According to the Department of the environment and energy, household appliances generally account for over 30% of your energy bill #MindBlown.
The older the appliance is, the more likely it is to burn through large amounts of energy and increase that dollar-figure on your bill.
So you’ve received your energy statement and jeez it’s looking pretty steep. You had a blissful three months of having no worries and nothing to pay, but now you’ve been hit with a bad case of bill shock.
Before you start on the accusations about which housemate left the air con on all day, consider how much energy you might be consuming without realising it. There are many ways you may be using up unnecessary energy in the house.
As newer and more energy-efficient appliances come onto the market, it’ll become much easier to keep a lid on your energy usage and bills. For now however, it's important to have an understanding on which appliances may be in need of updating as well as tips on conserving energy in the home.
You’re probably aware of the Energy Star Rating we have in Australia. This rating system has been around for decades and provides a simple way to see at a glance which appliance is more efficient than another of the same size.
Remember that the rating system was updated in recent years to accommodate the steady improvement of energy usage standards in appliances. So if you have an outdated fridge that was 3.0 stars, unfortunately according to the new rating, that fridge may now only be 1.5 stars out of 10.
While you might be tempted to purchase cheaper appliances, they’re probably the highest in terms of energy usage. Spend a little more now on an energy-efficient model of the same capacity and you’ll save plenty in the long run.
Operating 24 hours, 7 days a week, the fridge takes first place as the biggest energy drainer appliance in your house. The older makes aren’t nearly as friendly for your energy bill as the newbies. If your current fridge has passed its 10th birthday, you may want to start thinking about a new one.
To operate at its best, fridges need tender loving care. Well, not exactly, but there are some tips you can implement to ensure you’re not overworking it unnecessarily. Start by placing your fridge away from heat sources such as stoves or heaters and steer clear of placing hot food in the fridge straight away. Don’t forget to regularly check the fridge seal isn’t faulty or dirty as this will definitely cause the motor to overwork.
If you’re still busting out with a top loader washing machine, it may be time for an upgrade. Front loaders are known for using less water and being more energy-efficient than their top loading counterparts.
To save on energy when washing, use cold washes whenever possible and aim to only wash when you have a full load to do; a half load will still use the same amount of energy as a whole one – unless it has a fancy schmancy load-sensing feature.
These devices can rack up the cost of an energy bill by a surprising amount. As technology continues to develop and provide us with goodies such as 24/7 internet access and giant flat screens, energy usage is more likely to increase in this area.
But you can still treat yo’self and upgrade your old TV with an energy-efficient LED make. There’s no point having an inferior, ancient TV set when you could have one that’s energy-efficient and high definition – talk about win-win!
Remember to switch off at the power point when you’re using the device – standby mode uses wasteful amounts of precious energy that you just don’t need showing up on your statement.
Older makes of microwaves are a prime example of an energy drain. The improvement in technology means that, in contrast, the newer models of microwaves are incredibly energy-efficient. If your microwave is over 10 years old or is showing aging performance, look for an energy saver replacement.
Microwaves are a fairly inexpensive appliance to replace, so your savings won’t be dented too much by an excessive charge. To conserve energy, thaw frozen food in the fridge and unplug the microwave when it’s not in use.
By simply switching to newer, more energy-efficient appliances, you’ll be able to save precious dollars on your power bill each month. It’s time to organise a shopping trip!