What $1 worth of power will get you

Published 9:43am 2 June 2021

What $1 worth of power will get you
Words by Kylie Knight

Winter has arrived and many of us are spending more time indoors, using powered appliances to keep warm and entertain us, but what do they cost to run?

Energex Executive General Manager Customer Michael Dart says recent nationally compiled data explains exactly what $1 worth of power will buy you, when running appliances at home.

“Using a reverse-cycle airconditioner is still one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your home warm, costing around a dollar to run the average-sized system at 20 degrees Celsius in a 36sqm area for two hours,” he says.

“People often love a longer, hot shower in winter but for every 15 minutes it’s costing $1 - not to mention the additional water in dry areas.

“And just as you would on fine days in summer, continue using the Hills Hoist and sun for drying clothes where possible because using the dryer can cost up to a dollar per load.”

What $1 worth of power will get you

So, what does it cost to keep entertained indoors over winter?

Michael explains: “A dollar would buy you around 20 hours of binge watching your favourite series on a smart TV.

“Charging your smart phone is extremely cheap, costing just a dollar for a whole year.

“It’s hard to resist comfort food in the cooler months and using your oven to cook a hearty meal will cost a dollar, while your fridge costs about the same to run for two to three days, depending on its size.”

Unfortunately for most of us, staying indoors is not just about kicking back on the couch. Michael says chores will always get in the way of fun, so aside from inconvenience, what does it cost to run the white goods?

“When doing the washing, a dollar will clean around five loads in a front-loading machine compared to three cycles in a top-loader,” he said.

“Washing the dishes costs around the same as your front loader, getting around three rounds of plates and cutlery done for a dollar.

“If going for a drive is your thing in the cool weather, and you have an electric car, then you’re doing it pretty economically, motoring around 18km for just one dollar.”

Want to know more? Check out the Energex factsheet here

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