Switch off the kitchen and laundry to save costs

SWITCHING off in the kitchen and laundry will switch on some serious household savings.

One of the country's leading household finance experts said cutting power costs need not be a strain.

Miles Larbey, the senior executive leader of the federal Government's MoneySmart website, gave a range of tips for the region's householders to save on their energy bills.

"Switch off your heater, air conditioner and lights in rooms you're not using," Mr Larbey said.

Simple tips included turning off appliances at the power point and using the washing machine and dishwasher only when they were full.

Ergon Energy spokesman Mark Timmerman said clean air conditioners made a huge difference to power bills.

A medium-sized unit (around 6kW) running for eight hours a day at a setting of 25 degrees could cost about $230 per quarter.

This same unit running inefficiently with dirty filters at an 18-degree setting for the same number for hours could cost twice as much to run or more, Mr Timmerman said.

"Keeping filters clean will mean the machine does not have to work as hard and will also save you money on running costs."

Sarah Cannata, from energy comparison service HelpMeChoose.com.au, said the national Cut Your Energy Costs Day helped to remind householders how to save big bucks on their power bills.

"There are a number of simple changes Australians can make that could see their utility bills reduced, potentially saving them money," Ms Cannata said.

"Cut Your Energy Costs Day promotes the use of less electricity."

She said using energy efficient appliances, swapping air conditioners for fans and forsaking the oven for less energy intensive appliances such as fry pans would make a big difference.



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