Buying energy efficient appliances makes good sense. They’re cheaper to run, and reduce your environmental impact, without making a difference to your lifestyle. Here’s our top ten tips for buying wisely, thanks to Living Greener:
1. Choose the right product for your needs
Before you buy, think about whether you really need the product, or whether there are other less costly ways to do the same thing. For example, does your little flat really need a heater or will a nice big rug do the trick?
2. The right size for you
Make sure you buy the right size appliance for you, so that you don’t end up using electricity or water that you don’t need. There are lots of cute appliances created for single use or couples.
3. Energy Rating Label
Many products have Energy Rating Labels – the more stars, the more efficient the appliance. The Energy Rating website is a good place to compare products.
4. Water use
Check the water efficiency before you buy a dishwasher or washing machine. Check out the WELS water rating to compare products.
5. Washing machines and dryers
Front loaders are generally more water and energy efficient. Look for a model with separate hot and cold water connections. If you have an electric storage hot water system, it may be best to use the machine’s cold water connection and internal water heater. If you have solar hot water system, it may be more efficient to use the machine’s hot water connection. Purchase machines with economy cycles, auto load sensing and high speed spin cycles.
Clothes dryers use a lot of energy – adding up to 3kg of greenhouse gases into our environment for each load of washing. Choose the right size for you, the most energy efficient model and always consider outside drying before you push the ‘on’ button.
Look for a model with a good range of programs, including economy options. Buy a full size model, rather than a smaller model – and use it less often.
7. Fridges and freezers
Fridges and freezers use more power than any other appliance in Australian homes. Check the energy rating and make sure you buy the right size for your needs – too big and you’ll be cooling empty shelves, too small and you might be tempted to buy a second fridge.
8. Televisions and set-top boxes
Always check the Energy Rating. An efficient LCD screen is generally much cheaper to run than a plasma screen of the same size. Ask about LED back-lit TVs, a new technology which uses one quarter to one third the power of an equivalent sized plasma or LCD flat screen television.
9. Second hand
When considering buying second hand, remember newer appliances with the same energy Star Rating as an older appliance are often more efficient. This is because the standards for the Star Rating system have been raised in recent years with improvements to energy efficiency.
10. Buy wise, use wise
Remember that buying appliances with energy efficiency in mind is the first step, but using appliances efficiently is just as important.
Thanks to Living Greener