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Which Tech Device Adds The Most To Your Electricity Bill?

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Ever wonder how much electricity your tech uses? And does it make up a significant part of your energy bill?

Technology is constantly changing, and new products are frequently hitting the shelves. While new products are claiming to be energy-efficient, that may not always be the case.

This article dives into how much electricity common household technology contributes towards your annual energy bill

We’ll be looking at desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, game consoles and TVs. Tech usage can differ between individuals. 

For comparison, we’ll assume that desktops, laptops, gaming consoles, and TVs are used for 8 hours daily at a 26.6c/kWh rate. We’ll compare how much it costs to charge the battery to full capacity for mobile phones and tablets. 

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Which tech uses the most energy?

Desktops have seen a small decline in recent years as a lightweight, portable device is viewed as a better alternative. But they’re still fairly common in Australian households. Their large screens and powerful components require a connection to an external power supply.

A mid-tier desktop like the HP Pavilion 27” All-in-One uses about 180W of electricity and could cost you at least $139.82 a year!

Top tier desktops such as the Apple’s 2020 27-inch iMac uses 295 watts and could cost you up to $229.16 per year!

Here’s a fun fact! Typically other devices would be connected to your desktop. For instance, a printer, scanner, sound system, and other pc peripherals can easily add to your electricity bill! 

Did you know that desktops still draw power on standby? For instance, the above iMac uses 74 watts of power while it just sits there! This is quite common among Australian households. So it may be worth unplugging it!

Laptop – Cheap or Expensive?

Find out about laptop energy usage

Laptops are portable and versatile appliances that are common in Australian households. The great thing about laptops is their internal battery source! So you’ll only ever need an external power supply when the battery is near empty and needs to be recharged.

The Macbook Air is a staple of Apple’s products with many tertiary students using it for university. It’s fair to say that most of you would assume that a high priced laptop uses heaps of energy. But you might be shocked by the results!

Apple’s 13 inch 2018 Macbook Air uses 8 watts of power and could cost you up to $6.21 annually! However, the Lenovo Thinkpad a285 uses 8.62 watts and could end up costing you $6.70 to use per year. 

Wow, that’s not too shabby at all! So it doesn’t matter which laptop you get as it’ll cost you about the same! But I would personally still choose the Apple Macbook!

If you’re on the market for a computer but don’t need the fancy high powered components, then a laptop’s your best bet! A portable computer that’s lesser than the price of a desktop and is less energy-intensive? Sign me up! 

Most people tend to leave their laptops plugged in once it’s fully charged. But did you know that it still drains some power? So it’s best to take it off charge once it’s at 100%. This prevents the battery from losing its capacity and using unnecessary electricity. 

Tablet – How Much To Charge?

Keen to learn how much energy your tech uses

Looking for a device that’s even more portable than a laptop? A tablet’s a light and compact device that does not use much electricity. 

It’s no surprise that tablets have a smaller battery capacity than laptops. Their highly efficient components only require a minimal amount of energy. 

If your primary use for a tablet is for binging Netflix, then you’d be better off going for a cheaper, affordable one. But high-end tablets such as the iPad, are ideal for individuals looking to replace their laptops with something less clunky. 

An iPad Air uses about 28.6 watts of power and takes 4 hours to charge fully. So a full daily charge can cost you up to $11.11 annually! Not bad at all!

Looking to buy a laptop to watch movies and listen to music?  Then why not go for a tablet which will do the job without ripping a hole in your wallet while also reducing your electricity expense!

Also, if you’re thinking of getting the young ones a tablet, you won’t have to worry about it giving you a massive electricity bill!

Charging Your Mobile Phone?

How much it costs to charge a smartphone

Back in the day, phones used to be so simple and were only used to communicate. Now, they offer much more!

When it comes to charging smartphones, you’ve got to wonder how much electricity it’ll cost you. You might think it’s expensive but hold on to your seats!

Smartphones use about 6 watts when they’re charging. So fully charging an iPhone 12 to 100% will take you 3 hours and could end up costing you $1.75 for the whole year! Shocking right?

Why spend so much money on a tablet if your smartphone can fulfil the purpose? If you don’t need a giant tablet’s fancy apps, then getting a good quality smartphone may be a good call!

Most people are guilty of leaving their charger plugged in all the time, myself included! This uses about 0.5 watts per hour and would barely amount to $1 a year. 

Charging your mobile phone does not use a significant amount of energy. But if you want to save a dollar, then maybe unplugging your charger would do the trick!

Gaming Consoles – PS4 or Xbox One?

How much power a gaming console uses

The demand for game consoles has risen rapidly in recent years. And with the release of the Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X, it’s not surprising to see why!

For this article, we’ll be comparing the tech usage between Sony’s Playstation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. 

A Playstation 4 uses about 150 watts of energy and can easily rack up a $116.52 annually!

Whereas an Xbox One comes in less, using 120 watts of energy and could cost you up to $93.22 annually.

Consoles today are some of the most powerful devices that offer a state of the art gaming experience. So it’s fair to assume that these devices could contribute to a large amount to your electricity bill. 

Here’s a fun fact that you probably didn’t know! Consoles still draw power when they’re on standby. A Playstation 4 consumes about 8.4 watts of electricity on standby mode, costing you up to $14 a year without using it! 

When associating a gaming console’s electricity costs, it’s important to remember that most of them are not stand-alone devices. A game console would need a tv or monitor and a sound system which could easily stack up against your electricity cost.

But what about a gaming PC? Is it worth getting a gaming pc or sticking with a console? Each gaming PC isn’t the same as owners can customise their setup to their preference. Hence, different PCs have different power consumptions. 

Let’s take the GGPC Outlaw RX 570 gaming PC as an example. This PC has a power usage of 450W which could cost you a mammoth $349.56 annually! Also, that’s without a monitor! Add that on, and your electricity bill could rise.

So if you’re not a hardcore gamer, you’re better off with a gaming console. Not only is it less damaging to your electricity bill, but it’s also far cheaper! 

What type of TV?

How much does it cost to use your TV

You can expect to find at least one TV in almost every Australian household. TVs are typically used for long hours daily, so you’ve got to wonder how much damage it does to your electricity bill.

There are different types of TV’s, but we’ll be looking at a 55-inch LED, QLED and OLED televisions for this blog. 

A 55-inch Samsung LED 4K Smart TV typically uses 102 watts of electricity and can cost you up to $79.23 annually!

The Samsung 55” QLED Smart TV consumes 151 watts of power and can add up to $117.30 to your annual electricity bill. 

The Sony Bravia 55” UHD OLED Smart TV is the most energy-demanding TV. It uses 341W of energy and can quickly rack up a massive $264.89 on your annual energy bill!

The amount of electricity your TV contributes towards your bill must be an eye-opener! Smart TVs now have the technology to automatically switch off after a certain amount of time on standby. But leaving it on standby could also be like throwing money down the drain. 

So here’s an idea! Turn off your TV if you’re not using it. And while you’re at it, unplug it from the wall as it still sucks power if it’s plugged in.

Energy Saving Tips!

Everyone wants to keep their hard-earned money in their pockets, including me. Here’s our guide on a few hot tips to efficiently use your energy and save you some money.

Have you ever heard that devices use more energy when you turn it on and off instead of leaving it running all the time? Well, it doesn’t apply to all cases. Turning off your electronic devices when you’re not using them is an effective way to cut down your costs. 

As you’ve learned, electronic devices still use energy when they’re plugged in. So unplugging your desktop, tv and gaming console when you’re not using them helps you save your energy usage. You should also unplug your laptop, tablet and phone once they’re fully recharged as you’d save a few extra dollars from going to your energy provider. 

Another tip is to turn down your screen brightness, reducing how much energy your devices use and the number of charges it requires. Your Wifi, GPS and Bluetooth are transmitting signal functions that massively drain your battery. It’ll require you to charge your devices more often, so turning them off could be a viable option to save money. 

Would A Better Electricity Rate Help?

How Much electricity your devices uses

By now you should have a good idea of just how much your household technology could contribute towards your electricity bill. We’ve also shared a few hot tips that could help you save on your next energy bill. 

But if you’re looking to cut down your electricity costs, you should make sure you are on a competitive plan. And that’s where Electricity Monster comes in! 

We’ll help you find a better energy plan to accommodate your technology usage. Use our 100% Free electricity comparison service to find yourself a fair deal.

Don’t let a high energy bill affect how you use your technology! Call us today on 1300 232 848 for a friendly chat with one of our energy experts. We’ll help you find a sharper rate, so you don’t compromise how much you use your technology!


Important Notes To Consider:

  • The 26.6 cents per kWh is the average rate in Australia based on our blog on the Australian states average kWh of electricity.
  • The information in this blog cannot substitute for legal advice. No financial decisions should be made based on information from this blog.
  • This data is accurate as of 07/01/2020
About Vimal

Vimal is an energy journalist, obsessed with getting Australians a fair price in an inflated electricity market. Equipped with a Bachelors degree in Marketing, his interests revolve around energy markets.

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