• A bright idea...

    Figures from the South Australian Department for Transport Energy and Infrastructure show that if a 100w standard light bulb is replaced with a 20w Compact Flurescent bulb, over its seven year life it will save the householder more than $150 in total costs. Now with the advent of LED lightbulbs - the savings can be even greater!

  • Are you keeping your cool?

    Without seals in good condition, your fridge will be chewing through a lot more power than it needs to, cooling down all the warm air that leaks in. Close your fridge door on a $5 or $10 dollar note, and see how much effort it takes to pull it out with the door closed. If it slips out very easily, or worse yet, falls out by itself, then your door seals need attention. You should easily recoup the cost of repairs from your energy savings!

  • Gravity fed Hot Water?

    If your Hot Water service is a gravity fed unit in your roof space, your can reduce the thermal losses by placing a sheet of insulation material (eg. a pink bat) on top of the unit!

  • The Cost of Cool

    The Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria has produced a chart showing the relative costs of the various cooling systems available for the home.

    The following chart shows both running cost per hour, and greenhouse gas emission caused by the operation of common cooling systems.

    Click here to read more.

  • The big chill...

    Your Fridge is one of the biggest energy consumers in the average household. If it's not running in peak condition, it can be costing you a lot more than you think. When you clean the kitchen, open the fridge and clean the seals around the door with a damp sponge. This will help deter the mildew that can cause premature failure of the door seals. Without good seals, warm air leaks into the fridge boosting your running cost!

  • Efficient use of Air Conditioners...

    Every extra degree on your reverse cycle air conditioner control, adds 10% to your running costs.
    In summer, 27 degrees is best but don't go below 25, and in winter, aim for 18 degrees but don't go above 21.

  • Pushy Retailer?

    Is your Energy Retailer pushing you around? There is something you can do about it! Make a complaint with the SA Energy Industry Ombudsman. You can find their website at www.eiosa.com.au

  • Drinks anyone?

    Do you have a second fridge, in the shed maybe? If you can do without it most of the time, run it when you need it and turn it off the rest of the time and save around $120 a year in running costs. What you save in power, could pay for the drinks at your next party!

  • Most efficient heater?

    With every salesman shouting the merits of radiant, or convection, or ceramic, or what ever other kind of heater they have to sell, it can be a nightmare trying to figure out which is the best to use, and the cheapest to run. However, if it has a power plug - working out the comparative running costs is easy...

    Click here to read more.

  • Give wasted power the Brush-off

    When your fridge pulls the heat out of your food and drinks, it has to put it somewhere. It goes out through the radiator on the back of the fridge, or at least it tries to... Most fridges radiators are covered with insulating dust and fluff! Gently use your vacuum cleaner's brush on the rear of your fridge once a year. Your fridge will reward you with better efficiency if you do!

  • Hot Water Cost Savings

    If you reduce the thermostat setting on your storage hot water service from 70 deg C to 60 deg C, you can reduce the standing losses in the system by up to 33%.

All electrical appliances use power, but do you know how much?

Power is measured in watts, and your bill is charged in watts per hour, or more accurately kilowatts (thousands of watts) per hour. 1 unit of power, is 1 kWh (kilowatt hour), or put another way, 1000 watts used for an hour.

So, knowing how many watts any appliance uses, will give you an indication of how much it will cost to run.

Every applicance approved for use in Australia must have a compliance plate either fixed to, or manufactured into it, which will have recorded among other things, how many watts the appliance uses. (Sometimes, the manufacturer will record amps rather than watts. In this case, multiply the amps rating by the voltage to calculate the watts. Appliances that plug into a power outlet directly, will usually be 240 volts, but if they have a transformer, the voltage value will be less, and should be marked on the transformer.)

The table below gives some average consumption figures for a range of common appliances. Remember, the larger the watts used by an appliance, the more it will cost on your bill, and the larger the quantity of greenhouse gas it will contribute to the environment.

Appliances with higher watt ratings, should be used for as short a time as possible to minimise your running costs.


 Aquarium Heater 150w 
 Aquarium Pump 10w 
 Sauna 6000w 
 Spa Pool 3600w 
 Blower Motor 1500w 
 Swimming Pool Filter 3/4hp 860w 
 Swimming Pool Filter 1hp 1130w 
 Swimming Pool Filter 1.5hp 1590w 
 Swimming Pool Chlorine Generator                       250w 
 Television Black & White 200w 
 Television Black & White Portable 120w 
 Television Colour small 100w 
 Television Colour large 190w 
 Television Plasma 42 inch  750w
 Television LCD 40 inch  580w
 Television on Standby 3w 
 Video Recorder 60w 
 Video Recorder on Standby 3w 
 Water Bed - Hard sides 400w 
 Water Bed - Soft sides 200w 
 Battery Charger 60w 
 Cordless Phone 10w 
 Mobile Phone - charging 10w 
 Bread Maker 600w 
 Clock 2w 
 Coffee Percolator 1000w 
 Computer 350w 
 Crock Pot 150w 
 Deep Fryer 1800w 
 Fan 60w 
 Fax Machine thermal 160w 
 Fax Machine plain paper 40w 
 Fax Machine laser 450w 
 Food Processor 1000w 
 Frypan 1250w 
 Griller 650w 
 Garbage Disposal 650w 
 Hair Dryer 1200w 
 Heat Lamp 150w 
 Hedge Clippers 600w 
 Hot Plate 2100w 
 Kiln - pottery 4800w 
 Kiln - china painting 2400w 
 Electric Lawn Mower 1/2hp 615w 
 Electric Lawn Mower 1.5hp 1400w 
 1/4 hp Motor 390w 
 1/3 hp Motor 420w 
 1/2 hp Motor 615w 
 3/4 hp Motor 860w 
 1 hp Motor 1130w 
 1.5 hp Motor 1590w 
 2 hp Motor 2000w 
 Printer - running 1000w 
 Portable Drill 500w 
 Portable Saw 1000w 
 Radio - valve 60w 
 Rangehood 120w 
 Sewing Machine 120w 
 Soldering Iron 100w 
 Stereo - solid state 60w 
 Toaster 600w 
 Toaster Oven 1500w 
 Vacuum Cleaner 1200w 
 Waffle Cooker 1200w 
 Welder 2400w 
 Exhaust Fan 50w 


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