Spend on: Your washer and dryer
Once considered a huge energy (and money) sink, dryer technology has come a long way since first hitting households back in the 1930s. Investing in a high-quality, energy-efficient heat pump dryer may feel like a big hit to the paycheck, but its operating costs will more than makeup for it in the long run. Even smaller households can see big savings here, and not just from energy use. Heat pump dryers collect the water from wet clothes and drain them down your laundry sink, meaning it’s perfect for poorly ventilated rooms and reduces the risk of water damage and mould.
Similarly, washing machines nowadays have been designed with water and energy efficiency as a priority, so paying a little bit more for a high-quality one means you’ll be saving on both your water and electricity bills in the future.
Save on: Your oven
When it comes to size, features, and build quality, ovens can vary a great deal. But when considering energy saving options, you can't really go wrong with any modern electric oven. If you're looking for something to save you money on, any basic range will do.
Spend on: LED downlights
Old-school incandescent lights haven’t been a thing here in Australia since they were phased out in 2009, but there’s still a big difference between your energy-saving halogen or fluorescent lights and actual LED downlights. Designed to save you energy and money, your average LED light can last up to 40 times longer than an equivalent halogen light, meaning that not only do they use less energy, but you’ll wind up having to replace them far less often as well.
Save on: Your fridge
Fridges and freezers are, by and large, mostly the same across makes and models when it comes to energy efficiency. So long as you buy a fridge that’s the appropriate size for your needs, then it doesn’t really matter if you fork out more for the luxury edition or stick with the classic model. At the end of the day, the change in energy use isn't that great, and if your fridge comes with more bells and whistles attached, you may find yourself paying more in energy costs per year than an entry-level model!