Energy Saving Tips for Essential Household Appliances

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Did you know the average number of household appliances in Australian homes is 67? We’ve got appliances for keeping our food cold, our hair straight, our emails checked, our music on rotation, our clothes washed, our dishes clean … and on it goes. We all rely on our appliances, and some of them we even consider essential. But of course the more appliances we use, the more energy we use and this can mean higher electricity bills.


Energy Saving Tips

But using your appliances in particular ways will reduce your energy use and cut your bill. I’ve shared my Top tips for five essential household appliances on the Origin Energy website.  Click here to read them.

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What appliance could you not live without?

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Julia K September 10, 2015 - 9:04 AM

My washing machine ! I remember back in the sixties when my parents bought their first house. My mother could not afford a washing machine at first. We were a family of 6. Outer clothes were worn several times before washing and my mother would wash smaller items such as underwear by hand. One a week she would load the larger items into a shopping cart and WALK the 5 KILOMETRES to her sister’s house to use her machine. When I think I simply push a few buttons and it’s done – it makes me realise how easy we have some things these days !

Kate - Kat's Assistant September 10, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Wow that’s a full day of just washing! We forget how easy we have it these days with putting in a load of washing and walking away. I remember going to my great-grandparents house and nan having to do the washing in a big boiler out the back.

Mom September 11, 2015 - 2:24 AM

Thanks for your tips, our energy bills are so high (and horrible!…) now… We must try to save energy, but I had not any ideas for it… Now I know how I might try to reduce expences for energy. Your ideas are great.

Kate - Kat's Assistant September 11, 2015 - 11:31 AM

Fantastic, i hope you are able to get your bills down.:) It is usually just the little things we forget to turn off at the wall that can make so much difference.

Kim September 11, 2015 - 10:40 AM

Thanks Kat, for reposting the link. Getting worried when I was getting asked to rejoin several times! We used to have a ghastly twin tub machine, always overflowing!

Kirsty September 11, 2015 - 7:28 PM

I’m wondering where that average figure of 67 appliances per household comes from. I’d say we’ve got about half that. It seems like a rather high average.

Helen September 12, 2015 - 5:32 PM

My poor mum washed by hand until the day she passed away? I was one of six kids , mum, dad and my grandma !!! If that was not enough for my mum my two brothers were bedwetters until their late teens !!! I could never have coped with what my poor mum coped with !!!

Kate - Kat's Assistant September 15, 2015 - 12:24 PM

I know exactly what you are saying, Helen. My grandmother was the same.:) x

Helen June 11, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Another good trick if you have solar panels is to use as many appliances as you can during the day when the sun is generating your electricity. We have saved heaps, as I use to run the dishwasher and washing machine while we were sleeping.
We also have set up automatic bpay of $50 a week into the electricity bill, phone bill, water bill and council rates, that way when they are due they are also paid (or almost).


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