As part of your green home renovations consider energy savings which can be achieved through any appliance purchases which are made. Here are a few items to consider:

Refrigerators & Freezers

  • Both are large consumers of electricity, freezers more so.
  • The most commonly used upright combination units loose much of the cold air contained in them each time the doors are opened.
  • Chest freezers are more efficient and could be considered in combination with a standalone refrigerator.
  • Operating at -15 to -18 degrees freezers are more energy intensive than refrigerators operating at 3-5 degrees celcius.
  • Energy efficient alternatives:


  • LED is preferable to LCD as it uses up to 40% less power for the same size display.
  • More information:


  • Kettles use a relatively large amount of power but for a relatively short amount of time.
  • One of the major inefficiencies is that most often more water is boiled than is used (ie 3 cups boiled when only a single cup is required).
  • Try filling your existing kettle with a measured number of cups of water, or use on of the following options which only boil a single cup at a time:


  • Laptops typically use significantly less power than desktop computers.
  • There is a near 50% inefficiency in charging a battery, so keep you laptop plugged into the charger whenever possible.

Battery chargers

Soda Water makers

  • Instead of transporting carbonated water using disposable/recycleable packaging, consider making your own at home using tap water.
  • SodaStream have a range of inexpensive soda water makers that can pay for themselves within 1-2 years.


  • Contrary to popular belief automatic dishwashers in many cases consume less water than manually washing dishes.
  • Look for models which allow you to connect a hot water supply if you have an efficient hot water heater such as solar or heat pump.
  • Consider the Fisher & Paykel dish drawer range which lets you run half loads.
  • Buy online from Appliances online
  • Compare models at EnergyRatings.gov.au

Washing machines

  • Front loaders consume less water than top loaders
  • Wash with cold water to save energy
  • Compare models at EnergyRatings.gov.au

Clothes Dryers

Drying racks