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Here are the major appliances sucking up all the power in your home

Here are the major appliances sucking up all the power in your home

09 Dec 2017
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They lurk in the night. They thirst for your power. They strike you where it hurts the most. This summer, no one is safe from… the vampire appliances.

OK, maybe we’re being a bit dramatic. But the impact that some household items can have on your electricity bill really can be terrifying - but fear not, as in this post we’re going to:

  • Call out some of the worst offenders
  • Explain why they’re so thirsty for power
  • And provide you with some garlic advice so you can reduce their electricity appetite

Let’s slay some vampire appliances.

the fridge

You knew this guy was going to get a mention.

Even though it uses significantly fewer watts than many other items, including coffee machines and hair straighteners, this vampire is awake all night and day. So you can bet your bottom dollar your fridge is a generous contributor to that figure on your power bill.

The average fridge uses 1-2kWh per day, or 495kWh over a year. This appliance could be costing you about $110 each year.

What you can do about it:

  • Invest in a high-quality model with a 4 or 5-star energy rating and moderate consumption (your fridge is always on and should last many years, so the initial outlay is worth it)
  • Some models also come with a power saver switch – look out for this when shopping around
  • Choose the right model for your needs – for example, don’t supersize your fridge unless you need to (your wallet will thank you for it later)
  • Set your fridge and freezer to reasonable temperatures (that’s 3°C and -18°C, respectively)
  • Keep the space behind your fridge dust-free and ventilated so it can operate at maximum efficiency

the clothes dryer

Ah, yes, the clothes dryer. Or Count Drycula, if you will.

Generating heat requires a lot of power, which is why your toaster or hair dryer would be on this list if they weren’t so quick to use. With dryers running on much longer cycles, they can be a huge drain on your electricity.

The average clothes dryer uses 3-9kWh per cycle. This could be costing you $1-$2 each cycle.

What you can do about it:

  • Hang your clothes to dry whenever possible
  • Buy an energy-efficient model if you need to use it frequently
  • Never overload your clothes dryer
  • Dry your clothes during off-peak hours if this is an option for you

the air-conditioner

Waiting ‘one more day’ before you start using the air-con in summer is pretty much an Australian tradition. Although, some of us start cranking the cool air in early spring (guilty!).

In any case, air-conditioning is quite likely taking a decent toll on your power bill. You can’t just alter the climate of a whole room (or house) without consequences. Sorry.

The average air-conditioner uses 200-1,800kWh per month, depending on model and usage. This could be costing you $45-$400 each month while you’re using it.

What you can do about it:

  • Choose a split-system model
  • Set it to an energy-efficient temperature (25-27°C)
  • Program your unit to pull back or turn off during the middle of the night
  • Resist turning it on until it’s absolutely necessary
  • Use simpler cooling methods (like ceiling fans and heavy curtains) to reduce your reliance

the television

The TV is almost certainly not the top culprit on your list of energy drainers.

But it could still be one of your home’s vampire appliances – especially when you consider the power-hungry gang it hangs out with. When you add a set-top box, DVD player, gaming console and/or sound system to the mix, your TV hours could definitely have some explaining to do when your next electricity bill rolls around.

The average 4-star-energy-rating TV uses about 340kWh per year. This could be costing you $80-$100 each year.

What you can do about it:

  • Buy an energy-efficient TV
  • Turn the TV off at the wall while you’re asleep or at work (those standby hours can stack up!)
  • Do the same for your other entertainment appliances

a quick note

It's important to note that the figures here are approximates. Your household's figures could vary hugely based on you appliance models and usage habits. Keep this in mind when shopping for new appliances or using any of the advice we've listed above.

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winter energy

5 Ways to Reduce Winter Energy Usage

10 May 2020

Many of us watch our energy bills creep up during the peak of winter, but a warm home doesn’t have to go hand in hand with a massive power bill. These energy saving tips will help you discover how to save electricity in winter. Try our seasonal winter home energy saving tips and keep your energy bill manageable.

1. Stay old school, where possible

Being able to walk around your home without having to wear a lot of layers or carry a blanket is a wonderful luxury in winter. However, there’s a certain vintage charm to getting warm under a heavy blanket while the air outside your cosy blanket haven is still chilly.

Keeping things old school as much as you can, pulling out thermals, putting on socks, and cuddling up for warmth during a Netflix session, are some of our favourite power saving tips for winter.

Smart Home Devices

2. Go smart

Not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about how to lower an electricity bill in winter, but smart devices can help you save heaps when it comes to your power bill.

If you use household heating, a programmable smart thermostat can save households up to $180 per year in heating and cooling costs, according to Energy Star. Some of these smart home devices can even be operated from smartphones, for when you just don’t want to leave the warmth of your blanket.

Who would have thought having an awesome home automation setup would bring your energy bill down!

Standby Power

3. Upgrade to energy efficient appliances

Just like choosing smart devices to save power, you can upgrade to energy-efficient appliances to save power too.

In Australia, most household appliances are rated according to their energy efficiency. Since efficient appliances use less electricity, they’re way cheaper to run. Of course, you don’t need to toss out your washing machine, dryer, fridge, microwave, and kettle just to save electricity in winter.

If you have an appliance that’s costing you a lot to run, it might actually save you money in the long run to buy a new, more efficient replacement.

Look up the energy ratings for all your big appliances (and small ones too if you can) and find any that could do with replacing.

4. Switch to energy-efficient light bulbs

Energy-efficient bulbs are a no-brainer when it comes to ways to save money on electricity in winter. In fact, you should use these bulbs throughout the year to keep your electricity bill down, no matter the season.

These efficient bulbs use less power to produce the same amount of light. They also last longer than traditional bulbs.

If you feel like splurging, check out smart bulbs, they can be controlled by your phone as well as being energy efficient, neat! The savings from swapping these bulbs alone aren't massive, but every little bit adds up when you know you’ll spend more power heating your home in winter.

5. Build up the washing pile

There’s no point in chucking on two jumpers and a pair of jeans into the washing machine during winter, how dirty could they really be? Before doing a load of washing or drying make sure you have a full basket.

It’s no secret that the washing machine and dryer chew up the most electricity in your house. Don’t let the chilly season increase your wash load because of the more layers of clothing being added to the basket.

Follow these simple tips on how to save electricity in winter and you should hopefully see some great results during the cold season.

Reducing your energy usage all year long will help you get in the mindset before June even comes around or if you want to be even more prepared for when summer rolls around.