Using Appliances Tips
Free changes you can make now!
- Turn-off your stereo when not in use. Stereos use more power in standby mode than they do playing music.
- Only fill your kettle with the amount of water needed to make your hot drink. The average cup of coffee is boiled three times before drinking.
- Check thermostat on fridge. To keep food safe set the correct temperature for the fridge at 5ºC. Setting the temperature 1ºC lower than necessary generates around 50kg more greenhouse gas each year.
- Clean fridge filters regularly to ensure the optimum operation of your appliances.
- Turn off devices at the wall when not in use. Phone chargers, modems and transformers are common culprits and can lead to increased power bills.
- Defrost large items before cooking. Saves energy two ways – spares your fridge and reduces energy to cook.
Energy saving laundry tips
- Always wash in cold water - washing in cold water will only produce C02 emmisions of around 0.6 kg per cycle. However, washing in hot water (electric storage) produces around 4.3 kg of C02 per cycle.
- Use the washing line and not the clothes dryer - an efficient dryer will use approximately 3 kg CO2-equivalent per cycle of drying. Washing in cold water and using the line instead of drier will save at least 6.7 kg of CO2 emissions and approximately 6.7 kWh of energy per cycle.
- Buy an energy and water efficient washing machine, with eco setting.
- Only wash when you have a full load.
- Think about your laundry habits. If you stop using your washing machine every day you can sort and wash bigger loads more efficiently when you do wash your clothes.
- Consider using biodegradable, eco-friendly liquid washing detergent which is better for the garden.
- Pre-treating heavy stains before washing will reduce the chance that you’ll need to rewash clothes. Try soaking stained clothes in warm water with a table spoon of bi-carb soda for an hour.
- If you are washing clothes by hand, use only as much water as you need in the sink, bucket or tub. Reuse this greywater in the garden.
Engage a plumber to install a greywater system –
check if you will need council approval.
- Purchase energy-efficient appliances. A front-loading washing machine will cost up to $57 per year to run and use 63% less water than standard top loading machines at $103 per year. *Based on 6 /1hr loads per week
- Switch off the second fridge. You will save up to a tonne of greenhouse gases and $120 per year for a single-door fridge and more than $175 for a larger/older model.