Buying New Appliances
When you are buying a new appliance, there are quite a few considerations to make before you make that final decision, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Forward thinking and picking the right capacity will help you choose the most efficient appliance for your home.
It’s important that you look at the technical specifications of the appliance, as well as its given energy rating. This will let you know more about potential running costs.
As we mentioned before, two appliances could have the same energy rating, but this doesn’t mean they will have the same energy consumption.
For example, a compact undercounter fridge and an American style fridge freezer might both have an A+ efficiency rating. However, the American style fridge freezer will have higher annual running costs, as it has a larger capacity.
If you consider the estimated annual consumption, you’ll have a better idea of the expense. This should help you choose the most efficient appliance for your requirements.
Pick the Right Size
Picking an appliance that’s the right size for your needs means you won’t use an excessive amount of energy – white goods like washing machines and fridges work most efficiently when they’re used to their full capacity.
Unfortunately, your washing machine isn’t a mind reader. If you only wash half a load of clothes, the machine will still use the same water and electricity as if it were washing a full load.
The same goes for cooling appliances – fridges and freezers are designed to cool every shelf evenly. If you have a large fridge, but you don’t use all the space, you’ll use more electricity than necessary.
White goods work most efficiently when they’re used to their full capacity.
The Long Term
We all like to save a bit of money where we can, but with appliances, this isn’t necessarily the best practice.
Cheaper appliances tend to be less efficient than expensive models – usually because they don’t have the same advanced technology. It might be tempting to go for the cheaper option, but buying a more expensive model now could save you money in the long run.
If you buy a washing machine with an energy consumption of 116 Kwh, compared to a model with an energy consumption of 194, you could save up to £175 over seven years.
Cheaper appliances tend to be less efficient than more expensive models.