Kitchen Appliances That Save
In this ‘green’ world of energy-efficiency measures we’re all looking for ways to reduce our energy outgoings and our carbon footprint. And it’s not only contributing to the welfare of the planet, it will help save money too. A great place to start an energy ‘audit’ of your home is to look at your appliances and see whether they’re as energy-efficient as they could be, or to invest in new appliances that will lower your energy consumption. Here’s a handy guide that will help your wallet and your wattage.
Where to start
When buying a new appliance or checking your old ones, look to see whether it’s Energy Saving Trust Recommended and what it is ranking is in terms of EU energy standards: A being the best, G being the worst. Some fridges and freezers can be ranked as highly as A++. While we’d all like to buy new, it’s also worth considering buying a second-hand fridge. Consider the option if it’s more energy-efficient than your current model, as it will save you money in the long run but won’t seem as much of a drain on the finances. Older appliances however aren’t as energy-efficient as newer models. If you can cope with a few scratches and dents, buying ex-display or “scratch and dent” models is a great way to save money on a new appliance.
The best way to save money using your washing machine is to run a 30 degree cycle every time. Modern detergents have no problem cleaning clothes at these temperatures. If you stick to this rule, you can save a lot on your energy bill over the year. Make sure to do a full load or use the half-load settings if washing fewer clothes. If your washing machine uses more than 50 litres per wash then it might be time to look at getting a new one. If you need financing options, then a good option is a Beko Washing Machine from K&Co.
Dishwashers set on their ‘eco’ cycles generally use a lot less water than hand-washing. Studies have shown that in some cases it’s up to 85%. You only have to think of the water you waste while you run the tap and wait for the water to heat up. Not only will dishwashers save you money on your water bill but they save energy too as they use at least half as much energy as the average hand-washing session – and you can wash a lot more dishes at once! You can look for an eco-friendly Bosch Dishwasher here.
Fridge/freezers are one of the few appliances that are always on, so over their lifetime, they can end up using enormous amounts of energy, even more if they’re inefficient older models. If your fridge doesn’t have a good energy rating, consider investing in a new model and ensure that you buy the right size for your needs. After all, a fridge that’s always too full will have to work that much harder to cool the food, and a fridge that’s half-full will waste energy.