How to Make Big Appliances More Efficient
Once you have chosen your household appliances for their best energy efficient ratings there are many steps you
can take to ensure that you maximize the savings in every room in the house and making your kitchen green.
Take the laundry for example where just selecting a cold wash cycle will save on preheated water, adjusting the
water level for the size of the wash and doing shorter washes for less soiled clothing can cut the laundry bill in
In addition, dryers should be used when needed not just as a matter of habit and operated as full.
The kitchen uses up to 30 per cent of the home's electricity demand, but operating dishwashers on the correct
cycle for the load, and cooking several items in an oven at a time can make savings here too.
Never let hot water run down the sinkhole and boil the kettle for as much hot water as you need at the time.
Kitchen appliances such as refrigerators and freezers operate continuously, so make sure all seals are working
on the doors. If you are looking at replacing these consider whether you really need the state of the art ice
making and cold water dispensing features which can increase energy demand dramatically.
Look around the kitchen and see how many electrical appliances are connected to the power supply and just left
on standby. The microwave may have the only clock in the kitchen but keeping this on standby can add $50 to your
utility bill in one year on its own.
Even small appliances if left on will make a significant drain on your power.
The family room, where you may spend most of your time out of the kitchen, has some of the largest appliances
with home entertainment systems, big screen TVs and the computer.
Operating these as a background to the other activities in the home is a waste of energy and the investment in
the first place. Turn them off at the wall when not in use to avoid the drain on power supply by the standby
If you want to really see the effect of this simple practice, watch the speed your power meter spins at before
taking this action and see how slow it gets to afterwards!
Home heating appliances should have a thermostat so use it and set the limit at a comfortable level. A few
degrees less and sweater added to your clothing is not only a power saving but healthier for your family than an
indoor sauna in the middle of winter!
Home heating will be much more efficient if the home is well insulated and free of draughts and leaks. When you
can use up to 30 per cent of the utility bill just to be warm in winter, it makes no sense to let this escape
Talking of saunas and spa pools leads to the enormous amount of energy needed to power these luxuries. Consider
a renewable power source such as a wind turbine for these, or examine realistically their worth to your
Joining a gym with these features and all the other benefits may cost almost the same as operating your own over
If you can't live without them then set the temperature limits a little lower and make sure the pool has an
insulating cover when not in use to prevent heat loss. Making large appliances more efficient depends as much on
lifestyle choices and discipline as their ability to be operated effectively.
Substantial savings can be made over a year just by setting limits and learning to turn them off at the wall
when not needed. Do you part for the world and turn your home eco-friendly
Consider making a solar thermal hot water system for your home: