The following guest blog post is by Roz Hall, the Director of Business and Community Programs at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage…
I wonder how many of you are like me and, at times, have felt a bit daunted by the thought of needing to buy a new appliance? It can be a challenge to research and then buy the right heater, TV, fridge or washing machine for your household?
For me, the right appliance:
- is affordable
- fits in the space we have available
- has a capacity suitable for my two person family – not too big
- saves power and water to reduce ongoing running costs.
Saving power and water are two issues close to the hearts of 1 million women members, as is keeping the household budget on track and doing our bit to protect our environment. So, with winter here many of us are in the market for a new heater.
To help you buy a power and cost saving heater, here’s a simple checklist:
- Buy gas if you can. It is best for the environment and costs the least to run. Choose the gas heater with the most energy stars.
- Ensure your new heater has a thermostat and timer. For every degree you lower the thermostat you will save about 15% off your heating bill.
- Pay close attention to the energy rating. The more stars, the more power saved and the cheaper it is to run. Over five years, you could save more than $1,500 by operating a highly energy efficient heater rather than inefficient one.
- To compare heaters with the same number of energy stars – check the Power Input number on the energy rating label. The lower the number the more you save.
- Choose a zoned system, if you’re considering central heating. This way you are able to only heat the rooms you use and adjust the temperature according to how the room is used.
- Visit a Save Power retail partner for more expert advice on choosing and operating an energy efficient heater.
Of course, there are also lots of ways to save more power and money by reducing the need to use your heater in the first place. Check out this Fact Sheet for some ideas.
Hopefully this post makes buying your next energy efficient appliance easier and you start to see the savings on your electricity bills.
I’m interested to know your experiences or tips about buying power saving household appliances. Leave a comment or email me at email@example.com
About the author: Roz Hall is the Director of Business and Community Programs at the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and a proud 1 million women member. Roz oversees the NSW Government Save Power campaign, including the Save Power website, which more than 200,000 NSW residents have accessed.
For tips on reducing your power bills and protecting the environment:
- visit savepower.nsw.gov.au
- like Save Power on Facebook/SavePowerNSW
- check your eligibility to join the free Home Power Saving Program.
*Savings based on household electricity price July 2011