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Plastic Free July

Anyone else sick of all the unnecessary plastic being used?  New appliances are one of the worst offenders being wrapped in plastic and Styrofoam.  I understand that the Styrofoam protects the corners and appliance from getting scratched however most people will chuck all this stuff in land fill.

We recently got a new Fridge Freezer for our home and it came with all the wrapping.  This is what I did so that nothing would end up in land fill.  The soft plastic’s all went into one plastic bag and I tied this up and put it in the recycle bin. I understand that not every council offers this service so you can take your soft plastic’s to Coles and put them in these bins to be recycled.
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So, what’s new with SESM?

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We have been busy bee’s behind the scenes improving our website to ensure you have the best shopping experience.  Not only can you shop for thousands of electrical appliances you can check their annual running cost at the same time.

We have made it even easier for you to buy your next washing machine, dryer, electric heater etc. Now with the Save Energy Save Money website when you use the compare function you can see the life time cost of the appliance.  We have calculated the life time cost of the appliance with this formula Cost of Appliance + (annual running cost x 10) = life time cost’.
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5 Energy Habits to save you $$$

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Knowledge is power and power costs you money!  Know your energy consumption and start reducing it today.  Here are 5 easy energy habits that will save you $100’s on your energy bills:
1.       Standby Consumption
Most households are guilty of leaving appliances plugged in for convenience. Standby energy consumption can account for around $120 on your bill per year. How much will you pay for convenience?  Take a look around your home, all those flashing lights and digital clocks are costing you money on your power bills.  Everything from microwaves, TV’s, DVD players even your lap top needs to be unplugged when they are not in use. Did you know that game consoles left on standby mode are one of the biggest energy drainers for standby consumption?
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Do Appliances make our lives easier?

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What appliance couldn’t you live without?  Do you find yourself running through several appliances in your head right now?  Fridge Freezer, Oven, Washing machine right down to hair dryer’s or hair straighteners.  It’s a tough one as we have become so reliant on our appliances that we have forgotten how to live without them.
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Getting back to basics

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These days our lives are over run with technology and appliances, every now and then it’s a good idea to ditch the tech and and live a simpler life, not only will you save energy on your power bills but you’ll be doing the planet a favour.

Let’s look at a few ways to switch out the appliances in your life, an easy switch you can do right now is swap the TV for a book, you can join a book club to give you the incentive to keep reading, don’t feel you must rush out and buy a book, save some trees and visit your local library and get books for free.  Resist the urge to reach for your kindle, give yourself the satisfaction of reading a book.
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