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Where can you improve energy efficiency at home?

Wed May 24, 2017

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When was the last time you thought about the condition of your home appliances and electronics? More importantly, when was the last time you sat down and had a think about the costs of running your home? For most of us, the answer is quite a while ago.

Although it's easy to reconcile all of your appliances when moving into a new home, it can be a bit harder when you've been in a property for a long time and have gotten used to everything just the way it is. 

These devices are often referred to as 'vampire appliances,' but you don't have to allow them to suck away at your power.

Why you should consider your appliances

Every electrical device in your house comes with some form of ongoing cost. Any areas of inefficiency can quickly pile up and make a substantial dent in your savings account. In fact, MarketWatch estimates that as much as 10 per cent of the average household's energy bill goes towards appliances that aren't actually being used.

These devices are often referred to as 'vampire appliances,' but you don't have to allow them to suck away at your power. Let's take a closer look at some of the biggest culprits around the home, and how you can minimise their impact on your bills. 

The kitchen

We all know that appliances not in use should be turned off at the wall, but how many of us remember to do this every time we've finished with a rarely-used device. The kitchen is a a common danger area for this, especially if you've stockpiled the various bells and whistles that are part and parcel of modern cooking. If you've got a blender, coffee maker, toasted sandwich press and a rice steamer plugged in and not in use, then you can expect to see a small, but not insignificant leap in your power consumption over a year. 

Fortunately, this is an easy problem to solve - just unplug and put away every appliance when not in use. You'll save money, and have a cleaner, less cluttered environment to cook in! 

Turn the kitchen mixer off when it's not being used - the savings will add up. Turn the kitchen mixer off when it's not being used - the savings will add up.

The laundry

Another part of the house that could be costing you money is the laundry, especially your washing machine and dryer. It was only in the 1990s that Australia introduced a national labelling scheme to identify appliances with a high rate of power or water consumption, and Energy Rating estimates that washing machines alone use 30 per cent less energy as a result. 

Small measures such as cleaning out the lint collector that can have a huge impact on efficiency.

If you've got laundry devices that are old or that have low efficiency ratings (which should be clearly displayed), then it could be more cost-effective to simply ditch them and upgrade to the latest model. It's a big investment up front, but over time you're sure to reap the benefits of greater efficiency, and likely a better quality of clean as well. In addition, there are small measures such as cleaning out the lint collector that can have a huge impact on efficiency, so don't let those little maintenance jobs fall by the wayside. 

Regardless of whether you're selling, buying or renting, the team at Laing+Simmons have the expertise to answer all questions to do with property. Contact us today to learn more. 

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