Household appliances are so very useful, yet they can also be a staggering waste of money if we’re not careful. Being aware of wastefulness when using them, and taking into account certain factors when purchasing new appliances can make quite a difference to our annual energy bills.
- Check out the energy efficiency ratings and buy the best you can afford. Remember, to compare like for like. A larger fridge with an energy rating of A would probably be more cost effective to run than a smaller one with a C energy rating.
- Consider upgrading appliances which are more than ten years old. Replacing them with an alternative, newer appliance recommended by the Energy Saving Trust can save a considerable amount over the year.
- Choose new appliances with your own circumstances in mind. When making your decision on which dishwasher to buy, for example, you may want to take into account family size and opt for one which can wash a greater load at once. One load washes with the equivalent of two bowlfuls of water and I don’t know about you, but we use far more than two bowls if washing up after a meal by hand!
- Look out for end-of-line deals or shop at outlet stores. Keep an eye out for discontinued ranges which are often sold at greatly reduced prices, giving you way more bang for your buck.
- Don’t leave any appliances switched on without them being used. The standby button is one dead cert way of throwing money down the drain for absolutely nothing.
- Beware of hard water areas which can damage the lifespan of your washing machines and dishwashers by leaving behind hard deposits which cling onto the appliances. Use limescale removing products regularly and add salt to your dishwasher to keep them as limescale-free as possible. You might also want to consider installing a water softening system if hard water is a real issue in your area.
- Plenty of newer models come with eco-programmes. Using these reduces both water and electricity – great news for saving money if you’re also on a water meter.
- Use full loads in dishwashers and washing machines, but don’t overfill! Leave space for clothes to move around and be agitated during the wash cycle as this is the motion which removes the dirt from the clothes. Compacting clothes together too much will reduce the efficiency of this. Make sure dishwashers are stacked properly to ensure everything will be washed as it should be.
- Keep on top of general maintenance which is easily overlooked. Clear out filters, check for potential blockages and wash out detergent drawers regularly.
- Reduce the temperatures. Reducing the temperature on lightly soiled dishes or clothes will still provide them with a good clean, yet you’ll also benefit from saving money in the process too. Quick cycles also save time, money and energy so if things just need freshening up use this option instead of the full cycle.
If we think about how much we rely on these items day after day, we find we can soon make substantial savings with very little effort if we just follow a few simple energy-saving steps!