Home appliances – How badly are they beefing up your bill?

POSTED ON September 10, 2018 BY

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Like all things in life, appliances at our home draw a real cost to own and operate.

For a lot of us, our homes are an inspiration and a source of real comfort.

What we rarely realise is just how necessary electrical appliances are in making our modern lives secure and serene.

Being aware of costs helps us value the comforts we choose.


The bedroom can shelter some usual suspects that push up your power bill.

Controlling temperatures, either through air-conditioning or heating, can add an enormous expense to your home!

The average addition to your monthly bill based on the standing rates of 3 prominent electricity retailers (AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin Energy) for running a standard central AC system, paints a nightmarish picture!

Having a central AC in Victoria, your energy bill could, on average, have an addition of close to $1150 a month!

In Queensland, keeping cool would cost you a little less, with an average monthly addition close to $880.

In NSW, the average addition goes over $1050 a month.

Folks in South Australia could be set back by over $1315 a month!

Carelessness over switching these power-intensive systems off or adjusting thermostats can be painful to your wallet!

Winter can be stressful regarding energy spending as the home requires so much more upkeep!

A glance at these 15 ways to save energy costs this winter would be helpful!


Stepping into a shower at home without hot steaming water is unthinkable for a lot of us!

Even in average-sized families of 4, a water heater can be a pricey expense.

Having a water heater in a bathroom in Victoria, your power bill could, on average, have an addition of a little over $200 a month!

In Queensland, the addition could be somewhat lower at close to $160.

Over in NSW, the monthly spend is approximately $190 on average.

For South Australians desiring a hot shower every day, they could be set back by close to $250 every month!

If those prices seem unacceptable to you, then find out today how you can stop overpaying on power and how Electricity Monster can help you reach a more cost-effective rate!

Kitchen and Laundry

The laundry room and the kitchen are areas of the home that hold some of the biggest users of electricity.

A refrigerator, a food freezer, a cooking range as well as a dishwasher can contribute dearly to your electricity bill.

Although an energy-efficient washing machine will not amount to much, a clothes-dryer can be expensive to run.


Home entertainment appliances such as televisions and video game consoles can put a slight strain on your family’s utilities budget.

Owning a television in Victoria, your electricity bill could, on average, have an addition of a little over $26 a month!

Keeping track of your favourite TV shows in Queensland could cost you almost $21.

In NSW, a TV could add about $25 on average, every month.

Coming to South Australia, you could be coughing up close to $31 a month!

Although newer models are energy efficient, our usage has compounded in recent times with average usage times going up to a whopping 440 hours a month.


A backyard is a charming place and an essential part of any home’s fabric.

Whether it is tending to your neat garden, swinging on a hammock or cracking a cold one by the swimming pool!

A yard with a pool demands a lot of maintenance with a pool filter motor being especially disastrous to your budgeting aims!

Owning a pool filter in Victoria, your electricity bill could, on average, have an addition of a little over $190 a month!

Maintaining your dream pool in Queensland could cost you almost $150.

In NSW, the average monthly charge could be $175.

Over in South Australia, you could be set back by close to $230 a month!

Go ahead and find out just how much a swimming pool is costing you and how to introduce some cost-effective options for your pool!

What you can do to save!

If your suspicions regarding electrical appliances costing you have support, then you need to jump to action!

The simplest way to save? Call us now at Electricity Monster and find the best possible rates that we have!

Upgrading your appliances at home may be an excellent place to start!

Switching to LED lights, an inverter water heater or an energy-efficient refrigerator can be the kickstart your home needs.

An extra investment for your home that could bear fruit is to operate separate surge boards that can be quickly turned off.

On one board, appliances to switch off and on the other, devices that are rarely turned off.

Upgrading to an HD TV, energy-efficient AC or a halogen-powered heater can go a long way!

In the end, having strict checks on your usage is the best approach to reducing power consumption.

Building cost-cutting habits can help save your electricity bill. Here are what we think the top 10 ways to save on your electricity bill are.

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The information being made available in this document cannot substitute for legally sound advice. No financial decisions should be made based on data from this publication.
This publication has been made available to our readers with the sole intention of imparting a general knowledge of the subject of how much electrical appliances cost to run, on an average monthly usage basis.
This information as of the time of publication, was as we were aware, accurate and correct. Technologies and electricity rate changes could alter these outcomes in the future.
Individual usage, circumstances and brands could cause usage figures to vary. The information we have provided is not a perfect end-product, and instead as a tool or guide.
Electricity Monster has made every possible effort to invoke the maximum levels of accuracy in the information. However, as the information provided is a formulation from a  range of sources, we have relied on third-party information that may not be accurate.

Important points to note are:

  1. Electricity Monster does not make any guarantees, explicitly or implicitly, over the accuracy of the materials provided.
  2. We do not guarantee that the information here applies to every household in Australia.
  3. We encourage readers to verify the data provided here with a third-party, independent source before coming to any conclusions.
  4. Electricity rates used for calculation are from the websites of electricity retailers. Electricity Monster has not verified the accuracy of the depictions in retailer websites.
  5. We do not guarantee the accuracy of information obtained from third-party websites over the average wattage of appliances and the average monthly usage of appliances.
  6. We have used the following electricity networks in each state for our study:  For Victoria, we have chosen the Ausnet Services distributor across all electricity retailers. In NSW, we have picked the Essential Energy network across all electricity retailers. For QLD, we have chosen the Energex network across all electricity retailers. As for SA, we have selected the SA Power Networks distributor across all electricity retailers.
  7. Costs depicted use the peak standing rates of AGL Energy, Energy Australia and Origin Energy, including GST as of August 29, 2018.
  8. Calculations: Average kWh/month = Average Wattage/1000 x Hours used per month
  9. For data on average hourly usage for an appliance in a month, we have depended on data from the Matanuska Electric Association, an Alaskan electricity cooperative. We found the data comparable to data in Australia, as the U.S. is an OECD nation similar to Australia. Australia and Alaska have very different climates; therefore usages may vary. So we have made some adjustments for the following appliances: Air Conditioner, Fridge, Dehumidifier, Freezer & Hot Water System. We also use average hourly usage data for appliances from energyrating.gov.au and NZ-based thinktank BRANZ.

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