshine State has experienced a tropical cyclone, damaging floods, strong winds, and numerous harsh storm surges. With temperatures approaching 40 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology has issued heatwave QLD alerts along with heavy rainfall throughout the state.

Heatwave QLD Extreme Weather Conditions Impact on Residents Who Rent

“Many times, the worst quality homes are occupied by renters,” stated Luke Reade, who is a climate scientist and also the president of the Energetic Communities Association.

“Extreme heat is a major cause of deaths and tenants have very little power to improve the efficiency, comfort, and resilience of their homes,” Mr Reade commented.

Mr. Reade cautioned that “only with legislation will tenants receive a fair agreement” as property owners are hesitant to “permit even rudimentary improvements when requested”.

Paul Worroll, managing director of Reddog Architects said that a lot of people have to use the air conditioner because they have no other option.

Mr. Worroll also asked, “What if power is too costly or inaccessible due to a blackout? Our house is not equipped for it.”

Recently over the Christmas break, Queensland witnessed its most severe power failure since 1985, affecting half a million homes in Central Queensland. Residents in the south-east region of the state endured 5 to 10 days of power outages due to the relentless severe storms battering the Gold Coast.

Dr Gill Armstrong, a senior project manager at the Climateworks Centre, suggests that upgrading old houses with high-quality insulation is an effective strategy to deal with the anticipated rise in extreme weather in the coming decades.

“During extreme conditions, it’s your home that safeguards you,” stated Dr Armstrong. “The construction method of your house is as crucial for enhanced performance as the efficiency of the built-in appliances and the presence of solar panels on the rooftop.”

According to Dr Armstrong: “Our studies indicate that typical Queensland homes could accumulate annual savings of $2,600 if they employ various measures such as insulating ceilings, walls, and floors; making sure that windows are properly fitted and draught-proofed; replacing gas appliances with efficient electric ones; and deploying rooftop solar installations.”

In the end, Mr Worroll emphasized that designing for every unpredictable event is “not possible”. Nonetheless, he insisted that robust communities are a result of good design.

“Mr Worroll stated that the occurrence of heavy downpours and floods is on the rise and there’s an intensification of heatwaves; therefore, modifications in our designs, building materials, and construction methods are required.”

“Making houses energy-efficient is part of this adaptive process,” he concluded.

Smart Summer Heatwave QLD Strategies for Tenants to Stay Cool

The extreme heatwave QLD weather conditions can make life difficult for tenants, but some steps can be taken to alleviate the impact. By being prepared for severe weather events, practicing energy-saving techniques, and maintaining their home, tenants can make the most of their summer in Queensland.

Air Conditioners and Fans

With high temperatures and humidity, air conditioners are a must-have in Queensland homes. However, running these appliances can lead to high energy bills, putting a strain on tenants’ budgets. To combat this, tenants can try energy-saving techniques such as using fans, closing curtains during the day, and setting air conditioners to a higher temperature.

Air conditioners are a necessity in Queensland homes, but they can also be a source of frustration for tenants. If an air conditioner is not functioning properly, it can make the extreme weather conditions even more unbearable. Tenants should report any issues with their air conditioner to their landlord or property manager immediately to ensure it is fixed promptly.

Smart Summer Heatwave QLD Air Conditioning to Stay Cool

Air Conditioning Efficiency:

  • Regularly service and clean air conditioning units to ensure optimal performance.
  • Set thermostats at energy-efficient temperatures to balance comfort and energy savings.

Ceiling Fans and Free-Standing Fans:

  • Utilize ceiling fans to enhance air circulation and cooling in living spaces.
  • Place free-standing fans strategically to promote airflow and cool specific areas.

Evaporative Coolers:

  • Consider the use of evaporative coolers as an energy-efficient alternative to traditional air conditioners.
  • Regularly clean and maintain evaporative coolers for optimal cooling efficiency.

Effective Window Coverings:

  • Install blinds or curtains to block out direct sunlight during peak heat hours.
  • Opt for light-colored window coverings to reflect, rather than absorb, heat.

Pool Enjoyment:

  • Take advantage of communal or personal pools to cool off during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Practice water-saving measures when using pools to contribute to environmental conservation.

Pet Comfort:

  • Ensure pets have access to shaded areas and provide them with ample water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid walking pets on hot surfaces during peak temperatures to protect their paws.

Energy-Saving Practices:

  • Turn off lights, electronics, and appliances when not in use to reduce heat generation.
  • Consider using energy-efficient bulbs and appliances to minimize electricity consumption.

By incorporating these tips into their routine, tenants can not only weather the ‘Heatwave QLD’ more comfortably but also contribute to a more sustainable and enjoyable summer living experience in Queensland.”

Senior Property Manager Leigh Johnson

 

If you are one of our Property Brokerage tenants facing challenges this summer, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Senior Property Manager Leigh Johnson for assistance by calling 0447 082 099 or email her at rentals@propertybrokerage.com.au. Together, we can weather the storm and make the most of this beautiful state.

 

 

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