Energy Efficient Appliances
The running of household appliances accounts for 30% of the average UK household electricity bill, a huge £3.4 billion worth of electricity. Therefore one of the ways that you can reduce your overall electricity consumption is by ensuring that the appliances that you buy and use in your home are energy efficient. The Energy Saving Trust offer recommendations of products that are more energy efficient and cost effective based on the reviews of an annual, independent panel. Looking for the Energy Saving Trust logo is a quick and easy way of making sure new appliances you buy for your home are energy efficient. You could also look at the EU rating system that grades products from A++ to G based on their energy efficiency.
Energy Saving Lightbulbs
Energy saving lightbulbs are a quick and easy way of reducing your electricity consumption as they use 80% less electricity than a standard lightbulb. Old stereotypes about energy saving lightbulbs being bulky or giving off harsh light no longer apply, thanks to new technology energy saving lightbulbs now come in a range of shapes and sizes and are also available with dimmers and in ‘soft tone’. For every energy saving lightbulb you use in your house you could save £2.50 a year, on top of which they last longer than standard bulbs so you’ll be saving even more.
Energy Efficient Washing Machines
Washing Machines are graded by the Energy Saving Trust by an AAA system, referring to energy efficiency, spin efficiency and wash performance. Investing in an AAA washing machine will reduce your electricity consumption and ensure you get a high performance washing machine. Similarly choosing an EU A++ rated washing machine will cost less than half to run annually than a G rated washing machine.
Energy Efficient Tumble Dryers
When possible you should avoid using a tumble dryer by drying your clothes outside or inside on a clothes horse, for colder days and heavier items though using an electric tumble dryer may be unavoidable. Tumble dryers use a lot of energy so it is even more important to find one that is energy efficient to help you save money.
Energy Efficient Dishwashers
When choosing a dishwasher there are two things to consider: electricity consumption and water consumption. It is important for environmental purposes to go for a brand and model that performs well on both. A new, energy efficient dishwasher could give you an annual saving of £11 on your electricity bill and reduce your CO2 emissions by 47kg.
Energy Efficient Refrigerators
Choosing an energy efficient fridge and freezer is essential as this is the only appliance in the house that is on all the time. An inefficient fridge or freezer could be increasing your electricity bill and greatly increasing your carbon footprint, so consider upgrading to a new, Energy Saving Trust Recommended product. An EU A++ rated fridge freezer would cost less than £15.80 to run a year while a G rated could cost you more than £68.63. This demonstrates why energy efficiency ratings are extremely important to consider when buying a new appliance.
Energy Efficient Televisions
Investing in an Integrated Digital Televisions (IDTVs) will not only give you the latest in digital technology, it will reduce your electricity consumption by reducing the need for two appliances down to one. Similarly an IDTV, unlike a conventional set top box, can be switched off when not in use without losing its settings, so it doesn’t need to be left on stand by. If you are investing in a set-top box in preparation for the digital switch over then remember that an energy efficient set top box could cost 30% less to run.
Energy Efficient Radios
Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios not only produce better sound quality than analogue radios, they also use less electricity. An Energy Saving Trust Recommended DAB radio uses three-quarters less electricity than a standard radio.
Energy Efficient Computers
There are an estimated 12.2 million desktop computers and 17.3 million laptops in domestic use in the UK and 13% of the average household electricity bill goes on running IT equipment, so choosing an energy efficient laptop or desktop computer can have a significant impact in reducing carbon dioxide emissions within the UK. It is also worth considering that on average laptops are 80% more energy efficient than desktops, therefore investing in a laptop over a desktop could reduce your electricity bill by £30 a year.
Where can I get more advice about buying energy efficient appliances?
Looking for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo is one way of ensuring the product that you are buying is energy efficient. You could also look at the EU ratings that grade products on an energy efficient rating from A++ to G. You should do your research before shopping and ask in store for recommendations. Find out how much an appliance uses when on standby or if it has an energy saving feature such as automatic stand by. Also consider buying products that combine features, for example an integrated digital television, as this will use less electricity than two separate appliances.