Registered: Jun 2011
Posted August 5th, 2011 08:34 PM IP
How to choose energy efficient appliances?
When you want to purchase or replace household appliances like washing machine, dishwasher or fridge, make sure you consider its energy rating. You could be paying the price with higher energy bills by choosing the wrong model.
Energy efficient appliances use less power and water than inefficient models whilst performing to the same standards. You'll also find that energy efficient appliances don't usually cost any more but will pay you back with significant savings on your energy bills.
Efficient appliances are also more environmentally friendly, reducing bad impact on global warming and conserving valuable resources as water.
How much can you save with energy efficient appliances?
An energy efficient appliance will save you money every time you use it and the add-up savings must reach a remarkable reward in a short period. For example, an energy efficient fridge-freezer can save you £35 a year and £350 over the lifetime of the appliance. An energy efficient washing machine uses two thirds less electricity and less water. The savings are enough to pay for six month's worth of washing powder. An energy efficient dishwasher can save you £15 a year on your electricity bills.
If you eventually replaced all of your household appliances with energy efficient models, the savings would represent a significant reduction in your annual energy bills. So how can you identify an energy efficient appliance?
How to spot energy efficient appliances
Energy efficient appliances are easy to identify by the labels attached to them. You should look for the blue Energy Saving Recommended logo, the Energy Star symbol and the EU energy rating label.
One of the most helpful indicators is the EU energy rating label which displays an efficiency rating from A to G with A being the most efficient. An A-rated appliance will consume about half the power of a G–rated model.
The Energy Saving Trust is a Government body and is responsible for the Energy Saving Recommended labeling scheme for products that are energy efficient. Recommended products can be found at the Energy Saving Trust website.
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