The home tech energy saints and sinners - Compare The Market
 
 
 
 
 

With energy prices having risen by another 1.5% in July, many Aussies are on the hunt to slash their ever-rising energy bills.  But it appears the daily efforts of switching lights off in empty rooms, and never leaving the TV on stand-by could be in vain, as our increasing love affair with home gadgets means we are bumping up the bills by hundreds.

Recent research by energy comparison service Thoughtworld has revealed the energy usage of the latest appliances and technology hitting Australian homes.  Of all the domestic gadgets and gizmos analysed, six guzzled enough energy to add a whopping $257.23 to a household’s quarterly bill, with smart fridges, plasma TVs and air purifiers coming out as some of the worst offenders.

According to the Energy Users Association of Australia, Australian households had some of the highest energy costs in the developed world, and every year more Australian families struggle to pay their gas and electricity bills.  People may be staying indoors more to save money, but at what cost? The bigger your plasma TV, the more energy it may sap, and the new smart fridge may not be so smart when it comes to saving you energy.  Our love of domestic gadgets and gizmos has to change if we are to reduce our energy bills.

 

But it’s not all doom and gloom; we also found a host of home appliances that added very little to the everyday energy bill such as coffee makers, juicers, and slow cookers.

We analyse six technologies that are sapping energy around the home, with the total cost to a quarterly bill coming in at $257.23. This is based on a flat electricity tariff of 23c/kwh. (Actual tariffs vary depending on product, provider and location).

Portable air conditioning units

Energy usage: 1500w

The cost to your back pocket: $62.10 (270kwh) per quarterly bill, if used two hours a day

Smart fridge

Energy usage: 194w

The cost to your back pocket:  $44.62 per quarterly bill

Hydrotap

Energy usage: 500w

The cost to your back pocket: $20.70 (90kwh) per quarterly bill, if used two hours a day. (This is based on a family of four using the hydrotap for an average of 2 hours over the course of day).

Energy Usage_Sapping energy

Plasma screen TVs

52 inch

Energy usage: 340w

The cost to your back pocket: $28.15 (122.4kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 4 hours a day

42 inch

Energy usage: 270w

The cost to your back pocket: $22.36 (97.2kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 4 hours a day

Air purifiers

Energy usage: 130w

The cost to your back pocket: $64.40 (280kwh) per quarterly bill, if used all day

Home entertainment speakers/systems

Energy usage: 900w

The cost to your back pocket: $37.26 (162kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 2 hours a day

family watching TV

Now, let’s take a look at six energy-efficient technologies around the home, with the total cost to a quarterly bill coming in at $14.40. This is also based on a flat electricity tariff of 23c/kwh.

Coffee makers

Energy usage: 800w

The cost to your back pocket: $4.14 (18kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 15 minutes every day

Slow cookers

Energy usage: 300w

The cost to your back pocket: $2.48 (10.8kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 12 hours a month

Game consoles (Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360)

Energy usage: 90w

The cost to your back pocket: $1.88 (8.21kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 1 hour a day

nergy Usage_Energy-efficient

Juicers

Energy usage: 800w

The cost to your back pocket: $4.14 (18kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 15 minutes every day

Food processors

Energy usage: 300w

The cost to your back pocket: $1.55 (6.75kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 15 minutes every day

Rice cookers

Energy usage: 30w

The cost to your back pocket: $0.21 (0.9kwh) per quarterly bill, if used for 20 minutes every day

 

Before you consider throwing out the new tech, ensuring you’re on the right energy plan is the first step to taking control of your energy costs. Simply reviewing your energy plan and switching to the one best suited for your needs can potentially save you hundreds over the year.

Unfortunately, many Australians think that switching their energy provider is difficult and that their energy supply may be affected. In reality, changing providers is easy; you will receive the same amount of electricity without disconnection and over the change is seamless. It’s important to keep in mind that any last minute switches may mean you aren’t connected when you arrive, so check with your provider before moving.

 

Which new tech in your home is costing you the most or the least? Add to our domestic gadget list on our Facebook page.

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