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How to choose energy-efficient household appliances

How to choose energy-efficient household appliances
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Energy-efficient white goods are a great way to save money on your energy bills and reduce your carbon footprint

You can save money and reduce your impact on the environment by switching to models that save energy when you replace your old appliances. There is plenty of information available, but how can you avoid the greenwashing and find the truth about energy-efficient appliances?

Look for the Energy Label when shopping for new appliances

The first thing you should do when choosing energy-efficient appliances is to look for the Energy Label. The Energy Label is a government-mandated label that shows you how energy efficient an appliance is. The label will show you the appliance’s energy rating, which ranges from A to G, with A being the most efficient. You can learn more about the Energy Label at Label2020.

Consider the size of your white goods

Another thing you should consider when choosing energy-efficient appliances is the size of the appliance. Larger appliances will use more energy than smaller appliances, so it’s important to choose the right size appliance for your needs. For example, a person living on their own will have less food to store than a family of five, so a smaller refrigerator might be a better choice than a larger one.

You will also want to think about the space you have for your appliance. Some kitchens just don’t have room for a full-size dishwasher or an American-style fridge.

Look for appliances with eco-friendly features

There are a number of eco-friendly features that you can look for when choosing energy-efficient appliances. Some of these features include:

  • energy saving modes
  • timed start/stop functions
  • water-saving modes

Also look for appliances with serviceable parts and devices that are easy to keep clean. These will last longer because they are easier to care for and can be repaired. Ask your retailer about servicing and repairs, too.

Researching energy-efficient appliances

Before you buy an energy-efficient appliance, it’s a good idea to do some research. You can read reviews of different appliances online or ask your friends and family for recommendations. There is a lot of advice out there about household efficiency. One good resource when you are selecting new appliances is The Energy Saving Trust. Another is the consumer guide Which?

Buy your energy saving appliances from a reputable retailer

When you’re ready to buy an energy-efficient appliance, it’s important to buy from a reputable retailer. This will ensure that you’re getting a quality product and that you’re covered by a warranty. Ask what aftercare, technical support and services they provide. And get recommendations from family and friends to help you decide where to start shopping for energy-efficient appliances.

Take care of your appliances

One of the best ways to keep your energy-efficient appliances running efficiently is to take care of them. This means regularly cleaning and descaling them, and following the manufacturer’s instructions. Make full use of guarantees and warranties, and get your appliances serviced as the manufacturer recommends.

And this need for care extends to when you have to put your appliances into storage – see our blogpost on storing fridges and freezers for more details.

Think about how you will dispose of your appliance at end-of-life

It should be a long time in the future, but at some point your appliance will break down terminally and will need to be disposed of. Ask about take-back and recycling schemes for appliances you are about to buy. And some retailers might help with the disposal of the appliance you’re replacing – don’t forget to ask!

By following these tips, you can choose energy-efficient appliances that will save you money and help the environment.