Running Costs of the Top 4 Home Appliances

clothes dryer

We can all agree that home appliances simplify our lives and save us a lot of time. But when it comes to the running cost of appliances, most people don’t know what the costs are.

As the head of purchasing at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, customers always ask me about the running costs of our home appliances in their buying process. I’m sure that you have the same question as well. Today, I will answer this question for you.

So, continue reading this post as I outline the running costs of the top 4 home appliances. The experts have estimated these running costs at Canstar Blue, so you can count on them to be reliable. I’ll also throw in some recommendations for energy-efficient appliances that we offer at our store, so make sure to read through them until the end!


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Dishwashers are one of the most common home appliances here in Australia. They are available in various energy ratings ranging from 1-10, where the higher the energy rating, the lower the running cost.

According to Canstar Blue, the annual running cost of a 3-star dishwasher running four times a week comes to $44.07.

At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we offer a range of energy-efficient dishwashers. Our 60cm Freestanding S/Steel Dishwasher and our 60cm Freestanding Dishwasher are rated 3 stars. By choosing either, you will keep your annual dishwasher running costs close to Canstar Blue’s estimate.

Fridge Freezers


Fridge freezers are another home appliance that can be found in almost any household. The running cost of a fridge freezer depends on its size and energy rating. Canstar Blue estimates that the annual running cost of a 3-star single-door fridge freezer comes to $72.01.

Here, at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we also offer a range of energy-efficient fridge freezers, including single-door models. In particular, our 420L Refrigerator Steel Look Finish, and our 420L Refrigerator White Finish, are 3-star single-door fridge freezers. The annual running cost of either of these two models comes close to the estimates.

Washing Machines

Washing Machine

Washing machines are another popular home appliance that is part of most households. Again, the running cost of a washing machine depends on its capacity and energy rating. For a 3-star rated washing machine running five loads a week, Canstar Blue estimates annual running costs to be $90.87.

Our 10kg Top Load Washing Machine and 12kg Top Load Washer are rated at 2 stars, respectively. Although they have a lower energy rating, their larger capacity means you won’t have to run as many loads, which will ultimately save money in the long run. Compare the difference between Front Loader and Top Loader Washing Machines to see which is more economical.

Clothes Dryers

clothes dryer

Finally, the fourth most common home appliance is the clothes dryer. As with every other appliance, the cost to run a clothes dryer depends on its capacity and its energy rating. According to Canstar Blue, a clothes dryer with a 3-star rating, running 3 loads per week, has an annual running cost of $157.38.

Here, at Ross’s Discount Home Centre, our 7kg Front Load Washer/3.5kg Dryer Combination is a highly energy-efficient clothes dryer rated at 4 stars. This combination washer and dryer will allow you to keep your annual running costs lower than Canstar Blue’s estimates.


The annual running cost of home appliances depends on the appliance’s capacity and energy rating. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the energy rating, the lower the running cost.

According to Canstar Blue, the annual running cost of a dishwasher is $44.07; a fridge freezer is $72.01; the washing machine is $90.87; and a clothes dryer is $157.38. These estimates are based on appliances with a 3-star rating.

For highly energy-efficient home appliances in Perth that will cost roughly the same as these estimates, look no further than those we stock here at Ross’s Discount Home Centre. Most of our appliances are rated 3 stars or above, so you can count on their running costs to be comparable.

To take a look at our range of home appliances, drop by our showroom in Guildford or shop from our online store today!


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