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Domestic gadgets and gizmos that are sending household energy bills soaring by as much as $1,030 a year

 
 
 
 
 

With energy prices having risen by another 1.5% in July[1], Aussies are always 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 leading energy comparison service comparethemarket.com.au 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[2] to a household’s quarterly bill, with smart fridges, plasma TVs and air purifiers coming out as some of the worst offenders.

Abigail Koch, spokesperson at comparethemarket.com.au says: “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 saps, and the new smart fridge isn’t 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; comparethemarket.com.au also found a host of home appliances that added very little to the everyday energy bill such as coffee makers, juicers, and slow cookers.

Abigail says 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.”

Comparethemarket.com.au’s analyses six technologies that are sapping energy around the home, with the total cost to a quarterly bill coming in at $257.23[3].

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[4]

Plasma 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

 

Comparethemarket.com.au’s analyses six energy-efficient technologies around the home, with the total cost to a quarterly bill coming in at $14.40.

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

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

 

Compare the Market’s spokesperson Abigail Koch is available to talk further about the survey findings and provide advice to Australians looking for ways to save on their car insurance.

For interviews with Abigail Koch and more information, please contact:

Phemmie Wilkinson | 02 8315 7038| 0448725347 | e: pwilkinson@theideassuite.com.au

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[1] https://www.aer.gov.au/news-release/aer-finalises-network-charges-in-the-act-and-nsw-from-1-july-2016

[2] All data provided by Thought World Pty Ltd.

[3] Based on a flat electricity tariff of 23c/kwh. Actual tariffs vary depending on product, provider and location. 52 inch plasma TV data used

[4] Based on a family of four using the hydrotap for an average of 2 hours over the course of day.

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