How to become energy efficient

Shirley Liu 6 August 2015

How to become energy efficient

It’s become a bit of buzz word in recent years, but what actually is energy efficiency? And what does it mean for you?

As the impacts of our energy production has received more attention and as energy bills have climbed and climbed, energy has come into the spotlight. Today, it remains as important as it ever was, and yet there many ways that you can save it, and in doing so, save yourself a few bucks. So what’s it all about?

What is energy efficiency?

The common misconception is that energy efficiency is about using less energy. It’s actually about using exactly the amount of energy you need and reducing your energy wastage.

How average consumers can save on energy bills

Does it actually save money?

Since our energy bills don’t come itemised, it isn’t easy to think about energy usage as money, but it is inevitably true.  Imagine if you had to pay physical cash to use your washing machine without a full load.  This would probably make you think twice about doing it. Well using your washing machine on a half load or leaving your TV on stand-by does cost you money in the long run, and even though it may be a small amount, over the course of years this can add up to significant savings. In fact, Energy Australia have conducted several studies and have found some surprising results.

The findings
  • A 400L ‘beer’ fridge costs an estimated $220 a year if switched on the whole time.
  • A laundry dryer costs an average $130 per year if used regularly.
  • Heated towel rails cost an average of $200 per year if kept switched on.

So if you turned off your second fridge, dried your clothes on a line instead of in a dryer and ditched the heated towel rails, you would save $550 per year. These are obviously big ticket items, but even small savings when combined can result in some great savings.

Back to top

The bigger picture

Energy efficiency has become a common term in recent years as the impacts of climate change has forced many people to re-think their decisions and their energy usage. Energy is costly to produce and it can have negative impacts on our environment and when you think about the multiplied impacts of energy wastage, it’s a compelling argument for changing your own habits.

Back to top

How can I go about it?

There are lot’s of ways that you can go about it. Some are about changing habits, some are about buying new, efficient appliances, and for those who are really committed to energy efficiency you could even instal solar panels and create your own energy.

We’ve created handy guides to saving energy in each part of your home, so why not head there and get some inspiration?

Click here for our full guide to hundreds of ways that you can save money and energy in your home and garden.

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question