Just how much money could you save by running your washing machine, clothes dryer or dishwasher at off-peak times? We take a look at a typical household and the savings that could be made by only switching on appliances when other residential homes and businesses are using less electricity.
How much electricity do your appliances use?
Whether you’re trying to get on top of the laundry or giving your dishwasher a workout after a hectic weekend of entertaining, electricity used in busy peak times can place a strain on the country’s power networks. That’s why off-peak electricity is charged at a cheaper price, in order to encourage people to use their electricity outside these busy times.
Off-peak times will vary depending on your location and meter type, but they’re usually at night and/or the weekends. It’s possible to save electricity – and money – by taking advantage of these off-peak rates by only running appliances at these times.
How to go off-peak
In order to take advantage of off-peak electricity rates it depends on the type of meter your home has and the way your meter is configured. Essentially, you need to have an off-peak meter.
To find out if you’re eligible for off-peak rates, we’ve put together a handy table to help you. Alternatively, if you’re an EnergyAustralia customer, you can check your bill under the ‘current charges’ section to see if you’re already on off-peak electricity pricing. And if you’re still unsure of your meter configuration contact us and a friendly member of the team will be able to help.
For our Victorian customers with off-peak smart meters that are remotely read we now offer various ‘flexible pricing’ plans, meaning you pay different prices depending on the time of day and day of the week that you use your electricity. There’s the Regular Saver for homes that are busy both day and night, which allows you to enjoy lower prices during off-peak times, and the Weekend Saver, where electricity used during Saturdays and Sundays will secure the best rates.
What to look for in appliances
Get the most out of your off-peak meter and flexible pricing plan with the help of your appliances. From washing machines to dishwashers, many now have timers and delay-start features so you can control the time of day you use electricity and therefore reduce your bill.
In addition, there are a few more energy-efficient features to consider when selecting a new model – such as a washing machine. Look for the Energy Rating label and opt for the highest star rating within your budget, as each star means energy savings of 27 per cent. And when buying a new dishwasher, remember that an Energy Rating label with six stars has been rated the most efficient.
The right energy plan may help you take advantage of off-peak energy rates. Consider using EnergyAustralia’s free online calculator to get a quote and find a suitable plan.