The power of a dollar: handy tips to save energy and money

Have you ever wondered how much each appliance in your home costs to run and how you can use them more efficiently?

Energex and other electrical providers recently worked with Energy Networks Australia to compile a handy list of what a dollar’s worth of electricity will run in the average home.

At this time of year cooling the home is popular, but air-conditioning can also account for a significant portion of your power bill.

The average split system air conditioner costs approximately one dollar for two hours’ use yet a ceiling fan can run for 20 hours for the same price. If you favour the aircon, 24 degrees is the most energy-efficient setting to save money and stay cool indoors.

Any appliance that cools or heats uses more electricity.

The clothes dryer can cost up to one dollar per medium load versus the clothesline, which is obviously free and achieves the same result.

Doing your laundry in a front loader is, on average, more cost-effective at five loads per dollar compared to three loads with a top loader washing machine.

And those who love a long shower will be paying around a dollar for a fifteen-minute soak while people who are keen to binge-watch their favourite series will bay a buck for 20 hours of television.

The figures also show that swapping any old incandescent bulbs for LED will cost up to 100 times less to run while charging your mobile phone for a whole year should only set you back a dollar.

In the kitchen one dollar will:

Cook 160 slices of toast

Roast an entire family dinner

Run the fridge up to three days.

On the road, it’ll power the average electric car for 18km.

It should be noted that all these figures are based upon a retail contract of 30c/kwh before any discounts and will vary depending on the age and size of the appliance.

By switching to off-peak tariffs or PeakSmart, Queensland customers will pay less to run more energy-intensive appliances, such as pool pumps, hot water systems and air-conditioning.

More information about off-peak tariffs and PeakSmart can be found at

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