Appliances account for about 30% of energy use in the average home. It’s not too surprising when you think about the fridges, freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, dishwashers, TVs, home entertainment systems, computers, laptops and other devices we have in our homes.
Five top tips for saving energy
- When not in use, switch off appliances at the wall (this can save 10%)!
- Set the thermostat of your fridge to the most efficient setting; your fridge should be set at 3° to 5° and your freezer at -15° to -18°.
- Whenever possible, dry your clothes on a clothes line instead of in a clothes-dryer.
- Run your washing machine only on full loads.
- Keep the oven door closed – every time you open the door the temperature in the oven drops by around 5 – 15 degrees.
Before you buy
The best time to improve the energy efficiency of your appliances is before you buy them, so here are some things to think about when buying appliances…
Do I really need it? The sun and a clothesline, and an indoor drying rack for wet weather, have almost no cost compared to a clothes dryer which could cost anywhere between $20 and $200 a year to run. A second fridge or third TV may be unnecessary. Without that extra appliance, think of the savings in buying and running costs, and its environmental impact from manufacture, use and disposal.
If you do need it, choose the right size. A large model with the same star rating as a smaller model uses more energy, costs more to run and generates more greenhouse gas.
Purchase the most efficient appliance available by choosing the highest rating product. Visit the Energy Rating website for more information.