How much can you save by switching off unnecessary items?

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This summer, with a few changes, you might be able to benefit from lower electricity prices.

There are some appliances you do not need to have switched on when its warmer, resulting in lower energy consumption - such as your clothes dryer and beer fridge.

Air drying clothes

You can harness the power of the sun to get your clothes dry, rather than putting them in the clothes dryer. This will help you to save on your power bills as clothes dryers are 'energy hungry'.

An estimate from the California Energy Commission calculates the savings from this at around $91 a year.

Drying your clothes in the sun has other benefits such as making your clothes last longer. This is because Clothes dryers can beat out the fibres of your clothes and ruin the elasticity of some items.

Sometimes drying clothes in the dryer can also shrink them and certain items such as hosiery, lingerie and jeans should never be put into the dryer.

Plus, harnessing the sun's rays can help clean your clothes as the sunshine works as a natural anti-bacterial and deodoriser, so your washing will smell fresh and clean when you bring it inside.

Unplug the beer fridge

Another energy guzzler in the home is the fridge, so consider turning off the beer cooler when the mercury is high.

Knock down the amount on your power bill by storing beer and other drinks in the main fridge when they need to be.

Or if you really need to cool your beverage down quickly, wrap it in a wet paper towel and put it in the freezer for around 20 minutes.

Before the carbon tax was introduced, the average second fridge cost each household around $290 a year, according to a 2012 Sydney Morning Herald article by Matt Wade.

Most second fridges used to store beer and other goodies are older models and therefore less energy efficient than their more modern counterparts.

A ten year old model with a 3 1/2 star rating will cost you around twice the amount to run as a current model.

If you don't really need it, switch it off. You might see a smaller amount on your energy bill.

Shorter showers

The warmer summer temperatures may also encourage you to spend less time in the shower, which can save you money.

If you cut your shower time down to four minutes and have an electric hot water system, a shower will cost you around 24 cents in Tasmania. If you have gas you could also save on gas prices as it would only cost 18 cents.

For a bigger household, these savings could add up, so it is well worth trying to cut down those shower times.