SEPT 2023

Save Money Using Your Washing Machine: Make Your Home a Smart Home

Discover how solar and smart appliances can work hand in hand to save you time and money.

Written by Kerry Mullany

The future is Smart Homes.


So, how can money be saved in the laundry room? 

On average, a two-person household uses the washing machine three to five times per week. If there are four people under your roof, this increases to eight to ten loads of laundry every single week. If any of those people are children, it’s safe to add a couple of extra loads in for good measure.

Laundry detergent and water costs aside, the electricity bill that accompanies this household chore can be quite significant, especially if you are using an older washing machine. 

We live in a world of Smart Appliances and Home Solar Systems… 

As technology advances, so have our everyday electrical friends at home. From the trusty kettle that supplies you with that hot cup of caffeine in the morning, to the refreshing air conditioner keeping you comfortable all year round.

Energy efficient policies are moving the electrical appliance market away from costly inefficiency and towards smart technology that helps us save. 


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So, what is a Smart Appliance?

A smart appliance is a household device, such as a refrigerator, washing machine, or thermostat, that can connect to the internet or other devices, enabling users to connect, control, and monitor the appliance.

For example, you can schedule run times to fit personal schedules, take advantage of cheaper off-peak energy, or maximise solar power utilisation to save time, energy and money.  

Why are Smart Appliances and Solar a good match? 

Because they're the power couple of energy efficiency!

OK, look it's not our best joke, but probably because it's not a joke. Energy efficiency means lower energy bills!

Alongside using smart appliances, generating solar electricity helps you double down on your energy savings. Take it from Ange, who took her home electrification to the next level. After installing solar a year ago, she now enjoys her energy bills in credit!


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Smart appliances that save you money: washing machine, smart home

Anyone else got a laundry mountain growing bigger by the day in their laundry room? Before it reaches Everest heights, perhaps it’s time to invest in a smart washing machine and dryer. Why? Because believe it or not, washing can be made easy, and fun!

(OK, fun might be pushing it, but the savings you’ll make on the efficiency of a smart washing machine can be used for fun things)

Smart washers and dryers can be programmed to run during off-peak energy hours, reducing energy consumption and cost. If you are powering your washing machines with solar, you can set the washes to run when you are producing the most electricity from your solar system.

The smart machine can be connected to your smart metre to communicate this info! 

You might need solar for this smart system. Here’s a Smart place you can get that (;

A solar water heater uses energy from the sun to heat your water. Long hot showers that won’t cost you an arm and a leg! (We’re talking about those teenagers again…)

Fun fact: Electrically heated hot water accounts for about 25% of your energy bill. So if you are using solar to heat your water, you’ll be reducing your consumption of costly grid energy. 

For those without solar, there are always Heat Pump Hot Water Heaters:

Heat pump water heaters use electricity and operate like a reverse refrigerator to make hot water in a tank very efficiently. In fact they make about  2-3 units of hot water for every unit of electricity used. This means they're 200-300% efficient.

Again though, if you really want to electrify your home and save money, power this heat pump with rooftop solar! 

These intelligent little devices are a teenagers worst nightmare and a parents god send. 

Devices plugged into smart plugs can be managed via the smart plug app. Program times of use, remotely turn on and off the power and even view your total energy consumption for the specific device plugged in. No more late night computer games or TV in the kids rooms, simply switch off their devices from the comfort of your bed! You could even wind your teens up by teasing them that you’ll start charging them for power!


Whether you're down South in Victoria or up in the Northern Territory, a Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioner (HVAC) system is a smart choice for your home. Who doesn't want perfectly ambient air all year round. And this luxury doesn’t have to be a costly indulgence. Energy-efficient HVAC systems use advanced technology to provide optimal climate control while consuming less energy.


How many of us dream of having a second fridge in the garage purely for that sweet nectar we call beer? Dream no more. If you opt for an energy-efficient refrigerator, you can keep your cans cool without compromising space for the weekly food shop. 

Designed with advanced insulation, efficient compressors, and temperature controls to minimise energy consumption, a smart fridge will even send a notification to your phone if you’ve left the fridge door open. Now, that's cool. 


Another energy guzzler, the dishwasher is a necessity in most households. Though there’s nothing worse than loading up the dishes from the night before, and then remembering when you’re already at work that you forgot to turn the darn thing on. Well well well, with your smart dishwasher app you can simply choose the wash cycle you desire and just like that those dishes will be sparkling clean upon your arrival home. What a service. 

Asides this convenience, smart dishwashers are energy-efficient, and use less water.

Cha-ching to the savings. 

We’ve all seen on instagram “burglar caught on security camera tripping face first into the pond”. Hilarious! Catch your own galah in action and go viral! 

Just kidding, but if you want better security at home, a smart home security system is the way to go. Get notified when there is an intruder and view a livestream of your property. Plus save money on false alarm call outs!

Repeated false alarms could be costly if the police start issuing call out fees. With the smart system you can see if the issue is a legitimate emergency or just a curious kookaburra taking a selfie. 


Raise your hand if you are the type of person who runs the tank to fumes before refuelling? Guilty.

Electric Vehicles are becoming increasingly popular in Australia. Pull in from work, plug in, have a full tank the next morning. The convenience would make life for those who raised their hands above, a lot easier. 

Installing solar and using a home solar EV charger will save a bunch on electricity. Essentially, you’ll be charging your EV for free using the power of the sun! 


To all you lucky folk with a pool… You could maximise its use for an all year round pool party if you install a solar powered heater. Similarly to the solar powered water heating system, you can save money on heating your home resort with cheap solar energy!

The ultimate way to transform your home into a smart home is adding a solar lithium battery to your rooftop solar system. 

Asides bragging about your super-cool state of the art solar battery, you can save even more on your energy bill using this smart energy storage system. In fact with some energy plans, exclusive to solar and battery owners, you can even make money.

Further cut costs by controlling and monitoring your energy consumption through the smart app linked to your battery. Identify which appliances are energy-hungry and which are running lean. 

Want to know more benefits of solar batteries?

Ultimately, turning your house into a smart home is the way forward.

A solar system tailored to your electricity needs, and convenient energy-efficient appliances will save you money in the long-run. Money that can be used to live the lifestyle you want, whether it's having a heated swimming pool, second fridge, or third child under your roof. 

As energy saving assets become more accessible, smart homes become the new normal and a no-brainer when looking to cut costs on electricity.  


Do you want to know more about how electrifying your home can save your money?

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