Household appliances that use the most energy

With increased electronics comes increased energy consumption. We look at household appliances that use more energy than meets the eye.

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Good decisions are often difficult to make. And if you’re in the market for electrical goods, they’re really difficult.

According to CSIRO researchers, “when choosing what products to buy or what services to use, people often think they are making smart decisions and behaving in ways that are highly rational and congruent with their values and intentions. However, daily life illustrates that this is often not the case.”

These researchers are basically saying that how we mean to live and how we actually live don’t always match up. 

Consumers are making complex decisions all the time, and as the range of consumer goods expands, we’re using more and more electrical items. We’re hooking them up to the grid with less time to consider their impact – and very little time to consider whether plugging them in lines up with our values and intentions. 

So, it’s time to make the ‘smart decisions’ those researchers talked about. Here’s a rundown of the power you can expect household appliances to use.


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