Contrary to common belief, only about 45% of households in Australia own an air conditioner.

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Buying Appliances Tips

When you're buying a new appliance, it makes good sense to choose the model that uses the least energy while meeting your needs. It helps the environment and it can save you money too. When you're shopping for appliances, think of two price tags. The first one covers the purchase priceā€”think of it as a down payment. The second price tag is the cost of operating the appliance during its lifetime. You'll be paying on that second price tag every month with your household's bill for the next 10 to 20 years, depending on the appliance. Refrigerators last an average of 13 years; air conditioners and dishwashers, about 11 years each; clothes washers, about 9 years - so spending a little more up front can save you a lot down the road.
When buying appliances, make sure that they are ENERGY STAR compliant. ENERGY STAR is an international standard for energy-efficient electronic equipment. ENERGY STAR reduces the amount of energy that a product consumes by either automatically switching it into 'sleep' mode when it's not being used and/or reducing the amount of power used when it is in 'standby' mode. ENERGY STAR compliant appliances consume around 75% less energy in standby mode than standard products do.
Choosing an efficient air conditioner
The most important thing to look for with an air conditioner is the star rating. You need to work out what size you require for the task and then choose the most efficient model that will perform the task.
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Buying a Dishwasher
About 30% of households in Australia own a dishwasher. Dishwashers are generally used between 4 and 7 times per week, although this varies by household.
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Buying a Clothes Washer
More than 95% of households in Australia own a clothes washer. Clothes washers are used on average about 7 times per week, although this varies considerably by household.
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Buying a Refrigerator and Freezer
The refrigerator is the single biggest power consumer in many households.
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Buying a Dryer
About 55% of households in Australia own a clothes dryer. You can save a significant amount of energy by buying a model that senses dryness and automatically shuts off.
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