How to choose ap­pli­ances wisely

Whitsunday Times - - RESIDENTIAL -

EN­ERGY rat­ing is a guide to sav­ing money in the long term

When choos­ing a re­frig­er­a­tor, freezer, dish­washer, clothes washer or clothes dryer look care­fully at the en­ergy-rat­ing la­bel.

It tells you how en­ergy ef­fi­cient the ap­pli­ance is, as well as the amount of elec­tric­ity re­quired to run it each year.

The more stars the less en­ergy used and the lower the op­er­at­ing costs.

This also means re­duced green­house gas emis­sions.

A smart choice is one that con­tin­ues to save you money for the life of the ap­pli­ance.

Choos­ing the right size for your needs is also im­por­tant look for the ac­tual es­ti­mates of en­ergy and wa­ter use, also pro­vided on the la­bel.

The fridge uses the most en­ergy each year and the wash­ing ma­chine uses the most wa­ter each year.

It’s worth con­sid­er­ing these is­sues for your other ap­pli­ances, too. If you are choos­ing home en­ter­tain­ment equip­ment it pays to com­pare en­ergy use both when in use and when in standby mode.

Big­ger tele­vi­sion screens use more en­ergy and plasma screens tend to use more en­ergy than LCD screens. Cook­ing ac­counts for about 12% of the to­tal en­ergy used in a typ­i­cal house­hold.

Good cook­ing prac­tices, to­gether with care­ful se­lec­tion of ap­pli­ances, can cut your en­ergy bills sig­nif­i­cantly. Gen­er­ally, when com­par­ing sim­i­lar con­ven­tional cook­ing ap­pli­ances, elec­tric and LPG cook­ing costs more than that of nat­u­ral gas.

Smaller elec­tric ap­pli­ances, such as fry­ing pans and deep fry­ers, can be cheaper to run than both elec­tric and gas stoves when shorter cook­ing pe­ri­ods are re­quired. Sim­i­larly, mi­crowave ovens are very in­ex­pen­sive to run.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BE EN­ERGY AWARE: Mi­crowaves are an in­ex­pen­sive cook­ing method when it comes to en­ergy use.

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