If you want to improve your home energy efficiency, your household appliances are a great place to start.
It's important to select appliances which are suitable for our home and needs. Old or overly powerful appliances can lead to high energy bills. In this guide, we look at how to select suitable, energy-efficient home appliances.
What is an Energy Label?
If you're buying a new appliance, you should consider its energy label. Energy Labels help us measure a product's energy efficiency. Ratings are usually marked on a scale of G – A or G – A+++. A and A+++ are the most efficient options.
However, there is more to consider than a products energy rating. Products with the same energy rating can use different amounts of energy if they differ in size. For instance, a washing machine with 8 kg A+ energy label could cost less to run than a 12 kg model with an A+++ rating. It is why you need to select a suitable size for your needs.
According to regulations, the following household appliances must display energy labels:
- Boilers – Recommended Energy rating: A-rated/92% ErP
- Dishwashers – Recommended Energy rating: A+++
- Washing machines – Recommended Energy rating: A+++
- Tumble dryers - Recommended Energy rating: A+++
- Freezers, Fridges and Fridge-freezers - Recommended Energy rating: A+++
- Digital televisions - Recommended Energy rating: A++
- Cookers: Recommended Energy rating: A+
The higher a products energy rating, the more savings you are likely to make on your energy bills. For example, over a 13-year lifetime, a tumble dryer with an energy rating of A+++ could save you £370 more than an A-rated model.
Investing in energy-efficient appliances can not only positively impact your energy bills. It can also help the environment by lowering your carbon footprint.
The government has created several initiatives to help us use energy efficiently in our homes. In April 2018, the government launched the Boiler Plus scheme. This states that all boilers installed in UK homes must have a minimum ErP (Energy Related Product) rating of 92%.
What else can I do to reduce my appliances energy usage?
Choosing energy-efficient appliances is important. However, you should also consider how you use appliances in the home.
Below we list some simple tips that could help you save energy and reduce your utility bills:
1. Turn appliances off standby
Your appliances still use energy when they are in standby mode. Turning them off completely could help you save around £35 a year.
2. Invest in smart devices
Smart meters and smart thermostats will help you monitor your energy usage. You can even identify which appliances use the most energy. You can then consider changing the way you use those appliances.
3. Install Home insulation
Insulating and draught-proofing your home could make you less reliant on heating. Insulating areas such as your loft could help you save up to £395 on your yearly energy bill. Visit our Home Insulation guide to find out more.
4. Use alternative measures
Aim to limit your usage of high energy consumption appliances. For example, drying clothes outside or on a clotheshorse.
When using washing machines or dishwashers, make sure you get the most out of them. For example, wait until you can fill your dishwasher to make full use of each cycle.
5. Switch energy suppliers
When aiming to save energy, it's vital to ensure you're on the right energy deal. An expensive deal could be preventing you from making real savings.
By switching suppliers, you can quickly lower your energy bills. You'll have peace of mind knowing you're on the best deal for your home.
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Or, find out more about energy saving by visiting our energy guides.