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PowerDown Campbelltown - Other AppliancesHome appliances such as computers, laptops, TVs, gaming consoles and washing machines make up about 16% of the average energy use at home. 3% of energy use comes from appliances in standby mode.

Consider the number of home entertainment appliances you have in your home. The average household has more than one television. This can seriously add to your energy bill, especially if it is left on standby when it is not in use. Standby power is the energy used by an appliance when it is not performing its main function. Most standby power is wasted energy and is adding to your energy bill.

PowerDown Campbelltown - StandbyTo reduce energy used by appliances, consider switching them off at the wall, using power boards with individual switches and cooling appliances with the Energy Star. Energy Star compliant appliances reduce the amount of energy consumed by a product by either: switching the appliance into a sleep mode automatically when it's not being used or reducing the amount of power used in standby mode.

Washing machines and clothes dryers can cost up to $150 a year to run. Choosing an efficient washing machine and clothes dryer will help you save on your water and energy bills. Use the energy and water rating labels to compare energy efficiency and choose the appropriate size for your needs. If you are not in the market for a new washing machine or dryer, some simple tips to save energy costs include:.

  • Use economy or energy saving cycles.
  • Use cold water to wash as much as possible.
  • Wash a full load rather than several smaller loads.
  • Hanging clothes to dry when possible.
  • Removing as much water from the clothes before using a dryer.
  • Always clean the lint filter in your dryer.
  • Don't overload the dryer as this increases the drying time.
  • Dry clothes in consecutive loads as the dryer is already warm.

PowerDown Campbelltown - Fridge & FreezerFridges and freezers are switched on 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can account for 7% of an average South Australian household's energy use. Look for an energy rating label when purchasing a new fridge or freezer. Look for an energy rating of 4 or better. Save energy on your fridge or freezer by checking seals, cleaning radiator coils, defrosting your freezer and ensuring you fridge and freezer temperature is not running too low. Fridges between 3°C and 5°C and freezer temperatures should be between -15°C and -18°C.

PowerDown Campbelltown - CookingCooking appliances can account for 4% of energy use. Choosing appliances that are well suited to your needs and using them efficiently will help reduce your energy costs.

Adapted from the Government of South Australia, Fridges, freezers and cooking, Washing machines and clothes dryers and Stand-by power. Sourced on 23 April 2014, sa.gov.au/energy.

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