Australian pet owners could be coughing out up to $249 million over the winter months from leaving the heating on for their four-legged friend for hours each day, according to comparison site Mozo.
Its nationally representative survey into Australia’s winter heating habits found that one in 10 Australian households are leaving the heating on for hours every day to keep their furry friends cosy and warm while they’re out.
Mozo’s research found pet owners aged between 18 and 24 years old were three times more likely to leave the heating on for their pets throughout the day compared to those aged between 54 and 65 years old.
“Aussie’s penchant for running the heating for their pets while they’re not at home could be adding up to $263 to their winter energy bill,” Mozo director Kirsty Lamont said.
However, with energy bills already a major household concern and price hikes potentially on the way for residents in some states from 1 July, now is the time to act to avoid a big bill bite.
“Throwing in an extra blanket, hot water bottle or snuggle disk on those chillier days could go a long way to keeping your pet warm without blowing out your household energy bill,” Lamont said.