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Inefficient Appliances That Waste Money at Home

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Home appliances make up around two thirds of the energy consumed in our homes. Some appliances use more energy than others. A refrigerator will use around 14 per cent of your home energy, whilst a tumble dryer will consume 6 per cent.

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Donna Hamilton (159)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:48 am
Noted. Thanks, Cher.

Carol H (229)
Monday January 7, 2013, 11:28 am
noted, thanks

Robert O (12)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:05 pm
Thanks Cher. Inefficient appliances are energy vampires that contribute to higher bills.

. (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 2:16 pm
Another tip: If your refrigerator is fairly empty (as mine always is), turn your dial down. It cost more electric to run a fairly empty frig.

Winnie A (179)
Monday January 7, 2013, 3:23 pm

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:01 pm
Oh I must be a throwback, This mere male washes clotheswith a twin tub machine (Hitachi) with no heating.
My hot water comes via a storage tank heated from wet back on my my wood fired cook stove, which, in summer, I light for 24 hours every few days and in winter it heats the house anyway. Then my clothes dry on the solar dryer a four fencing wires clothes line in the back yard. In summer they dry AND are ultraviolet disinfected in two hours and eight in winter.

If I don't cook on the stove there is a little two ring and grill camp gas cooker called into action plus a Micro wave. I'm not a complete Tolpuddlian. Living simply is simply living.

Sara T (3)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:51 pm
Good info. Thanks.

faith v (16)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:56 pm
Who needs two refrigerators, and who has space for them?

God gave me two hands to wash dishes with, I soap, rinse and stack them and he dries up for me, every day, never moans.

He also dries the clothes when I take them out of the washing machine and hang them up.
I fouht against the washer but lost and now I am dependent on it, although I still know how to wash by hand.

But hey, enjoy life the way it works for you.

Elisabeth T (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:17 pm
I use the washing machine, but use a drying rack placed it in the sunshine or my clothesline

Sheila D (28)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:03 pm
Good information. Thanks Cher.

Julie W (32)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:07 pm
I was surprised to learn my neighbour uses her clothes dryer in summer, then found out this is not that unusual. What a wasteful practice!, especially as we live in a hot, dry climate (Western Australia).

I have a little extension on my garden shed made from recycled timber and corrugated iron sheets. I hang my clothes there year round - stops dark clothes fading in the sun and they dry even when it rains.

No mention of those real energy guzzlers - air conditioners. People rely on them rather than good house design. Plant trees to the east and west (if you can), insulate your roof, install quiet ceiling fans. Only use when really necessary.


Tamara Hayes (185)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:33 pm
Noted, twittered and google shared. Great advice. Makes a lot of sense. Thanks for the post Cher.

Heidi Aubrey (16)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:45 pm
Not bad, but as usual to Care2, short sighted. Here is a fact the energy conservative person MUST know: your appliances, all of them use energy while turned off!

The television is the largest offender. It draws 18kw of power while turned off! Solution: Istead of reaching behind the television to unplug it day after day to prevent the wasted power that you pay for, invest in a power strip. Set it in a plainly and easily reached place and plug the T.V. and other nearby appliances(dvd player,lamp light, etc.)into the power strip then simply turn the power strip off when you are done watching. No more drain.

I have 4 power that I use and I immediately saw a 12.00 dollar savings in my electric bill.

Engele van Zyl (38)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 2:19 am
noted, thanks

Ro H (0)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 5:18 am

David C (129)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:32 am

Avoid leaving any appliances turned on that are not being used, to save money. Your washing machine and dishwasher use several energy sources. Many new models contain features that focus on energy efficiency, such as washing in cold water or using the ‘no heat’ function of a dishwasher. When baking in your oven, avoid the pre-heating option to save money.

Dust collects on refrigerator coils and will affect its efficiency, so if you pull the refrigerator away from the wall and vacuum behind and under it, this will help the efficiency of your appliance.

Clean your dishwasher and washing machine to improve their efficiency.

Clean your oven regularly to avoid the baked on fat from collecting and impairing its ability to heat evenly.

Your tumble dryer will operate more efficiently if you take the time to clean the dry lint trap.


Kathleen R (138)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 12:12 pm
read & noted

Joanne Dixon (38)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 1:14 pm
And if you don't clean the dry lint trap between using every single time you tumble dry, you increase your chances of a house fire.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 1:41 pm
Thanks Cher--again.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 10:09 am
Many good energy-saving tips here. Like others we use power bars so that appliances are not draining energy when not in use. We have replaced all of our appliances in the last 5 yrs. to more energy-efficient models. Keeping things clean - dust and lint free - is important too. In summer we are outside most of the time and use a barbeque so our energy consumption is lessened considerably at that time of year. We keep drapes and windows closed on the really hot days and open the house up at night when air is cooler. It's nice to hear that so many people are trying their best to conserve energy.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 10:24 am
Well what about ENERGY STAR appliances? Like the ones sold at What is their percentage of energy consumed?
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