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Which products and appliances use the most energy?


Every household is different when it comes to which appliances they prefer and therefore which ones consume the most energy in any given year.

But now that energy prices in Australia are skyrocketing, you might want to pay close attention to your appliance choices.

Some consume a lot of energy and it is important to check this. It’s time to better manage and reduce your bills!

Which appliances consume the most energy?

On average, heating and cooling systems use the highest percentage of electricity in Australian homes.

According to Momentum Energy chief executive Lisa Chiba, heating and cooling systems account for around 40% of the energy consumption of the average Australian electricity bill.

In order to combat this, remember that each degree you turn up your heater, the more energy it uses. The same goes for every degree of cooling you turn down your air conditioner. Also try not to run these appliances overnight or when not absolutely necessary to reduce power consumption.

Does the refrigerator consume a lot of energy?

Yes, another big consumer of energy are the appliances in your home that are always on, like your refrigerator and freezer. These are said to account for around 13% of your overall energy consumption.

Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do about this, but make sure your appliances’ seals are in good condition so you don’t use more electricity than necessary.

You can also adjust the temperature on some refrigerators and freezers: the recommended temperature for a refrigerator is 3 degrees and between -15 to -18 degrees for a freezer. If the temperature is lower, you could use electricity unnecessarily.

Hot water systems also consume a lot of electricity, especially in winter when you take very long hot showers to escape the cold.

The best way to reduce the electricity used for showers is to simply reduce your shower time. This is most easily done with a shower timer or by setting a timer on your phone.

Washing machines and dryers also consume a lot of electricity. There are things you can do though, like opting for a cold wash when possible. Hot wash cycles can use up to ten times more electricity than a cold wash cycle!

You can also make sure that you only use your washing machine when you have a full load, instead of filling it halfway and wasting electricity. It may seem impossible to dry your clothes without a dryer during wet and cold seasons, but when possible, opt to hang your wet clothes and let them dry naturally, without using your dryer.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to reduce your energy consumption and hopefully save some money on your next bill.

Need more help reducing your energy bills?

If you want more energy-saving tips, this money-saving article might help you further reduce your electricity usage.

You might also consider researching other energy providers and other plans to see if you can save money by switching plans. For more information and advice on how to do this, see our energy homepage.