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The A+ Guide to Buying Energy Efficient Home Appliances

21 May 2018 No Comment

Recently I came across this comprehensive money saving guide which can help you to save costs should an appliance break down unexpectedly.

Yet when it comes to buying your first home appliance, or replacing one, it’s worth taking the time to consider your options. The cost of running your fridge-freezer, tumble dryer or TV may not often cross your mind but powering these devises can make up a significant percentage of your bills.

By choosing more energy-efficient home appliances, you can:

  • Reduce running costs
  • Save money on your power bill
  • Use less energy for the same output
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from your appliance
  • Reduce your own carbon footprint.

Energy-saving appliances within your home benefit both your pocket and the environment. If it’s time for an upgrade or you’re looking to kit out your new home, then follow this Guide to Buying Energy Efficient Home Appliances.

  1. Check the energy rating label

Many different types of energy-consuming appliances are legally required to show clear and consistent information on their energy usage; helping you to make more informed purchase decisions.

As a minimum, these appliances must display a standard energy-efficiency label including the product’s energy rating. These ratings usually range from A+++ to G, with A grades being the most energy efficient.

Take fridges and freezers. These appliances are switched on 24/7 so they are constantly using up energy. In fact, your fridge alone is the second largest energy contributor in your home after central heating – making up 20% of the electricity used in your home.

If you were to choose an A+++ fridge freezer over a similar model with only an A+ rating, you’ll save an average of £255 in energy bills over the lifetime of the product. Of course, the size of the product will also need to be considered but more on that later.

Newer energy labels also show the appliance’s annual energy consumption in kWh, allowing you to better compare your options. It can also help to check the reviews for the specific model of appliance you’re looking at before buying.

  1. Choose the right size of appliance

Energy ratings are generally given based on each appliance’s size category; meaning two different sized appliances with the same energy rating could still use very different amounts of electricity.

For example, an A rated 180-litre fridge freezer may only cost £39 per year to run whereas a larger 525-litre fridge freezer with an even better rating of A+ would cost closer to £52 per year to keep running.

However, choosing the smallest possible model you’re happy to live with may not always be your best option. With air conditioning units, for example, finding the middle ground will help you choose the most energy-efficient option.

Too large and your AC unit will cycle on and off more frequently and take more energy to power, where a smaller unit would need to be on for longer periods of time to do the same job.

Similarly, a larger washing machine may allow you to do fewer washes but if you don’t have enough clothes to fill the machine properly you could be wasting water and electric on every load. Find the right size of appliance to suit your own usage needs.

  1. Understand every appliance has two price tags

So, the upfront cost of your new TV is £400 but what about the ‘hidden price’ tag? That’s the estimated cost of running the appliance over its lifetime.

Much of the time, the more energy-efficient models of an appliance are more expensive than the standard version. But the reason for this is that these higher-rated appliances save you money in the long term in reduced energy bills.

Some new grade A-rated appliances now use roughly only 50% of the energy required to power older models, so a higher upfront cost may be worth the incredible savings you’ll make over the product’s lifetime.

  1. Look for energy-saving settings

If you’re looking for the most energy-efficient appliance for your home, choosing those with specific energy-saving settings is the way to go.

This is particularly important when it comes to dishwashers. These take up a significant chunk of your energy bill, costing around £42 per year to run.

If dishes are only slightly dirty they can be cleaned in just a light wash. Eco or energy-saving settings allow for less heavy-duty options, using much less electricity and water to power.

  1. Replace and upgrade

If your reliable old washing machine is still going strong, you may not feel that you need to replace it just yet. But even fully operational appliances can be energy-guzzling so upgrading before the old one breaks could still work out more cost-effective.

You can always donate or resell your old appliances to help reduce waste and keep down your carbon footprint.

Buying Energy Efficient Home Appliances

By choosing appliances that need less energy to run, you can save yourself a great deal of money in the long run.

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