Ban to hit inefficient air-conditioners

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The sale of inefficient air-conditioners will be banned from next July in South Australia

Premier Mike Rann says it will not affect air-conditioners already installed.

“The inefficient air-conditioners we are talking about are costly for consumers and for the environment,” Mr Rann said from Copenhagen, where he chaired a meeting during the climate summit.

“[They] impose a cost burden on the whole community.

“That’s because the extra energy needed to power them means bigger power stations, bigger transmission boosters and bigger distribution lines, the cost of which is passed on to all consumers via bigger electricity bills.”

Mr Rann says SA will be first to have a ban and other states are expected to follow.

He says COAG committed to a further 10 per cent improvement in national energy efficiency requirements by October 2011, but South Australians will not have to wait that long.

He says the SA Government will contribute $200,000 to research and development of solar thermal air-conditioners for residential use.

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