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.

Oh, and one last tip!

If you're looking to cut down your energy bill, take a look at our energy plans. We offer pay-on-time discounts on usage and supply that don't expire. Not bad, right? We can even jook you up with an obligation-free energy quote in less than a minute - so what's holding you back?

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