Are your appliances costing you?
Televisions, home entertainment systems, computers and IT equipment can account for approximately 10% of the average household’s energy bill.
Your TV’s energy use and costs can be effected by:
- What kind of TV you own: LED and LCD TVs are generally more energy efficient than plasmas.
- The size of your screen: The bigger the screen the more energy it will use.
- The more stars, the more savings!: Look for a model with at least 5 energy efficiency stars.
- The brightness of your screen: brighter screens also use more energy
- Your usage patterns: TV’s should be turned off at the power point if no one is watching it. A large TV used 6 hours a day can generate around half a tonne of greenhouse gases a year – more than a family fridge.
- If you have more than one TV in the house, try having only one on at a time. Pick a show that everyone can watch together –makes for great family time too!
Some more helpful tips to consider are:
- Think about purchasing an energy saving power board. They can reduce your standby power by 99% and cut your annual power bills by up to 10%.
- Limit the amount of time the kids spend on gaming consoles, not only will you save energy and money (around $150 to be exact) but it will give them more time for homework or playing outside!
- If you sleep with an electric blanket, turn it on just before you go to bed and remember to turn it off before you fall asleep.
- Unplug your television and other appliances when you go away on holiday or even for the weekend.
- Did you know your phone charger is still using energy even when your phone is not plugged in? When you have finished charging your phone, unplug the cord and turn the power off at the wall.
- As with most appliances, if you’re not using them it’s a good idea to turn them off at the wall instead of leaving them in standby mode. Up to 10% of the electricity used in your home is used on gadgets that are on standby.
Advice provided is indicative only and individual circumstances will affect results. For further information on energy saving tips, please visit the websites listed below.
Lumo Energy: http://www.lumoenergy.com.au/your-home-energy/energy-saving-tips
Victorian Government: http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/services-and-advice/households/energy-efficiency/at-home/appliances/tvs-and-home-entertainment-systems
Australian Government: http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/energy/appliances-equipment/energy-efficient-appliances/use-appliances-efficiently
Australian Government: http://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/02_2013/hess_handy_hints_booklet.pdf
Switched On: https://www.switchon.vic.gov.au/how-can-i-take-charge-of-my-power-bill/top-10-ways-to-save-power
South Australian Government : http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/water-energy-and-environment/energy/saving-energy-at-home
New South Wales: Government: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resources/households/11619SavPrEGweb.pdf
18 July 2014
Category: Energy Facts