Choosing and using efficient whiteware

Choosing energy efficient whiteware, and thinking about the way you use it, can really cut your electricity use without compromising your lifestyle.


Running whiteware appliances - like fridges, washing machines, dryers and dishwashers - accounts for about a third of the average power bill.

Because we use these appliances daily and tend to keep them for a long time, choosing and using them wisely can lower your power bills and make better use of our country's resources for years to come.

 Choosing and using appliances


[Animated opening sequence, music and title: EECA ENERGYWISE - The Energy Spot]

We open on Jared, by a letterbox in the driveway of a house. He opens it and takes out an envelope:

Aahh, the power bill. Did you know our appliances are responsible for about 30% of one of these?

As he says this, a delivery truck is backing up the driveway. It comes to a stop and the driver gets out and begins to unload a new washing machine, still in its box:

So if you're buying a new appliance, choose one that's energy efficient...

We cut to see the brand new washing machine taking pride of place in the laundry. Jared gestures towards the energy rating label on the machine. We see a close-up of the label:

Use the Energy Rating label to compare models. The more stars, the more energy efficient.

We now cut to pan across two washing machines - we can clearly see the energy rating labels. We see that one has more stars than the other.

A two star washing machine could cost $1200 to run over its lifetime - a four and a half star machine could cost just $380 dollars.

As this is said, we see a graphic appear on the two star machine which reads: RUNNING COSTS: $1200, a graphic on the next machine reads: RUNNING COSTS: $380.

Disclaimer graphic to be added which reads: Running costs may vary per household.

We pan to an Energy Star label on another machine, again we're focused on the Energy Star label.

An Energy Star shows it's one of the most energy-efficient.

Jared walks into the kitchen, gesturing towards appliances like microwave and stands beside a dishwasher. We see it is full. He closes the door.

How we use our appliances makes a big difference to how much energy we use.

Jared now moves beside a fridge.

It's a good idea to check to see if our appliances are working well - a fridge with a poor seal works harder to maintain the right temperature.

He opens the fridge door turns off the light and places a torch inside.

Here's a tip, turn the lights off and pop a torch inside. If you can see light coming out, it means the seal needs replacing.

Jared removes the torch and turns toward us:

Power savings like that build up over time. If we buy and use appliances wisely, we'll all benefit by saving energy and money.

I'll see you next time.

[Animated ending sequence and music, The Energy Spot]



EECA recommends seeking professional advice where appropriate.

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