AS frequent users of electrical appliances, it only seems responsible to own basic knowledge around ways in which these appliances can be used efficiently.
This way you keep energy usage down and your wallet remains a little less empty when the monthly bill turns up.
Such appliances range from the light bulb in the bathroom to the switches on the wall and the refrigerators in the kitchen.
Some tips for the average household appliance user include simple things such as opening the windows whenever possible for fresh air and some natural light, rather than using fans, air conditioners and/or lights.
The FEA website is in fact a great place to get some energy-saving tips.
For instance, they have a section on refrigerators and freezers, which not surprisingly, make up the largest portion of energy consumed in residential buildings.
"Single door refrigerators/freezers: Have manual or push-button defrost and if regularly defrosted they can be economical," the website states.
It goes on to say that other freezers require a manual defrost method, while some do not require any defrosting at all.
"Refrigerators with the freezer on either the bottom or top are the most efficient. Bottom freezer models use approximately 16 per cent less energy than side-by-side models and top freezer models use about 13 per cent less than side-by-side."
When using wall switches, the tips are not to overcharge your phone — this is not good for the phone and neither is it good for energy-saving.
When laptops are charging, they do not need to be fully charged all the time — they can run on their own battery power too, because this can save you a lot of power and when the switch is not needed, turn it off, even if there isn't anything plugged into it.
When dealing with laundry, the tips hint that people do as much cleaning as possible with cold water because it requires energy to heat water, and when putting on a load of washing, make sure the load is a full one otherwise that is more wasted energy.
"Let the sun do the work wherever possible.
"Using a clothesline to dry your clothes not only saves energy, but also reduces wear and tear on your clothes."