As a buyer, you can’t escape the influx of messages surrounding the importance of the environment and being environmentally conscious – and this applies to household appliances too. When buying a new appliance or replacing an existing, choosing from the energy-efficient range can save you both money and your environmental footprint on the earth – all without having to make a sacrifice in your lifestyle.
Do you cringe receiving that quarterly electricity bill? Well the answer to your problems might be closer than you expected. Many electric appliances 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!
Running standard, electricity-chewing appliances can add up to a huge chunk of your electricity bill. Switching to 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 low run anyway. Always think in terms of running costs – that will help you make your decision. It is simple for today’s consumer to purchase energy-efficient goods because they are labeled with specific ratings.
While buying energy-efficient products is great, is it just as important to be educated on usage and effectiveness of items. Before buying any appliance, give some thought to the following points:
- Whether you really need it or if there’s other, cheaper, ways to do the same thing
- What it will cost to run the product
- How you will dispose of the appliance when its done its dash
And when you 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.
- Check the water efficiency of products if you’re buying a washing machine or dishwasher. The more stars, the more efficient once again!
- 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 all is good, but we recommend your televisions, dishwashers, fridges and freezers, washing machines, clothes dryers, swimming pools, spas and pool pumps.
Keep in mind the features you are comparing are exact, otherwise the readings will differ. In the end, there will always be a more energy-efficient option – so do the smart thing for yourself and the environment.