Choosing a freezer
When it comes to choosing a freezer, you will want to make sure it meets the dual objectives of addressing your household's needs and not putting a strain on your energy bills.
Having a separate freezer can help you save money on your weekly grocery shopping - especially if you have a large family.
The additional storage space allows you to shop in bulk and even have meals at the ready for busy evenings when you may not feel like cooking.
But there are a number of considerations that are important to bear in mind when choosing a freezer - and you'll need to think carefully about the option that best suits you before you make your purchase.
Generally, stand-alone freezers are available in two types - upright and chest freezers. Location will in part determine which option you choose - you want to make sure it will fit in your home, after all - but energy efficiency is also something to think about.
As a rule, chest freezers tend to be slightly more eco-friendly than their upright counterparts - although some people find that a lack of shelving makes this type of model more difficult to organise.
Upright freezers may be a better space-saving option for your family, but it is important to bear in mind that these can be more expensive to run.
Other things that may affect your freezer's energy consumption include the temperature it is set to, how full it is and even how frequently you open it.
Many Australian families are worried about rising electricity prices - especially when it comes to the strain that everyday household appliances can place on their bills.
By choosing a freezer with a high energy star rating, you can be safe in the knowledge that you have opted for an efficient model that can support your family for years to come.
You may also find that there are even more ways to save when it comes to your energy bills - and you might be able to cut down on your monthly expenditure by simply switching suppliers.
With a quick phone call to a switching service, you can find out if there are any deals in your area better than your current tariff - and if there are, you can quickly and easily take the steps to switch to a more competitive provider.
Posted by Charlie Moore