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FAQs

1. What is Money Grows on Trees?
2. How do I use this website?
3. Where do you get your information from?
4. Will I achieve the same savings that Money Grows on Trees calculates?
5. Why do your recommendations change from time to time?
6. Is Money Grows on Trees independent?
7. Why are there ads on this website?

1. What is Money Grows on Trees?

Money Grows on Trees is a free information resource that shows households what actions they can take to reduce their carbon emissions, and how much money and CO2 they could save from those actions.

2. How do I use this website?

Most of our guides are focused on buying major appliances for your home. Anytime you’re buying an appliance that we cover, we’d recommend using our website before you start shopping.

Our website helps you zero in on the most cost-effective type of appliance for your situation. For example, if you’re looking for a new hot water system, it’ll point you in the direction of a heat pump or solar hot water system, instead of an electric hot water system.

Once you know what type of appliance you need to buy, you can start shopping. If you’re buying a dishwasher, fridge, TV or washing machine, our calculators (including those on the APPliance mobile app) let you compare models based on their overall costs and CO2 emissions from electricity use. Aside from this, our website doesn’t compare brands or models on any other basis. We’d recommend using services such as Choice or Product Review to compare brands on quality, features and value for money.

3. Where do you get your information from?

Our information comes from a number of sources, including:

  • State and Federal Government bodies
  • Universities and official research institutes
  • Energy companies
  • Appliance manufacturers and retailers
  • Appliance installers

We generally cross-check information from one source against others, to ensure that our information is reliable. Much of the information we get from commercial entities such as energy companies and manufacturers is based on mystery shopping.

4. Will I achieve the same savings that Money Grows on Trees calculates?

The financial and carbon emission savings that we publish are an indication of what you could save. In reality your actual savings will vary based on a number of factors including the model of appliance you buy, how you use it, where you get your energy from, and how much you pay for it.

The models we select in our examples are those that we believe most closely represent what the average consumer would buy.

When calculating your financial savings, we take the lowest electricity and gas prices we can find in the market (including any discounts), so that we don’t end up overestimating your possible savings.

When calculating your emission savings, we assume you get all your power from the grid, and that you don’t purchase any Green Power products.

5. Why do your recommendations change from time to time?

We review our material periodically to ensure it’s up to date. Sometimes we find new information which causes us to change our potential cost and CO2 emission savings figures, and subsequently our recommendations in some cases. The types of new information we find include:

  • Changes in energy prices: these affect your potential savings. Sometimes a change in prices could make a previous recommendation uneconomical.
  • Changes in emission factors: emission factors represent the quantity of CO2 emitted to produce a unit of energy. As our energy supply gets cleaner, the emissions from energy used by your appliance decrease. This could in turn reduce the CO2 emissions savings you may get from a particular appliance.
  • Changes in technology: technological changes may increase or decrease the energy efficiency of a particular appliance. This could in turn change the value of any savings and/or any recommendation.
  • Any savings and recommendations we make are based on our judgement at the time we last updated the relevant material. Where there are changes to recommendations, we will highlight these changes in the relevant article.

    6. Is Money Grows on Trees independent?

    Money Grows on Trees has no affiliations to any government, political organisation or lobby group.

    We do however want to work with governments, researchers, environmental groups and industry to constantly bring new information to the public. From time to time we will work with these bodies to produce content. We may also receive money from external bodies in return for providing a service. In these cases, we will disclose any financial or other relationship when publishing material developed with an external body.

    Where we develop material with an external body, we will only publish the material if we believe it to be accurate and in the public interest to do so. We will not publish material that we know to be misleading or biased.

    7. Why are there ads on this website?

    In return for making our content free to consumers, we sell advertising space on our website and app to fund our service. Unless we expressly say so, we don’t endorse the products or services of any of our advertisers. We’re also not responsible for the information contained in any ads.

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