Gone are the days when entertainment meant reading a book or going outside - these days we have more electronic devices than Australians have solar panels on their roof - considering 1.89 million of us have solar panels - that’s a lot of electronic devices. With all these electronic devices cluttering our lives we've come up with some simple ways you can reduce your energy use and still stay plugged in.
With our busy lifestyles often we've got many things happening at once. If you’re like me, the first thing you do when you get home is charge your smartphone, turn on the air conditioner/heater, preheat the oven, and often turn on the dishwasher or throw a load into the washing machine.
Meanwhile, kid A is in their room on a gaming console and charging their smartphone, kid B is on their tablet trying to decide on a snack with the fridge door wide open while your other half is on their laptop while watching the TV.
Sound familiar? These days we all have devices that need to be plugged in at any given time. Not to mention the gaming consoles and TVs. Your home entertainment is costing you more than you think.
The Australian Multi-Screen Report (Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen) found that there are 6.4 screens per Australian household (includes TVs and tablets) and with the average Australian watching 2 hours and 39 minutes of TV a day, we're spending more time plugged in than ever.
Combined with the fridge, extra freezer, clothes dryer, washing machine, dishwasher and various smaller appliances, that we use every single day - your electricity bill can soon be through the roof.
What are your appliances are costing you each year?
These figures are an average guide; you may only use your air conditioner in summer but your fridge runs for 24 hours 7 days a week, there are also other things to consider such as the age and running time of your devices and appliances.
As you can see, all your appliances can add up - and rather quickly. But, what can you do?
Reduce your energy use with a solar battery
Investing in a smart solar battery setup, like Reposit means you can use energy when you want and save money on your power bill.
So how does it work? A smart solar battery will help keep your household comfortable by managing your household energy consumption and lowering your power bill. It works with your solar panels, to predict how much electricity your panels will create, and knows when to store this in your battery to lower your power bills.
This means you can plug in your devices when you want, without the high cost. Your smart battery will know when you want to use your devices and appliances and reduce your need to buy electricity when it’s expensive, saving your solar-generated electricity for when you need it most.