BUYING NEW APPLIANCES
When you are buying a new appliance, there are quite a few considerations to think about, especially when it comes to energy efficiency. Think about your future needs and pick the right capacity for your needs, as this can help you choose the most efficient appliance.
It’s important that you look at the technical specifications of the appliance, as well as the energy rating. This will let you know more about potential running costs. As mentioned before, two appliances could have the same energy rating, but consume different amounts of energy.
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.
The estimated annual consumption will give you a good idea of how much the model costs to run. This should help you choose the most efficient appliance for your requirements.
White goods work most efficiently when they’re used to their full capacity.
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 tumble dryers work most efficiently when they’re running at full capacity.
The same is true for cooling appliances, as 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 needed.
THE LONG TERM
We all like to save a bit of money where we can, but buying the cheapest appliance on sale isn’t always the best advice.
Cheaper appliances tend to be less efficient than expensive models, as they usually don’t have the same advanced technology. It might be tempting to go for the cheaper option, but buying a more expensive model could save you money in the long run.