Energy-saving white goods and appliances guide
Love Energy Savings has made it our mission to help our customers save on their home energy and commercial electricity bills. But that is not the only way to reduce your electricity bills. Becoming more energy-efficient saves you not only money but also reduces your carbon footprint.
If you are looking at replacing or buying a new appliance, considering the energy rating of what you will buy will save you money in the long run. We give you the information you need to know about energy-efficient white goods and other appliances.
What are energy-efficient white goods?
Energy-efficient white goods are fridges, washing machines, ovens, dishwashers and other large electrical devices used in our kitchens which use a low amount of energy. This is useful to know when you are shopping for a new appliance, because a fridge or washing machine which uses less energy will save you a lot of money on your home energy bills over the lifetime of the appliance.
Electricity bills make up a high proportion of many household bills, so saving money by reducing the energy you use means you have more money available for other things, as well as being better for the environment.
What are energy ratings?
Due to EU regulations, all appliances sold in the UK must be labelled with an energy-efficiency rating. This rating tells you how much energy the appliance uses. Ratings are between G (uses the most energy, therefore the least energy-efficient) and A +++ (uses the least energy and is the most energy-efficient). The only exception is washing machines, which are rated from least to most energy-efficient by A to A +++.
How to choose energy-efficient white goods
The better the energy rating of a white good, the fewer units of electricity per hour the appliance uses. If you are shopping in person, appliances should have their energy rating clearly labelled which you can then factor into your choice.
If you are shopping online, the energy rating should be displayed under product description information. The Energy Saving Trust has a fantastic resource register of the best energy-efficient products available in the UK which you might find useful.
It is sometimes the case that white goods with the best energy rating, especially A +++, can be more expensive than lower priced appliances. We all want to secure a bargain, but it is important for customers to think carefully before opting for the cheapest product available.
An A +++ rated washing machine, for example, is going to save you a considerable amount in reduced water and electricity usage just in the first year than a washing machine rated C. Alongside ratings, stores should also include information where relevant on how much electricity and water the appliance will use in an average year, so factor those calculations into your choice. After all, a high quality washing machine can last as long as 20 years so a slightly higher investment in purchasing can end up being a better deal in the long run.
What should I do with my old appliance?
If your old appliance is still working, you might want to consider donating it. Check locally if there are charitable services which might benefit or re-sell it, such as local women’s refuges, hospices, homeless or refugee and asylum services.
Otherwise, electronic appliances need to be disposed of carefully because they often contain hazardous chemicals which can cause significant environmental damage. They cannot be left with normal household waste.
If you are buying a new appliance, there is often a service to dispose of your old appliance for free. Otherwise, your appliance needs to be taken to your nearest recycling centre who will recycle it for free, or some local authorities may operate a collection service, though there may be a charge.
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