- A humble house becomes like an ‘oven’, with indoor temperatures exceeding 51 degrees in a single house during the summer.
- Some rely on portable air conditioners to double their utility bills and save on essentials.
- Better Renting is calling on governments to take steps to keep renters safe as temperatures, energy costs and rents rise.
“Hell” was a common description of their home during the summer months.
Future summers are likely to be hotter, with heat waves more frequent, more severe, and longer lasting.
According to 77 renter researchers across Australia who tracked heat and humidity, indoor temperatures were above 25 degrees Celsius for more than nine hours a day, averaging above 30 degrees Celsius for one hour a day.
And while more homeowners benefit from cheaper power from rooftop solar in the summer and winter, renters tend to miss it.
“Our residents use local pubs and pokeys to escape the heat of the night,” she said.
The second highest Boxing Day score of 46.4 degrees was recorded in New South Wales. Northern Tenants in his territory spent almost all of his time above 25 degrees.
ACT renters, where access to built-in air conditioning is more common, most often recorded healthy indoor temperatures.
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/cooked-from-above-in-shoddy-housing-amid-energy-shock/j1omka75d How rising temperatures, energy costs and rising rents are hitting renters