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Vampire Appliances: Appliances That Are Costing You Money Without You Knowing It


As the cost of living rises, we are all looking for ways to reduce our expenses.

If you’ve noticed your electricity bill rising, power-hungry appliances could be wasting your money while you’re at work or asleep.

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They may look extinct, but looks can be deceiving.

“Some devices will continue to use electricity even when you’re not using them,” said Canstar Blue editor Christine Seib. Sunrise.

“It can add up to $100 to your electric bill a year.”

Anything turned on with a remote can cost you. Credit: Capelle.r/Getty Images

Canstar Blue crunched the numbers, ranking the most expensive devices by their annual standby power cost.

  1. Wireless modems top the list, costing up to $25 per year.
  2. Washing machines come in second at around $15 a year
  3. Game consoles are next at $13

But there are plenty of other energy guzzlers around the house.

“It can be anything remote-activated,” Seib said.

“Your microwave clock, your laptop charger may be hot.”

When you combine the total standby cost of each appliance in a household, you realize real savings.

Reduce your energy bill

Always turn off devices on the wall when not in use.

Experts say it’s a guaranteed way to ensure your electricity bill isn’t inflated by standby costs.

“Obviously it’s not always appropriate for every device, you might not want to turn off your internet every night,” Seib said.

“You probably don’t want to turn off your internet every night, but there are other ways.”

One of these ways is to use a smart board.

A “smart card” cuts power to devices when they enter sleep mode. Credit: Sunrise

They cost around $50 and are designed to minimize the power consumption of your devices.

According to tech commentator Geoff Quattromani, they do this by shutting off the power supply as soon as a device goes into sleep mode.

“This means that when your TV is off, all the speakers are connected to it, and the Blu-ray player is also completely off,” Quattromani said.

Smartboards can also be controlled via an app, allowing you to check that appliances are off, even when you’re away from home.

Small, inexpensive heaters can be some of the most expensive to run. Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

“All of those Google Home or Amazon Alexa compatible apps or even the Apple Home Kit can be controlled on your device, which means it’s connected to the internet but also now controllable, and that can be with timers or settings on /stop.”

You can also check out the Powerpal energy monitoring tool, which attaches to your smart meter and identifies electric hogs via an app on your phone.

Residents of Victoria may be eligible for a free device.

“On average, customers will save 5-15% if they have the knowledge,” Powerpal CEO Mitch Powell told 7NEWS.

A meter like Powerpal can help identify power-hungry devices. Credit: 7NEWS

“Your little fan heater that you buy for $20 is the worst,” he said.

Experts also recommend looking for energy-efficient appliances whenever possible and looking for the best energy deals.