Everywhere we look these days, there are messages surrounding the importance of being environmentally conscious. When buying a new appliance or replacing an existing one, choosing from the energy efficient range can save you money and reduce your environmental footprint. Doing so however, does not mean having to make a sacrifice in your lifestyle.
Do you dread receiving your quarterly electricity bill? Well the answer to your problems might be easier than you expected. Many electric appliances such as fridges, washing machines and dishwashers have an Energy Rating Label to help you compare how much electricity the product uses against other appliances.
The star rating gives an assessment of the model’s energy efficiency. The more stars, the more efficient the appliance is in comparison to other models in its line of function. The energy consumption figure shows an estimate of how much energy the appliance uses each year. The lower the figure, the better.
The costs of running standard, high usage appliances, or even older appliances that were previously considered energy efficient, can add up quickly. Switching to new energy-efficient items will save you money and energy in the short and long term. Buying cheaper products with fewer stars will end up costing you more in the long run.
When buying a new appliance, always think in terms of running costs and buy the most efficient appliance you can within your budget.
While considering energy efficient products is great, is it just as important to consider the usage and effectiveness of items. Before buying any appliance, give some thought to the following points:
- Do you really need the appliance or is there other cheaper ways to do the same thing?
- What will it cost to run the product?
- How will you dispose of the old appliance that is being replaced?
And when you do buy, keep in mind to:
- Buy the right size appliance for your needs so you don’t end up paying for electricity that you don’t need.
- Use the Energy Rating Label on the product where available. Keep in mind the features you are comparing are exact (for example; the same size washing machine), otherwise the readings will differ.
- Check the water efficiency of products if you’re buying a washing machine or dishwasher. Just like the energy rating, the more stars, the more efficient.
- Consider alternatives to electric powered appliances such as gas-fired or heat pump clothes dryer.
So, what are the household appliances you should look at converting over to energy-efficient?
Well, replacing all appliances to energy efficient is best, but we recommend starting with televisions, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, washing machines and clothes dryers.
In the end, there will always be a more energy efficient option – so do the smart thing for yourself and the environment.