The Benefits of Energy Efficient Appliances to Your Electricity Bill
If you’re looking for ways to save on your electricity bill, changing to more energy efficient appliances may help.
According to the Australian Government’s Energy department, approximately 30% of home energy use is accounted for by appliances. By choosing energy efficient appliances, you can significantly reduce this figure and, therefore, reduce your electricity bill.
Additionally, the reduction in energy use helps to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. As such, energy efficient appliances are generally more environmentally friendly because they reduce the need for resources to power the appliances.
How to Choose Energy Efficient Appliances
There are a few things to consider when choosing energy efficient appliances, including:
- Which size and model are most suitable for your needs?
- What is its energy and water use compared to other models?
- What is the cost of running the appliance compared to other appliances?
Keep in mind, it’s usually a good idea to invest a little more in your energy efficient appliances rather than going for the cheapest model; after all, the energy savings will help you to save money in the long run.
Additionally, while buying second-hand can often be a more affordable option, older models of appliances tend to be less energy efficient and are closer to being at the end of their life-cycle, meaning you are more likely to have to buy a replacement appliance sooner than if you buy the appliance new.
Tips for Energy Efficient Appliances
- Fridge and Freezer – The colder you keep your fridge and freezer, the more energy it uses. Ideally, you should keep your fridge set between 3 to 4ºC, and your freezer between -15 and -18ºC.
- Washing Machine and Dryer – Using cold water options for your washing machine and opting for the use of a clothesline over your dryer can significantly reduce your energy use.
- Dishwasher – Try choosing a model that offers both hot and cold connections rather than just a hot connection. Additionally, most modern dishwashers have an eco-setting that uses less water and energy.
- Television – For the most part when it comes to TVs, the bigger the screen the more energy it uses. Try downsizing to reduce your energy bill.
Compare Energy Plans
If you’re not yet ready to switch to energy efficient appliances, one of the easiest ways you can reduce your electricity bill is by comparing energy plans and finding a plan with more competitive rates that is more suited to your needs. Compare today with Energy and Gas.