Appliances vary in cost and size, from light bulbs to washing machines. Whether you’re buying an appliance for the first time or replacing one that’s worn out, look for an energy efficient model. They can help lower your energy bills and reduce your carbon emissions.
Switch to LED lightbulbs
Although LED light bulbs cost more than traditional incandescent ones, they last much longer – 10 to 30 years, depending on the type you buy and how you use it.
LEDs are also the most energy efficient bulbs you can buy. If you replaced all the bulbs in a typical 3 bedroom semi-detached home with LEDs, you’d save up to £35 a year and reduce your carbon emissions by 65kg a year.
Get a water efficient showerhead
Just spending one minute less in the shower each day could save up to £7 on your energy bills each year, per person. When it comes to the shower itself, there are bigger savings to be made. A 4 person family could save around £70 on their yearly gas bills with a water efficient shower head.
Change your desktop computer to a laptop
When it’s time to update your computer, choosing a laptop over a desktop computer could save up to £20 and 35kg of CO2 every year.
Turning off your computer equipment at the plug, instead of leaving it on standby could save a typical home around £6 and 20kg of CO2 every year.
Look for appliances rated A+ or higher
Appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, tumble driers and TVs must clearly display an EU Energy Label when they’re offered for sale. The labelling scheme was established to help people understand more about products before they buy.
Appliances are rated in terms of energy efficiency ‘classes’, from A to G. ‘A’ is the most efficient, and ‘G’ is the least efficient.
Since this rating scale was put in place, many companies have improved the energy efficiency of their appliances. So now, on top of the A to G scale, you’ll see appliances marked A+, A++ and A+++. The more ‘+’s the more energy efficient the appliance is.
Save around £320 with an A+++ fridge or freezer
Modern fridges and freezers are much more efficient than older models. The lowest rating you’ll find these days is an A+.
But choosing an A+++ fridge or freezer over an A+ model can have a big impact. You could save around £320 and 580kg of carbon dioxide over the lifetime of the product, assuming a 17 year lifespan as an average.
Save around £65 with an A+++ washing machine
Opting for an A+++ washing machine instead of A+ could save around £65 and use 17% less energy over its average 11 year lifetime.
When it comes to drying your clothes, opting to dry them outside or on a clothes horse can save an average of £30 a year and 60kg of CO2. But if you do need to buy a tumble dryer, going for an A+++ over a ‘B’ rated one could save you around £495 over its average 13 year lifetime.
Save around £75 with an A+++ dishwasher
Going for an A+++ dishwasher instead of an A+ could save around £75 over its average 11 year lifetime.
Save around £140 with an A++ TV
In general, smaller TVs use less energy. Choosing a 32” LCD instead of a 42” could save over £40 a year in running costs over the TV’s lifetime. But if size is important, choosing an A++ rated 40” TV over a market average one could save around £140 over the TV’s lifetime, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
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