Estimated yearly energy savings

Depending on where you live, you could knock $100s off your yearly energy spend.

Heating and cooling

   

Saving by state

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When it gets really chilly, use a heated electric throw instead of a portable heater - it'll keep you cosy and you could save. Based on using a 150 watt heated throw rug at a maximum setting of 20℃ instead of a 1,000 watt portable heater for 5 hours a day on days with lows of 12℃ or lower. $226 $142 $89 $283 $312
Use your air conditioner for an hour less on hot days. Based on a 7.7 kW capacity air conditioner (2.42 kW input) used for 5 hours with the thermostat set at 24℃ on days with temperatures over 28℃. $31
$35 $100 $82 $41
Use your ceiling fans for twice as long as your air conditioner on days over 28℃. Based on using a 65 watt ceiling fan for 10 hours a day, compared to a 7.5 kW capacity air conditioner (2.42 kW input) with the thermostat set at 24℃ for 5 hours a day on days with temperatures over 28℃. $85 $75 $187 $178 $100
Set some ground rules - try using your air conditioner only with the temperature goes over 30℃. Based on a 7.7 kW capacity air conditioner (2.42 kW input) with the thermostat set at 24℃, used on days with highs of 30℃ or more. $106 $204 $483 $180 $127

In the laundry

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Wash your clothes in cold water. Based on a 7kg capacity top load washer, once a day, on a normal program with cold water (20℃) compared to warm water (40℃). $79 $113 $110 $153 $126
Turn off your washing machine when you're not using it. Based on a front loader washing machine using 5.8 watts on standby mode for 154 hours a week (based on average use of 1 load a day, cycle time of 2 hours). $8 $12 $12 $16 $13
Dry your clothes on a washing line or clothes rack - it uses no energy at all. Even if you did this once a week, instead of using your dryer, it could save. Based on a 5.5kg auto-sense type dryer, consuming 4.5kW per load, saving 1 load a week each year. $43 $62 $60 $83 $68

In the bathroom

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Halve your show time from 8 minutes to 4. Based on gas hot water, showering for 4 mins instead of 8 mins twice a day using an enegy efficient shower fitting (7 L/min flow) over 90-per day summer quarter (Nov-Jan). $28 $28 $39 $9 $22
Replace your standard shower-head with a 3-star water-efficient shower-head. Based on gas hot water with annual savings in a medium sized household (4 people using 90 MJ/day). $233 $233 $328 $283 $186
Turn off your hot water system, or change it to 'vacation' mode, when you go on holiday. Based on a 135 litre gas hot water unit at rest for 2 weeks vs. maximum daily heat losses according to AS 4552. $10 $10 $14 $12 $8

Home appliances

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Switch off your TV, set-top box and game console when you're not using them. Based on a plasma TV (using 8 watts on standby), set top box (using 13.3 watts on standby) and game console (using 5.4 watts on standby) on standby for 21 hours a day. $37 $54 $52 $72 $55
Remember to turn off yoru home office equipment (e.g. desktop computer, modem and printer). Based on a desktop computer (using 3.5 watts on standby) and ADSL wireless modem (using 8.3 watts on standby) on standby for 20 hours a day and a inkjet printer (using 6.2 watts on standby) on standby for 23 hours a day. $25 $36 $35 $49 $37

Lighting

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Start using a few lamps with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs) instead of downlights. Based on 2 x 15 watt CFLs used instead of 5 x 50 watt halogen downlights for an average of 5 hours a day each year. $83 $120 $117 $162 $133

Savings have been calculated using the general domestic, GST inclusive, usage price per unit from the various electricity distribution networks in your state. Prices per unit are effective:

  • In Queensland as of 17 October 2016.
  • In New South Wales as of 29 July 2016.
  • In the ACT as of 17 October 2016.
  • In South Australia as of 22 October 2016.
  • In Victoria as of 1 January 2017.

The fixed supply change is not included. Electrical appliance costs are based on watts or kilowatts of electricity consumed. (One unit = 1 kWh - 1,000 watts operating for 1 hour). If the appliance has a temperature controller or thermostat, then the setting of that control also affects the running costs.

Your household energy consumption will vary depending on the type, size, age and use of appliances, the size, insulation and layout of the home and the number of people living in the home. This means the actual amount shown may vary from household to household. 

** The number of days with temperatures over 28℃ are estimated to be:

  • 162 days in Queensland.
  • 55 days in New South Wales.
  • 71 days in the ACT.
  • 97 days in South Australia.
  • 58 days in Victoria.

Days over 30℃ are estimated at:

  • 84 days in Queensland.
  • 25 days in New South Wales.
  • 47 days in the ACT.
  • 75 days in South Australia.
  • 41 days in Victoria.