Choosing energy efficient appliances for the home

Home appliances account for approximately 30% of household energy usage.

When it comes to choosing appliances for the home, it’s tempting to choose one at the cheaper end of the spectrum.

However your decision shouldn’t be based on price alone as a cheaper appliance may not save you any money in the long run, in fact it could cost you more in energy bills considering how much energy they could use.

This is not to say that cheaper appliances aren’t energy efficient, or that the most expensive appliance is the most energy efficient. Although you do want to consider price, don’t solely base your decision on price alone.

When it comes to energy efficient appliance benefits, they are not only good for your energy bills; it significantly reduces your carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions.

Tips for choosing energy efficient appliances:

  • Choose the right appliance for your household needs. Avoid going for bigger products or those with more features than you need and will likely ever use.
  • Compare the energy rating labels. All electrical appliances have energy rating labels and those that use water will also have water efficiency labels, which should be factored in to the amount of energy an appliance will use.
  • Consider a top loader washing machine. Top loaders allow you to run cold washes, which can be effective in reducing your energy usage.

A typical Australian households annual electricity bill is $1750. With energy prices continuing to rise, if you haven’t considered ensuring your appliances are energy efficient, you may want to start now!

The good news is, you can make considerable savings by choosing energy efficient appliances. Without changing much except for your appliances, you could stand to save around $1000 a year!

So you may have been wondering if you can afford that new appliance, but the question is; can you afford not to?







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